Jeanne and Richard Levitt Lectureship: American Crafts in Context with Jason Garcia The Ever–Changing Cultural Landscape of KhaPo Owingeh— Santa Clara Pueblo, NM

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

116 Art Building West
141 N Riverside Drive, Iowa City

My ceramic work documents the ever-changing cultural landscape of my home of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. My Tewa cultural ceremonies, traditions, and stories, as well as 21st century popular culture, comic books, and technology, influence my art. Using traditional materials and traditional Pueblo pottery techniques, I feel that it is important to keep alive the pottery traditions that have been passed down to me since time immemorial. I feel that these materials and techniques connect me to my ancestral past and landscape, but also connect myself and future generations to our Tewa cultural traditions.

The Tewa artist Jason Garcia, also known by his Tewa name, Okuu Pin’, comes from the Gutierrez family of preeminent potters on the Santa Clara Pueblo. A member of the Summer Clan, he learned to work with clay under the guidance of his mother and father, Gloria “Goldenrod” Garcia and John Garcia.

Garcia has won major awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, and the 2007 Ronald N. and Susan Dubin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research. His work appeared in Comic Art Indigène at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and in Native Pop! at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Jason Garcia's innovative style of synthesizing traditional Pueblo aesthetics and American pop culture in clay, printmaking, and photography continues to make him one of the young leaders in American Indian art.

Cost: Free


Jason Garcia (American; Tewa peoples, American 1973–)

Tewa Tales of Suspense, no. 38: Cry of the Conqueror!

, 2014
Earthenware ceramic, 11 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 1/4 in.
UIMA School Programs Collections, AIE.74

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