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From Fire and Earth Exhibition

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 - Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
510 N. Santa Fe St.
El Paso, Texas 79901

From Fire and Earth Invitation

The El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Museum of Archaeology are proud to present this exhibition of Casas Grandes ceramics that flourished during their Medio Period (AD 1200 – 1450) in the northwest corner of modern-day Chihuahua, Mexico. Pottery, as perhaps no other medium, reflects the culture of its maker. This exhibition shows the art expressions of the Casas Grandes people who would become prolific potters producing some of the finest pottery of the Pre-Columbian world. The Mata Ortiz pottery that we know today is one of the richest and most diverse pottery producing regions in the world.

This ceramic revival has spurred national and international interest in the Casas Grandes region over the past few decades, as well as rekindled in the local population an appreciation for tradition and their cultural heritage. Mata Ortiz pottery is recognized as some of the finest hand crafted ceramics produced in the world today.

In the mid 1970’s, Juan Quezada and others from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico launched a new era in Casas Grandes pottery. Inspired by the sherds and other artifacts that they found in this region, they began making pottery using only natural elements.

The El Paso Museum of History invites you to view this exhibition that features many examples of Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz ceramics from the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the El Paso Museum of Art. These art pieces show not only the ancient art of pottery, but also an appreciation of Mesoamerican cultures.

The exhibition will remain from February 22, 2019 to September 22. Come visit and enjoy this exhibition at El Paso Museum of History.

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