Jim and Dody Hoffman of Las Lunas presented a major gift of 35 pieces of pueblo pottery including significant examples by Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso), Tony Da (San Ildefonso), and Marie Chino (Acoma). The collection was acquired by the donors during the early 1970s and has never been publicly shown. The Millicent Rogers Museum has the largest public collection of pottery by Maria Martinez and her family.
“We are extremely excited by this major gift of pottery to the museum as it fills in gaps not only in our Maria holdings but also for a number of other pueblo potters,” Museum Executive Director Peter S. Seibert said.
Also, Mark and Linda Winter of the Toadlena Trading Post in Newcomb. N.M. presented to the museum a collection of 35 examples of Pueblo ceremonial clothing. Included in the gift are sashes, dance kilts, wearing blankets and more that were worn by the Pueblo Indians during the 20th century. “The Millicent Rogers Museum, until now, lacked a significant collection of Pueblo clothing. Mark and Linda have made a commitment to building this collection for us. We are already planning a major exhibition on Native American ceremonial clothing,” Seibert said.
David Stinson of Aiken, S.C.donated a group of five Navajo textiles to the museum including an unusual weaving done to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy. Produced probably around 1964-66, the weaving incorporates an image of President Kennedy along with flags and the Statue of Liberty.
“David’s gift to the museum is very important as we grow our collection of Navajo textiles. The Kennedy weaving, in particular, is historically fascinating and we look forward to researching the piece’s history,” Seibert said.
Also of note, Bob and Cyndy Gallegos of Albuquerque presented a collection of materials relating to the Fred Harvey company. The Millicent Rogers Museum currently is featuring a major exhibition on the history of Fred Harvey, his family, and their company. This collection including rare paper ephemera and three dimensional objects will be cataloged and put into the current exhibition so that visitors can gain a richer understanding of the Harvey legacy.
In addition, the museum also made two significant purchases for its permanent collection. The first is a very rare Retablo (religious painting) of the “Sacred Heart of Jesus” attributed to the Santero (maker of saints) known as the Arroyo Hondo Artist (also appearing in some literature as the “dot and dash artist”). The small painting on wooden panel dates from the early 19th century and was probably carried in the saddlebag of the original owner as an object of religious importance.
The second acquisition by the museum is three small carved wooden Hopi clown puppets made around 1940-50. These rare pieces were made for a very limited time by a small number of carvers working among the Hopi and were used for teaching children.
“We are thrilled with these gifts,” Seibert said. “The donors unanimously speak about their belief that the Millicent Rogers Museum is the perfect home for their treasures. We are excited to have these pieces, which after being cataloged and documented, will be exhibited to the public over the next several years.”