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Lectures Teach Patrons How to Identify Arts at Indian Market

JULY 18, 2019

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – MIAC presents a series of lectures on August 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. in advance of Indian Market. The lectures will teach patrons how to distinguish between highly sought-after Native arts that bring audiences from all over the world and their counterparts masquerading as Native arts. The three lecture topics include weaving and textiles, turquoise and jewelry, and varied prints. Each lecturer is a professional artist, collector, or educator, centering their discussions on skills cultivated through generations across the country.

At 1:00 p.m. Joyce Begay-Foss (Diné), MIAC’s Education Director and professional weaver, leads an illustrated discussion on identifying Native weaving. She will discuss what to look for in each individual piece as well as what to avoid when purchasing different textiles, particularly Navajo weavings at Indian Market.

Following Ms. Begay-Foss, Garrick Beck, owner of Natural Stones, revisits his earlier seminar about turquoise and jewelry at 2:00 p.m. The lecture will include a demonstration, complete with images and physical examples, passed among audience members. Beck will discuss tactile and visual components of authentic materials as compared with bone, glass, composites, plastic, and other substitutes.

Finally, Tom Leech, the Director of the Palace Press, will provide insight on various prints including lithographs, woodblocks, screenprints, and more at 3:00 p.m. Leech will bring demonstrations to his lecture and discuss varying attributes of each medium with audience members.

The lecture series will provide prospective buyers and collectors with the knowledge to make purchases with confidence.

Indian Market Buyers Lecture Series

Where: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, O’Keeffe Theater

Date: August 15, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Tickets: The series is available for $10.00 and guests may write checks to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation for admission.