Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Cochiti Pueblo Potter Virgil Ortiz Displays Spin on Tradition with New Clay Works Series: Vertigo
Santa Fe, NM—The past receives a current voice with Virgil Ortiz’ newest figurative work. With pieces whose scale and style are both unprecedented, the series infuses cultural understanding and historic research. Just as his ancestors used clay to comment on their lives and experiences; Ortiz does the same and adds a fresh element and spin enlisting family members to contribute their respective works in this spectacular series.
Ben Wittick Photo, Cochiti Pueblo Figures, Circa 1880’s
Virgil Ortiz Photo, Cochiti Pueblo Figures, By Virgil Ortiz and Ortiz Family, “Vertigo: A Spin on Tradition – Reviving the Past” 2011
Inspired by Ben Wittick’s photograph, circa 1880, Ortiz recreates the scene using a photograph of the Charles Bridge he took during a visit to Prague, Czech Republic in 1999. “When I walked up to the Charles Bridge, it reminded me of that photo from the Clay People book and I knew someday I would recreate it” says Ortiz.
Vertigo opens August 1 and runs through September 5, 2011 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture located at 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail. Twenty-two pieces in all made by Ortiz and his family are in the exhibition.
In conjunction with the exhibition is a panel discussion, Vertigo: A Spin on Tradition ~ Reviving the Past with Virgil Ortiz and family members, moderated by Charles King, on Sunday, August 7, 2 p.m. Free with Museum admission. Seating is limited.