ALBUQUERQUE — Following months of renovation, the dust will soon settle in the South Gallery of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). On Saturday, April 15, the Center will unveil two new temporary exhibits that explore contemporary Pueblo life. “Long Ago…” will present the rich tradition of storytelling by leading visitors through a series of Pueblo tales that convey timeless elements of the culture, while “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will highlight their relationship to the land and natural resources. Both exhibits will be open to the public daily starting April 15 at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque.
These temporary exhibits will supplement the museum’s permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,” which opened almost exactly a year ago in April 2016 as part of the IPCC’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. Its opening marked the first complete renovation of the museum since its founding in 1976 and has helped usher in a new season of growth for the IPCC.
“It’s so important to me that the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center show the world what a vibrant living culture we have as Pueblo people,” says Museum Director Monique Fragua (Jemez). “Our permanent exhibit will always offer visitors the chance to learn our history as told by Pueblo people in our own voices. Now the South Gallery will serve as a space for us to engage with guests by presenting different topics for a deeper, richer understanding.”
To design “Long Ago…” IPCC Project Specialist Leo Vicenti (Jicarilla Apache) collected stories from each Pueblo across the region in an effort to reflect the people’s diversity and demonstrate their wisdom. Vicenti then translated these stories into colorful larger-than-life illustrations across curved walls, passages of text for visitors to read aloud to their children, and multimedia narratives that encompass viewers in a small theater.
“Long Ago…” leads visitors into the second exhibit, “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment,” which explores the people’s direct relationship with Mother Earth through agriculture. The exhibit looks through a child’s lens at everything from greeting the sun at dawn to respecting the resources of the Earth. The exhibit’s completion was overseen in part by the IPCC’s new Curator or Exhibitions, Rachel Moore (Hopi), who joined the IPCC in early March 2017.
“Visitors will learn about Puebloan agricultural practices as well as the values and beliefs that continue to shape who we are in the modern era,” explains Moore. “This perspective has been passed down generation by generation, and it’s important that we continue sharing it into the future.”
Both new temporary exhibits will open to the public on Saturday, April 15. IPCC Members will also enjoy an exclusive sneak preview event on Friday, April 14. “Long Ago…” will be open through July 2018, while “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will only run through September 2017, after which it will come down to make room for future temporary exhibits. Visitors can experience the new exhibits seven days a week from 9am to 5pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque.