The Field Museum in Chicago has organized a wonderful show, Transforming Tradition: Pottery from Mata Ortíz, featuring both contemporary and centuries-old ceramics. It is now on display at Crystal Bridges’ temporary gallery the Massey in downtown Bentonville, AR located at 125 W. Central Ave.
Sculpted, fired and then hand-painted in a labor-intensive process lovingly referred to as La Lucha, or “the Struggle,” the coiled pots, called ollas, feature a dazzling array of intricate geometric designs, fine decorative painting and incising, and beautifully rendered animal forms such as pigs and ducks. Twenty-seven black and red earthenware ollas, including two examples from the Casas Grandes culture that date to the 14th and 15th centuries, is currently on display at the Massey through August 29.--Ruth Mitchell
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