Indian Pueblo Cultural Center



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Current Exhibitions

Charles Lovato The Original Instructions
Pueblo Sovereignty and Pueblo Governance

For Pueblo people, governance is integrated into all aspects of conscious living and depends upon maintaining balance among all living things in the Universe. Yet three successive colonizing nations have tried to redefine our way of life and right to exist on our own terms. In 1864, the U.S. Government Superintendent of Indians for the territory of New Mexico, Dr. Michael Steck, presented ebony canes to each of the 19 Pueblo Governors as part of confirming the Pueblo land patents and as a symbol of their relationship with the U.S. The canes were modeled after those given by the Spanish in 1620 and those given by the Mexicans in 1828. Today these canes are passed through the line of succession of Pueblo Governors and their staff.

The Original Instructions explores sovereignty, governance and leadership from a Pueblo worldview, while reflecting upon the history and symbolism of the Lincoln canes. The exhibit also looks at the evolving nature of Pueblo ingenuity, perseverance and resilience and our right of existence from a Pueblo perspective.

Albuquerque Indian School Retrospective with a Vision Forward
Oct 4 2013 thru Balloon Fiesta 2015

Supported in part, by our community partner:

The AIS experience was unique and in ways different than other boarding school experiences in other states. It gave Native students a place to integrate cultural diversity, while learning trades and skills that could be utilized in their home communities or within surrounding towns. The campus played an important role in the lives of each individual, whether by choice or demands. The impact on their lives and this campus will never be forgotten. The purpose of the Albuquerque Indian School Retrospective exhibition is to convey the boarding school experience through a historical beginning of harsh realities and take the visitor through a journey, a path of forcible education to lifetime friendships.

Photos courtesy of Dr. Ted Jojola and the Denver National Archives

Supported in part, by our community partner:


Past Exhibits
100 Years 100 Years of State and Federal Policy:
The Impact on Pueblo Nations
Now showing in the South Gallery and Rotunda

This exhibition and its public programming will reflect upon the human experience behind enacted policies and laws on Pueblo communities by other governments. It will add to a well-documented history of Pueblo resilience since the time of Emergence. Interviews with Pueblo members will provide visitors with historical and personal reflections to help them understand and appreciate these historic challenges, often imposed through policy and laws, all intended to purposefully remove Pueblo people away from their core values. See more here

100 Years Sponsors

IPCC Home Page W.K. Kellogg Website New Mexico Centennial website Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau website

Charles Lovato Reticulation & Refinement: Prints & Pottery from Our Collection.
Through June 7, 2015

An exploration of works in paper and clay and how unique two art forms—lithography and black-on-black pottery—are linked by color. For more than 200 years, lithographic artists and printers have used grease based materials to put their images on stone and metal plates. The art of lithography is known for producing a deep velveteen black that is not found in other printing processes. Like Pueblo pottery, lithography depends upon water and as an art form is organic and sometimes unpredictable. Black-on-black pottery was pioneered in the early 20th century by potters Maria and Julian Martinez, who perfected a reduction firing process that produced a rich black hue. The beautiful black vessels they created breathed new life into Pueblo pottery and brought worldwide attention to the form.

The show features recent donations to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s collection and many prints and pottery that have never before been seen by the public. Includes work from Charles Lovato (Santo Domingo), Diane O’Leary (Comanche), Carl Gorman (Navajo), Ed Singer (Navajo), Kevin Red Star (Crow), Maria and Julian Martinez (San Ildefonso), Preston Duwyenie (Hopi), Rose Gonzales (San Ildefonso).

Generations of Prayer, Song & Dance
The works of Larry Phillips Sr. (Ohkay Owingeh) -- Opning July 25th

Join us for the opening reception and meet the artist July 25th!

• Special Member Preview 5:00p – 6:00p Avanyu Gallery
• Public Opening Reception & Viewing 6:00p-7:30p
Silver & Turquoise Rooms/ Avanyu Gallery

Generations of Prayer, Song and Dance
The works of Larry Phillips Sr., - Ohkay Owingeh Artist

This powerful exhibition showcases the career of Ohkay Owingeh photographer and traditional artist Larry Phillips, Sr.  One of the first Native artists to practice photography, Phillips offers a compelling portrait of the Ohkay Owingeh way of life, giving vivid representation to scenes of prayer, song and dance passed down through generations. His images of Ohkay Owingeh dancers tell a story of the living culture of his People, the role of prayer in Pueblo life and how the beat of the drum connects them to the earth and all living things.

Spanning Phillips’ career as an artist, the exhibition documents his early years developing film in the Museum of International Folk Art’s darkroom and his nearly four decades as a traditional artist making ceremonial objects such as headdresses, lightning sticks and rattles. Now as Lieutenant Governor of Ohkay Owingeh, he balances his creative pursuits with responsibilities to his people. Including photographs, paintings and ceremonial objects, the exhibition shows Phillips’ passion for the Ohkay Owingeh way of life and offers a brilliant look at this unique living culture.

Mosaic Patterns Of The Thunderbird
January 31 through July 11, 2014

Exhibition Opening on Friday January 31, 2014
Members Special Preview – 4:00pm– 6:00pm
Opening Reception - 6:00- 8:00pm, Silver & Turquoise Room
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Exhibition Period
January 31 through July 11, 2014

Thunderbird Jewelry from Santo Domingo Pueblo was created and developed during the Depression era, a time of struggle when materials were difficult to purchase. Traditional art was changing in many ways, driving the Santo Domingo Jewelers to become very resourceful. They began producing thunderbird motif necklaces with applique` mosaic style techniques. This style became one of the most unique and sought-after jewelry formats of that era. Few Thunderbird Jewelry pieces from this era are still around today which makes them even more desirable.

The Thunderbird Jewelry Collection of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum has over 70 pieces that includes necklaces, pendants, and earrings. This collection was donated by Martine Lovato (Santo Domingo Jeweler) on behalf of his late wife, Rita Lovato. Rita collected her Thunderbird Jewelry pieces, over the years while married to Martine.

Rita was from New York State and early in their relationship she represented Martine’s work around the world.  It was Rita’s wish that her entire collection go to a worthy museum, so it could be shared with others. With the help of Martine and his family, and in the memory of Rita, we are honored to present their entire their Thunderbird Jewelry collection as part of this special exhibition.

Saints of the Pueblos Now Showing in the Avanyu Gallery
Saints of the Pueblos

Featuring the striking retablos created by renowned santero Charles M. Carrillo.

This body of work is part of the
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's permanent collection, and it is our pleasure to showcase the retablos in a new installation.

See the Interactive Saints

More info on Saints and Feast Days

childrens art show

The Seagren Collection
Gifts Brought Home

Showing in the Avanyu Gallery through December 112013.

Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo Artists are represented in this exquisite pottery collection.

Explore the relationships between the artist, collector, and the art.

childrens art show

Gathering the Clouds Gathering the Clouds -
Now Showing in the Avanyu Gallery
In conjunction with the Gathering the Clouds Exhibition, Weaver Louie Garcia shares both his own story and some of the stories behind centuries-old weaving traditions in New Mexico.

"Gathering the Clouds"
is an exhibition of Pueblo textiles and pottery that expresses the deep interconnection between Pueblo spirituality, art and nature. Our intention in exhibiting these beautiful collections is not only to share the genius of the artists who created them, but also to share with the viewer the power and significance of the "Gathering of the Clouds" – the calling upon the elements of earth, air, fire and water to bring all that is essential for life in the Pueblo world.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Blair Collection of Tewa Hopi Pottery

Dr. Gregory Schaaf Collection of Pueblo Textiles and Paintings

Zuni Map Art A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World
A Zuni Map Art Exhibition

Zuni Map Art Exhibition Opens October 5 - Opening Reception October 20
A collection of Zuni map art paintings depicting the Colorado Plateau as a cultural and sacred landscape, rather than simply a physical entity

See more information, videos, and programing schedule here.

To Feel the Earth

To Feel the Earth: Moccasins of the Southwest
Now Showing in the Avanyu Gallery


To Feel the Earth: Moccasins of the Southwest
A banner exhibition from the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM) that examines the art and history of moccasin-making among southwest Native tribes

October 5, 2012 – March 28, 2013

To Feel the Earth was made possible through the generous support of the Anne Ray Charitable Trust

Grab the Exhibition The Exhibition

Grab the Exhibition

G R A B :
The People, Land and Tradition of the Laguna Pueblo

Featuring the photography of Cybelle Codish, Idris Rheubottom and Tony Craig

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center South Gallery
18 August 2011 – 6 November 2011

Opening Reception and Program in Chaco I & II Rooms
18 August 2011, Thursday
6pm-6:45pm Reception | 6:45pm-7:15pm Program

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Student Drawing"Student Reflections on Po'Pay Speaks: If Corn Dies, We Die"

Young artists from Santo Domingo Pueblo created this beautiful exhibition in response to seeing the play Po'pay Speaks, If Corn Dies, We Die, written and performed by Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.
Showing in the IPCC Museum May 25 - August 31, 2012.

popayThe Pueblo Rebellion of 1680

In 1680, Po'Pay, a charismatic Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo leader, directed a rebellion from Taos Pueblo that drove the Spanish from what is now Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Several years in the planning, the revolt depended on secrecy, coordination and a fast, secure system of communication.

Some 25 Pueblos were involved, covering a fair portion of two states – Arizona and New Mexico. In August of that year, runners set out from Taos Pueblo to as far away as the Hopi Mesas to the west, some 400 miles. The runners carried offerings of corn and knotted cords to be left at each Pueblo along the way. By untying a knot each day, the conspirators were assured of a simultaneous uprising.

They killed twenty-one of the province's forty Franciscans, and another three hundred and eighty Spaniards, most of them combatants. Several thousand Spanish settlers fled to safety in Mexico.

Little is known of Po'Pay.

The students captured many details from the play Po' Pay Speaks, creating very detailed works which says they were very moved and affected by the story of Po'Pay.

Celebrating Native Legacies Works in Clay by Kathleen Wall Celebrating Native Legacies Works in Clay by Kathleen Wall
Febuary 28 to October 11 2009 SEE VIDEO HERE...

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Walatowa Sculptors Walatowa Sculptors Shaping Our Stories
Exhibit Ended Jan. 31, 2009

September 28 2008 - January 31 2009 - The Cultural and Physical Landscape of Walatowa Come Alive in a New Exhibition at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
see the Sunday Presentation Series ScheduleWatch the Walatowa Sculptors Video SeriesWalatowa Sculptors:  Shaping Our Stories

The works of six renowned sculptors from the Pueblo of Jemez is the focus of our new exhibition.

The works featured in the exhibit include bronze, clay and stone sculptures created by Estella Loretto, Clifford Fragua,
Laura Fragua-Cota, Adrian Wall,
Joe Cajero, Jr. and James A. Vigil. 
All sculptors are award-winning artists.

Amy Johnson, curator said, "The exhibition portrays the strong connection of each artist to the ever-evolving creative process, their homeland and the spiritual realm."

The featured sculptors will provide presentations and demonstrations as part of the accompanying programming scheduled throughout the fall and winter (see schedule below). 

Video of the artists and thier stories, told from their studios, can be seen in the
Walatowa Sculptors Video Series.
Watch the Walatowa Sculptors Video Series

The sculptures featured in this exhibition will be available for sale with a generous percentage of the proceeds directly benefiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's exhibitions and programs.

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"Walatowa Sculptors – Shaping Our Stories" Sunday Presentation Series:

October 12 (Sun)
Adrian Wall Sculptor demonstration @ Pueblo House, 10 am to 12 noon

November 9 (Sun)
James Vigil Sculptor demonstration @ Pueblo House, 10 am to 12 noon

November 16 (Sun)
Meet the Walatowa Sculptors – the sculptors willl share stories of inspiration, creativity, techniques and their artistic growth
in Room Chaco I, 1 pm - 3 pm

December 14 (Sun)
Estella Loretto, Sculpture Demonstration @ Pueblo House, 10 am to 12 noon

January 11 (Sun)
Cliff Fragua, Sculpture Demonstration @ Pueblo House 10 am to 12 noon