Courtyard Frescoes at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Courtyard Frescoes at New Mexico Museum of Art, Copyright Permission Blair Clark
Courtyard Frescoes at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Copyright Permission Blair Clark
The frescoes on the north side of the courtyard at the New Mexico Museum of Art were painted in 1934 by Will Shuster (1893 to 1969).  The eight images represented views of Native American life and spirituality.  They were painted as part of the Public Works of Art Program, the first federally funded art project during the Great Depression.  Flanking the north door, the image on the right depicts a Pueblo woman making pottery from hand dug clay while the fresco on the left shows a Pueblo woman winnowing wheat with a hand woven basket.  The museum building dates from 1917 and is based on the mission church at Acoma Pueblo, 45 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Courtyard at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Copyright Permission Blair Clark
Courtyard at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Copyright Permission Blair Clark
Courtyard of New Mexico Art Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Copyright Permision Blair Clark
Courtyard of New Mexico Art Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Copyright Permision Blair Clark

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