PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — From fascinating metals to colorful textiles and hand-tightened pottery, this weekend marks the start of how you can explore the traditions of Southwestern Native art at the Barnes Museum. So dive in, take a deep breath and enter their new exhibition “Eau, Vent, Souffle”.
“This exhibit tells the story of Dr. Albert Barnes’ travels in the Southwest – New Mexico and Arizona in 1929, 1930 and 1931,” said co-curator Lucy Fowler Williams. “He enthusiastically attended the Pueblo dances and he just experienced the community. This is just another window on Dr. Barnes. What inspired him was seeing how Navajos and Pueblos lived with this art on a daily basis.
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“Many of the pieces in the Barnes collection were the first to be used in households. They were used in communities for different reasons, and it shows that the processing of things being widely used in communities and things being made or sold said co-curator Tony Chavarria.
There are 100 rooms that each contain a story.
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“The textiles you see that are very shiny are Navajo. In the late 1860s and early 1870s, Navajos received commercial yards from this area – from Germantown, Pennsylvania,” Fowler Williams said.
If you look closely enough, the message may move you.
“The pieces here are from the Zuni Pueblo, they show this idea of transformation – that light is fundamentally possible through water,” Chavarria said.
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The exhibition runs from February 20 to May 15. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.