The Art and Artistry of Margaret Tafoya: Santa Clara Pueblo Potter

The Art and Artistry of Margaret Tafoya location:

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501

The Art and Artistry of Margaret Tafoya
times & ticket prices:

Admission is free with the purchase
of tickets to The Antique American Indian
Art Show Santa Fe

The Art and Artistry of Margaret Tafoya
2014 exhibit dates:

August 14-21

M Tafoya Tafoya Family Tafoya Group shot

The Art and Artistry of Margaret Tafoya: Santa Clara Pueblo Potter

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The Millicent Rogers Museum (Taos) and El Museo Cultural (Santa Fe) are pleased to present the exhibition The Art and Artistry of Margaret Tafoya: Santa Clara Pueblo Potter. The exceptional objects in this collection were assembled by the Four Winds Gallery (Pittsburgh) and they chronicle the life and work of Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).

Born at Santa Clara Pueblo (located between Taos and Santa Fe), Margaret Tafoya learned to make
pottery from her parents, Sara Finna and Jose Tafoya. Margaret expanded upon the traditional work of
her family and began to make larger, more elaborate and highly polished works incorporating deeply
carved motifs such as bear paws and the famed Avanyu (water serpent). She received numerous
prizes and awards including being named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for
the Arts. In addition to being a master potter, she also was the matriarch to several generations of
her family who also continue to produce this distinctive pottery.

The exhibition will feature 24 examples of Tafoya's pottery spanning her life. A much larger exhibition
showcasing the entire Four Winds Tafoya collection will open in the summer of 2015 at the Millicent
Rogers Museum.

The Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) in Taos is one of the premier museums in the American
southwest. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the MRM is dedicated to sharing and
celebrating the arts and cultures of the American southwest through its collection of more than 7000
objects spanning from the prehistoric to the contemporary. Special and unique exhibitions, such as the
show Fred Harvey and the Making of the American West (August 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015)
use objects from private collections. A visit to the Millicent Rogers Museum is an introduction to both
the diverse and authentic heritage of this region. Open daily (closed major holidays) from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., an admission fee is charged.