Current Location:
Zumberge Administration (JHZ) -> 4th Floor (JHZ)
Location Notes:
JHZ; 4th Floor; hallway to suite 4090

Shared Passion: A Gift of the Stuart and Barbara Padnos Foundation Collection ➔ Chiricahua Love Song

Artworks - Height: 35.5 in Width: 10.25 in Depth: 9.5 in
Historical Context:
The work of sculptor and painter Allan Houser was chosen for the inaugural exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Born in Oklahoma, the artist’s family hailed from the group of Apache formerly aligned with Geronimo. During the 1930s, Houser studied art at the Santa Fe Indian School where he quickly garnered accolades. Soon after the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe) was established in 1961, Houser joined the faculty as head of the sculpture department. There his work influenced generations of painters and sculptors. Houser sculpted Chiricahua Love Song after he had retired from teaching, during a productive period of a prolific life. The title, reinforced by the wide-open shape of the subject’s mouth, may refer to Apache songs sung at specific times of the day.

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