Press Release from 4/21/81:

Santa Fe NM 4/21 — “Sky City Salute: Pottery of Acoma Pueblo” opens Sunday, May 3, 2 PM, at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Camino Lejo, Santa Fe’s only privately supported museum.

Acoma Pueblo, westernmost village of the Keresan language group, is called “Sky City” because of its dramatic location on a large mesa west of Albuquerque. At the bottom of the mesa is a sign informing visitors that Acoma was “Inhabited — 600 A.D.,” making this pueblo one of the oldest, continuously inhabited villages in North America.

In keeping with tradition, and its commitment to enhance understanding between non-Indian and Indian peoples, the Wheelwright will present both historic and contemporary pottery. New Mexicans and visitors can view the work of Acoma’s Lucy M. Lewis and Marie Z. Chino who continue to pioneer experiments with prehistoric pottery designs.

Anasazi and Mimbres designs serve as inspiration for these two outstanding women in their pottery, but “their work transcends literal translation,” says Susan McGreevy, Director of the Wheelwright. “The versatility and individuality  of their interpretation provide an artform that is as sophisticated as it is timeless.”

Historic pottery includes a rare glazed-painted jar (ca.1680) and a variety of black-on-white and polychrome wares, ca.1800 to 1900.

The exhibit will be supplemented by important historic photographs by Edward S. Curtis, T. Harmon Parkhurst, George Pepper and Ben Whittick, among others.

A reception honoring Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Chino and their families [will be] held from 2 to 5 PM at the Wheelwright on opening day.


Press Release from 5/5/81:

Almost four hundred people came to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, May 3, to pay their respects to the two matriarchs of Acoma Pueblo, Marie Z. Chino and Lucy M. Lewis, and their magnificent pottery.

Among them were Una Hanbury, Internationally famous sculptor, and her daughter, Jillian Poole, Director of Development at the Kennedy Center, who was visiting her mother.

“This is the kind of exhibit which does more to increase understanding between non-Indian and Indian peoples than thousands of words,” commented Howard D. Haynes, President of the Board.