The cool waters of cultural communion
For all the cultural conflict that has enveloped New Mexico over the past few centuries, the region has also boasted periods of cross-cultural cooperation and artistic collaboration. The newly published Converging Streams: Art of the Hispanic and Native American Southwest pays homage to the exchange between Hispano and Indian artists over the past 400 years. Published by the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (and distributed by the Museum of New Mexico Press), this nearly 300-page tome, edited by William Wroth and Robin Farwell Gavin, includes 11 essays by artists and historians and a slew of images.
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art launches the book with an-all day Converging Streams Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the museum, 750 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill), 982-2226. It’s free, and the lineup of events and speakers is as follows: 9 a.m. Coffee
9:30 a.m. Introduction by William Wroth: “Converging Streams and Diverging Views: An Overview”
10 a.m. Estevan Rael Gálvez: “Coyote Convergence”
10:45 a.m. Ann Lane Hedlund: “Three Southwestern Textile Traditions”
11:15 a.m. Keith Bakker: “Pueblo Furniture Making in New Mexico” Noon Book signing and lunch.
1:30 p.m. Robin Farwell Gavin: “Creating a New Mexico Style”
2 p.m. Lane Coulter: “Early Jewelry of the Pueblos, Navajos, and Hispanos of New Mexico”
2:45 p.m. Charles M. Carrillo: “The Tale of Hispanic Pottery in 18th-and 19th-Century New Mexico”
3:15 p.m. Enrique R. Lamadrid: “Indo-Hispano Artifacts of Resistance and Redemption”
4 p.m. Panel discussion