February 21, 2013 – February 14, 2014
More than 100 rarely exhibited ceramics from the museum's celebrated southwestern collection, with aerial photographs of ancient southwestern ruins providing a visual frame of reference.
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Ancient Southwest Press Section
Curated by Steve Lekson, this exhibition features more than 100 rarely exhibited ceramics from the museum’s celebrated southwestern collection and takes visitors through more than 1000 years (AD 500-1600) of southwestern history. Photographs of ancient southwestern ruins by noted aerial photographer Adriel Heisey provide a visual and dramatic frame of reference for the exhibition.
Download the press release: AncientSWPR.docx.
Ancient Southwest Exhibition Story, page 28 in Boulder Magazine:
Kayenta Black-on-red pitcher from Step House in Mesa Verde, Colorado, acquired by archaeologist J.A. Jeanson and later purchased by Earl Morris from Jeanson's widow. (UCM#9441).
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Ramos Polychrome jar with bird effigy handles from Chihuahua, Mexico. It is from the collection of Earl Morris which was acquired by the museum in 1956. (UCM#9361).
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Tonto Polychrome jar ("olla") from a ruin near Solomonsville, Arizona excavated by a University of Colorado expedition in 1931. (UCM#4640).
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Photo By Adriel Heisey: Aztec Ruins. Steep oblique aerial view of Aztec Ruins National Monument at Aztec, New Mexico. These ruins are large, well-preserved, carefully interpreted, and easily accessible, making them a much-visited Ancestral Puebloan site. This view is from the northwest with evening light, with the unusual tri-walled building in the foreground.
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Gila Polychrome vessel from a ruin near Solomonsville, AZ, excavated by University of Colorado expedition in 1931 (UCM#4707).
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Acient Southwest Reference List