The establishment of the first of the famous Harvey Houses along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad in 1876 opened the American Southwest to a level of tourism the region had not seen before. The blossoming tourism industry also created a demand for Native American pottery. This exhibition provides a unique look at the transition of Pueblo pottery from utilitarian pieces to pottery that was created for strictly artistic ends. This exhibition opens to the public on November 4 and runs through February 24, 2018.
This exhibit is brought to you from the collection of Albert Alvidrez, the former governor of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and an avid collector of Railroad Era Isleta Pottery. A skilled potter himself, Mr. Alvidrez has been building his collection over the last 25 years.