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Contemporary Ceramics: Mata Ortiz

Manuel “Manolo” Rodriguez, untitled, 1994. Clay, 8 x 8 x 8 in. El Paso Museum of Art, Gift of Barry and Maria King, 2021.3.96.

Contemporary Ceramics: Mata Ortiz
February 17, 2022 - June 5, 2022

Dede Rogers Gallery

Spearheaded by Juan Quezada, the revival of traditional Casas Grandes and Paquimé pottery has now become the unique Mata Ortiz style. Characterized by intricate and elegant abstract and zoomorphic designs, the artisanship of Mata Ortiz designs is a testimony of the perseverance of an entire town.

Contemporary Ceramics: Mata Ortiz invites audiences to experience the development of this distinctive style which combines tradition with modern innovation. With over 40 potters represented, the exhibition highlights the gracious donation of Barry and Maria King to the museum of early examples of Mata Ortiz ceramics and recent works on loan courtesy of Flor de Barro Gallery.

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