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CURRENT EXHIBIT:

"Textile Art without Machines": Baskets from the May Collection

October 10, 2013 to May 25, 2014

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 
1 p.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment

 

To see information about our current exhibit of baskets, please follow this link:

http://www.sandiego.edu/galleries/galleries/may-gallery/current-exhibitions.php

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT:

Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection

A panorama view of the Old Chocolate and Other Surprises exhibit being held in the David W. May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A, from 11/1/2012 to 5/17/2013.

Photography by Erika Johnson and Rose Tyson.

November 1, 2012 - May 17, 2013

Location

David W. May American Indian Gallery
Serra Hall, Room 214A
Curator: Tim Gross

Gallery Hours:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1 p.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment
Closed for University Holidays

Please note the change in the closing date.

Click on thumbnail for photo details.

<p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Title panel on the back wall of the May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />This Hohokam red-on-buff jar has short diagonal lines on the interior of the rim and on the base. The exterior surface is covered with painted abstract elements that possibly represent plants. The date for Hohokam buffware is  C.E. 550-1450.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />This Snowflake ceramic jar was made ca. C.E. 1200, in the area between present day Interstate 40 and the Mogollon Rim, in Arizona. It has a grayish-white ground with black painted decorations that include parallel zig zag stripes, diagonal stepped elements, and three small pointed protuberances with painted spirals on the upper shoulder.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />This  Hohokam red-on-buff ceramic bowl has four stylized bird figures painted on the interior. It is from the Santa Cruz river area in Arizona, and was made during the Colonial period, C.E. 550-900.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p>
<p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />This Red Mesa ceramic jar was made ca. C. E. 950-1050, in the Four Corners area of the Southwest. It has a grayish-white ground with black painted decorations on the exterior surface that include parallel stripes, dots on four dome-shaped protuberances, and opposing serrated triangles.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Towa artist Damian Toya made this ceramic melon swirled seed jar in 2006.  She is from Jemez Pueblo, NM.  The swirls are precise and uniform, and a micaceous slip was used which gives it a sparkling appearance.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Case 1.  More Than Just  Pretty: Forensic Research in the May Collection.  This exhibit explores the potential for items from the David W. May Collection to yield information through various types of research.  Seen in this case is (1) a small Ganado style Navajo rug, hand woven ca. 1995; (2) a large Jemez sgraffito jar made by Alvina Yepa in 2002.  It was a prize winner at the 2002 American Indian Celebration held at USD; (3) a large Hohokam red-on-buff jar made  ca. C.E. 1275, from the Phoenix and Tucson basins in Arizona; and (4, 5, 6) examples of shell jewelry, a glycynmeris bracelet, and a conus tinkler from the Southwest, and a hand carved shell gorget made by Cree/Cherokee artist Dan Townsend from Florida.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Erika Johnson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Where is this boulder from? This boulder is one of the more enigmatic pieces in the May Collection. It is what archaeologists call a petroglyph, a design pecked into the surface of the rock to reveal the contrasting material beneath. There is no information about where this piece was obtained, or when it was obtained. Research using modern technology might provide a trace element fingerprint for the rock that would allow some notion of place of origin of the piece.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p>
<p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />The opening reception of the exhibit included guests from both the campus and the local community.  The curator is Dr. Tim Gross, of the Department of Anthropology at USD. Julie Gay is the exhibit designer. The event took place at the David W. May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A, on November 1, 2012.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Rose Tyson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Image of ceramics that are on exhibit in Old Chocolate and Other Surprises, which is being held in the David W. May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A, from 11/1/2012 to 5/27/2013.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Erika Johnson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Image of ceramics that are on exhibit in Old Chocolate and Other Surprises, which is being held in the David W. May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A, from 11/1/2012 to 5/27/2013.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Erika Johnson.</em></p> <p>Old Chocolate and Other Surprises: Learning from the May Collection<br />Image of ceramics that are on exhibit in Old Chocolate and Other Surprises, which is being held in the David W. May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A, from 11/1/2012 to 5/27/2013.</p><p style="text-align: right;"><em>Photograph by Erika Johnson.</em></p>

"Textile Art without Machines": Baskets from the May Collection

Textile Art without Machines: Baskets from the May Collection

"Textile Art without Machines": Baskets from the May Collection exhibit being held in the David W. May Gallery, Serra Hall 214A, from September 2013 to May 2014.

September 2013 to May 2014

Location

David W. May American Indian Gallery
Serra Hall, Room 214A
Curator: Ken Hedges

Gallery Hours:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1 p.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment
Closed for University Holidays

*title and dates subject to change*