April 3, 2017
Following months of renovation, the dust will soon settle in our South Gallery here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center! Our museum team and maintenance crews have been hard at work designing two all-new exhibits, and we’re excited to unveil both in one grand opening on Saturday, April 15.
“Long Ago…” will present the Pueblo people’s rich tradition of storytelling by leading visitors through a series of Pueblo tales. Our Project Specialist Leo Vicenti (Jicarilla Apache) has spent countless hours collecting stories from each Pueblo and curating them to reflect our communities’ diversity and convey our collective wisdom.
He then translated these stories into various forms for everyone to experience. Colorful larger-than-life illustrations fill curved walls, passages of text can be read aloud, and multimedia narratives encompass viewers in a small theater. The exhibit even concludes with an interactive feature where visitors are invited to share their own stories.
Meanwhile, “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will highlight our relationship to the land and natural resources. This exhibit’s completion was guided by our new Curator or Exhibitions, Rachel Moore (Hopi), who joined the museum team in early March.
“Visitors will learn about Puebloan agricultural practices as well as the values and beliefs that continue to shape who we are in the modern era,” explains Moore. Her deft writing explores Pueblo life through a child’s lens, describing everything from how we greet the sun at dawn to how we respect the Earth’s resources.
These temporary exhibits will supplement our permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,” which opened almost exactly a year ago in April 2016 as part of our year-long 40th anniversary celebration. “Our permanent exhibit will always offer visitors the chance to learn our history as told by Pueblo people in our own voices,” says Museum Director Monique Fragua (Jemez). “At the same time, the South Gallery will serve as a space for us to engage with guests by presenting different topics for a deeper, richer understanding.”
Both new temporary exhibits will open to the public on Saturday, April 15. IPCC Members will also enjoy an exclusive sneak preview event on Friday, April 14. “Long Ago…” will be open through July 2018, while “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will only run through September 2017, after which it will come down to make room for additional temporary exhibits going forward. So don’t delay—plan your visit today!