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Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio Style

Bruce Bernstein
W. Jackson Rushing

This showcase of Native American paintings features works by students of Dorothy Dunn, Kansas-born schoolteacher and curator, who, though an outsider, absorbed Navajo and Pueblo ways and established the country's first Indian art school. Reproduced here are more than ninety paintings by prominent artists such as Pablita Velarde, Joe H. Herrera, Allan Houser, and Pop Chalee.


Bruce Bernstein is the former executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which sponsors Santa Fe Indian Market. He is the former assistant director for research and collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the former director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Museum of New Mexico). He is the author of Santa Fe Indian Market: A History of Native Arts and the Marketplace (Museum of New Mexico Press).

W. Jackson Rushing III is the Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma and a distinguished author.


"By combining the new information on Dunn and her goals with a thorough examination of the paintings, the authors provide an exciting, fresh look at an important period in American art."



Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

10 x 11.5 in. 176 pages 120 color plates