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Santana Martinez Polishing a Pot

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, May 1978

Santana Martinez, whose work was on exhibit at the Renwick Gallery in "Maria Martinez: Five Generations of Potters" (March 31- August 13,1978), polishing a pot.

Feather Bowl

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Los Fantasmas: Lamento

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Maria Montoya Martinez and her husband, Julian, were Tewa Native Americans from San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico. Inspired by ancient pots excavated near the pueblo between 1907 and 1909, the couple broke away from traditional polychrome wares and began creating decorative black-on-black pieces covered with stylized designs based on natural forms. The Martinezes are credited with revitalizing a declining pottery tradition and with pioneering a new style that resonated with the art deco movement of the 1930s.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Totem Negro XVI

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and now living in Miami, Martínez-Cañas assembled the pieces of her multifaceted identity into a totem by using a complex photographic process. She drew cubist patterns and abstracted natural forms on large-scale negatives, incorporated images drawn from Cuban colonial maps and pre-Columbian art, and printed them in black-and-white. These hybrid forms announce her multiple cultural connections and recall the paintings of Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian
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