O’odham Himdag: Weaving a Way of Life
This exhibit features forty baskets from the University Museum collection representing works created by historic and contemporary Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Tohono O’odham (Papago) weavers of central and southern Arizona and northern Mexico. The O’odham Himdag, or desert people’s way of life, encompasses cultural knowledge, values, and beliefs, all which are woven into each basket. This exhibit showcases the materials, techniques, designs, functions and several identified individual artists behind this innovative and rich ongoing tradition.
O’odham Himdag: Weaving a Way of Life is funded by a grant from the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute of NMSU.
Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony “O’Brien
This exhibition was organized by the New Mexico History Museum, Department of Cultural Affairs, State of New Mexico, Santa Fe, and features 20 selenium-toned silver gelatin prints of photographs that will be displayed at the University Museum through January 31, 2015.
After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment for Life magazine in 1989, photojournalist Tony O’Brien sought solace and perspective at Christ in the Desert Monastery.
In 1995, O’Brien began a year of living and photographing this small contemplative community situated in the Rio Chama valley about seventy-five miles north of Santa Fe. During his stay, O’Brien was given free access to photograph the rituals and daily activities, both contemplative and secular, at the monastery. The resulting images not only portray a continuing relationship between the photographer and the community of monks at Christ in the Desert but constitute an important body of creative work.
The accompanying book Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony O’Brien with an essay by Christopher Merrill was published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.
Permanent Exhibit: “Pottery from the Americas”
The NMSU Museum is home to a unique and comprehensive collection of both prehistoric and historical pottery. This collection includes almost 600 pottery vessels that reflect the vibrant artistry and beauty of Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics. There is also an extensive type collection of sherds from New Mexico and Chihuahua to be explored, as well as other educational materials.