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.

 

Jamie Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth

 

Jamie Wyeth - Twin Houses

Jamie Wyeth – Twin Houses

 

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.
A Friendly Encounter by E. Martin Hennings

A Friendly Encounter by E. Martin Hennings

Me and Him by Walter Ufer

Me and Him by Walter Ufer

 

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

 

Revolt 2180

Virgil Ortiz

 

Being Home

Being Home

Tahu Shooting

Tahu Shooting

Tahu 1

Tahu 1