New Mexico Art Tells its History

Double Take

Double Take, 2002
Diego Romero (American, Cochiti Pueblo)
gold gilt, paint, clay, 11 x 5 1/4 in. (27.9 x 13.3 cm)
Museum purchase with funds from the Herzstein Family Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2003

Diego Romero was born in Berkley, CA and lives in Cochiti Pueblo, NM. His father is a Cochiti Pueblo Indian and his mother is Anglo. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and at the University of California where he was making Native pots with Anasazi decoration painted in gold. This innovation was followed by another: he began to paint his pots with images drawn from ancient Greek vessels and other cultures whose heroes and values matched those of the Native American. Romero is one of the “Free Spirit” potters, whose work makes statements about contemporary Indian life, often crossing cultures and integrating classical figure style with that of the Native American.

Reflective Questions and Activities:

 E/S What are the materials used in making this bowl? How are they similar to or different from the materials used by Cochiti potters from an earlier time? What is traditional? What has Romero changed?  
 E/S What other culture is Romero referencing with his design?  
 E/S What is the scene Rivera has painted in the center of his bowl? Where is it located? What statement is he making? How does this relate to his title?  
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