Treasured Textiles from the American Southwest: The Durango Collection®
September 13, 2015–January 10, 2016
This exhibition features southwestern textiles created during the nineteenth century – a time of tremendous change as American occupation and the eventual coming of the railroad and trading posts influenced commerce and the exchange of ideas among various residents of territorial New Mexico and Arizona. During this period, three great weaving traditions flourished in the distinctive landscapes of the American Southwest – Pueblo, Diné (Navajo), and Hispanic. Weavers from all three groups produced exceptional works of art, influencing one another while developing their own characteristic styles.
The exhibition presents extraordinary textiles from the Durango Collection®, highly regarded for the quality of its works from the Southwest. Notable Diné (Navajo) works on display include magnificent early examples of the famous First and Second Phase “chief’s blankets.” The oldest textile in the exhibition, dating to 1800, is a Hispanic serape showing the full-blown eye-dazzler patterning that later served as a source of inspiration for Diné (Navajo) weavers.