The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art welcomes Daniel Vick, Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Red River to speak about "The Potters of Mata Ortiz" on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 7pm.  A reception hosted by the MGMoA Volunteers follows the lecture.  The lecture compliments the current exhibition, Passed to the Present:  Prehistoric Casas Grandes and Contemporary Mata Ortiz Pottery Traditions from the Museum of the Red River which runs until April 3, 2011.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

For the past twenty-five years an extraordinary art movement has been underway in the remote countryside of northern Mexico in the tiny village of Mata Ortiz. As unlikely as it may seem, this phenomenon was sparked by the genius of a village woodcutter of rare artistic talent and equally rare determination, Juan Quezada.
Over the years, by trial and error, Juan Quezada gradually recreated the technology of the ancient pre-Columbian masterpieces of nearby Casa Grande Pueblo, until modern masterpieces emerged from his own hands. Now this reawakening of the ancient art is taking many forms in the hands of some three hundred villagers.  Passed to the Present explores the contemporary masterpieces of Mata Ortiz and compares them with the ancient pottery of Casas Grandes from which they emerged.
"This exhibition showcases the ancient Casas Grandes pottery side by side with the modern interpretations that have become so well known," said Dane Pollei, Director of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
There will be a free Storytime in the Gallery with Daniel J. Lay on Thursday, March 17 at 10:30am also coinciding with this exhibition.
The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory's University, 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee.  The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 65 or older, $3 for students and children ages 6 to 17, and free for children age 5 and younger.
This exhibition is funded in part by the Inasmuch Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Allied Arts. 

For accommodations on the basis of disability or more information on this exhibit, call the museum at (405) 878-5300.