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A STRANGE MIXTURE: THE ART AND POLITICS OF PAINTING PUEBLO INDIANS. Sascha T. Scott. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2015. Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West, 16. Published in association with William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. 280 pp. with 91 ills. (57 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 2014-606 ISBN 9780806144849 In English.
Publisher's description: Attracted to the rich ceremonial life and unique architecture of the New Mexico pueblos, many early-twentieth-century artists depicted Pueblo peoples, places, and culture in paintings. These artists' encounters with Pueblo Indians fostered their awareness of Native political struggles and led them to join with Pueblo communities to champion Indian rights. In this book, art historian Sascha T. Scott examines the ways in which non-Pueblo and Pueblo artists advocated for American Indian cultures by confronting some of the cultural, legal, and political issues of the day. Scott closely examines the work of five diverse artists, exploring how their art was shaped by and helped to shape Indian politics. She places the art within the context of the interwar period, 1915-30, a time when federal Indian policy shifted away from forced assimilation and toward preservation of Native cultures. Through careful analysis of paintings by Ernest L. Blumenschein, John Sloan, Marsden Hartley, and Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), Scott shows how their depictions of thriving Pueblo life and rituals promoted cultural preservation and challenged the pervasive romanticizing theme of the "vanishing Indian."
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945 — Painting
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 165665
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