The Heard Museum Shop is proud to announce that the fashion forward Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti) will be among the shop's special guests, for this year's Indian Fair and Market!
About the artist:
Virgil Ortiz was born and raised on Cochiti Pueblo in Northern New Mexico. He is a member of the Oak Clan and has been actively making pottery since 1975. He started his career young, making his first storyteller at age 6 and has evolved his craft to encompass works inspired by traditional pueblo culture. Ortiz honors his ancestral cultural traditions, which incorporate the “voluminous contours and sinuous motifs of Pueblo pottery showcasing the richness of indigenous high fashion and compelling storytelling of Pueblo culture and history,” as he writes in his website.
Ortiz has expanded his artistic empire; in fact, he refers to his Pueblo-based lines of home décor, high Indigenous fashion, pottery and visual imagery as “V’s World.” He has worked with Donna Karan as well as developed his own line of apparel and accessories. Some of his work will be featured this summer, in the Heard’s new exhibit Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!, where pieces from his imaginative and striking clay and video series “Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180” will be on display.
Ortiz’s exquisite clay works have been exhibited worldwide from the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, Hergotenbosh Museum in the Netherlands to the Foundation Cartier’s in Paris, France.