A Story of Pueblo Revolt 1680 to 2180 – Virgil Ortiz
I was fortunate to visit the Denver Art Museum last week. Three great shows there right now: “Wyeth, Andrew and Jamie in the Studio”; “A Place in the Sun with Walter Ufer and E Martin Hennings; and Virgil Ortiz.
Such great contrasts. The Denver Art Museum is a gem. It isn’t the Chicago Art Institute or the MET but it is a treasure. The contrasts between the paintings fo the Wyeth show of the East and the Ufer/Hennings paintings of the SouthWest was wonderful to see in one visit. The gray skies of the NorthEast with Wyeth’s contemporaries in Jamie and Andrew’s paintings. The bright blue skies with floating clouds and colors of the Native Americans in Mr Ufer and Henning’s paintings made me smile. Although I have spent all of my life in the East, I so love sunshine and blue skies.
Virgil Ortiz’s ceramics are interesting in that they honor the maker’s heritage of creating ceramic forms using traditional methods but the theme of his work is current and forward thinking, futuristic. This is the first time that he has completed a complete ceramic story line of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Check out the film created talking about his work: http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/revolt-1680-2180-virgil-ortiz