February 20 – May 15, 2022

This major exhibition explores Pueblo and Navajo pottery, textiles, and jewelry as living traditions that promote individual and community well-being through their making and use. With nearly 100 works, the show presents objects that Dr. Albert Barnes collected in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, during the 1930s as well as works by contemporary Native American artists that highlight the connections between historic pieces and modern practices.

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community is co-curated by Lucy Fowler Williams, associate curator-in-charge and Jeremy A. Sabloff Keeper of American Collections at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, and Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), curator of ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe.