"Corn: Sacred Giver of Life" and "Feast Days, A Cycle of Faith"
Millicent Rogers Museum (Taos, New Mexico)
Monday, January 1, 2018

Corn: Sacred Giver of Life

The exhibition centers on the theme of corn and its importance to the variety of Native American cultures and communities in the Southwest.  Pueblo and Hispanic communities along the Rio Grande continue to cultivate corn as a staple food and for ceremonial Feast Day celebrations.  Images of corn can be found in textiles, pottery, and paintings depicting corn dancers and examples of each are exhibited in the show.  Hopi and Navajo jewery from the renowned collection of Millicent Rogers is also included to demonstrate the variety of ways in which corn is used as ornamentation.  The majority of the works included in the exhibit are from the museum’s permanent collection, and demonstrate the long history of artistic representations of corn that continues today.  This exhibition additionally reveals how cultures throughout the Southwest share common bonds through corn by noting the use of corn imagery in some Hispanic religious art objects. Read more about the exhibit here.

Feast Days, A Cycle of Faith

In correlation with Corn: Sacred Giver of Life, this exhibit focuses on the importance of Feast Days in the Southwest.  Featured works include religious images from the colonial period to today.  

How do these works end up in museum collections? See our recent blog post for more information. 

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