The Future is History

The Future is History

Visualize a figure covered entirely in a metallic sheen, sporting black patent leather combat boots, and a chrome morion helmet, like some portentous apocalyptic avatar, fends off invisible enemies with a large sword. It’s a modern-day depiction of the 1680 Pueblo...

Revolution: Rise Against the Invasion

Revolution: Rise Against the Invasion

Imagine foreign forces abruptly entering your homeland, enforcing laws, invalidating your religion, prohibiting the expression of your culture, plundering your resources, and executing your family members and fellow citizens. Then, after nearly a century living under...

Twist in Traditional Design

Twist in Traditional Design

Virgil Ortiz dipped a brush into an orb of black paint on his palm, swirled it amid the contours of a model’s neck, then spiraled it downward around his chest. He says the designs could be mustaches or sperm tails. Crowned in a black helmet of plastic foam blades, the...

Prelude: ReVOlution is Coming

Prelude: ReVOlution is Coming

ARTIST STATEMENT This is a critical moment for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and for Native art. Today, many Native artists feel that they are being discouraged, or that there is an attempt to silence their art, much as happened in the past....

Collecting Pueblo Pottery

Collecting Pueblo Pottery

At Indian Market in Santa Fe every August, pueblo pottery is perhaps the most coveted. Ranging in technique and design, pots, jars, urns, and plates tell a story of traditional craftsmanship, often brought into the 21st century by modern potters. “I am inspired by...

FULL SPEED AHEAD

FULL SPEED AHEAD

    Native American Futurist Virgil Ortiz is a Pueblo artist inspired by two loves: the traditional figurative ceramic style he learned from his mother, and Star Wars. These influences resulted in Revolt 1680/2180, a sculpture series retelling the story of his...

DKNYxVO

DKNYxVO

The Art and Times of a Santa Fe Artist. In this issue, you’ll meet people who inspire me: Milla Jovovich, the international model-actress who stars in both our Donna Karan New York and DKNY ad campaigns and an artist I met in Santa Fe: provocateur Virgil Ortiz, whose...

BLIND ARCHERS

BLIND ARCHERS

“You are no longer blind when you can see through your fear.” For nearly two decades, I have been creating the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180 stories in clay; the words and advice of my mother keep coming back to me. When I was young I was very close to her and not only did...