Echoes of Influence: Datus Myers and the Pueblo Painters

The Gerald Peters Gallery

In the 1930s, Myers was appointed Field Coordinator of the Indian Division of the New Deal’s Public Works of Art Program. His primary responsibility was focused on visiting the local Pueblos in order to recruit Native artists to the program. Many of the Native artists Myers worked with influenced his own style and subject matter.  The exhibition presents Myers’s work alongside works by Pueblo Painters: Velino Shije Herrera, Tonita Vigil Peña and Julián Martinez. It is likely Myers encountered and was aware of all three artists and their works during his years with the PWAP.

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