New Mexico Art Tells its History

Jesus Rug, Navajo Nation (from the series Navajo Matriarchs)

Jesus Rug, Navajo Nation (from the series Navajo Matriarchs), 1976 (printed 1976)
Abigail Adler (American, born 1949)
gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of Abigail Adler, 2009

Abigail Adler was always fascinated by comparative culture and earned a degree in Anthropology from Barnard College in New York City. She first came to the Southwest during college to conduct research on the Hopi reservation, and later lived on the Navajo Reservation for five years working for The Navajo Times as a reporter and photographer. Funded by the Navajo Tribe and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Adler developed a project called "Navajo Matriarchs" illustrating the complex, modern lives of Navajo Women of all ages and traditions. After living and working on the Navajo Nation, she continued her career as a journalist working in New Mexico as a television and radio newscaster, and as a print journalist. 

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