Taos Tuesdays: John Sloan and the Promotion of Native American Art


Diana Pardue, Heard Museum Chief Curator

In the summer of 1918, John Sloan became enchanted with the Southwest while spending several months in Santa Fe. For the next thirty years he depicted the New Mexico landscape and at times Hispanic and American Indian peoples in his paintings. During this time Sloan also became a champion for American Indian watercolors. As early as 1920 Sloan included American Indian watercolors in the annual Society for Independent Artists exhibit held in New York. For more than a decade, Sloan was steadfast in his promotion of American Indian art referring to it as “true American art.”  This culminated in his leadership of the Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts, an exhibit that toured to art museums throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States.

In this program, Diana Pardue, Curator of Collections for the Heard Museum, discusses Taos Associate Member John Sloan, and his advocacy of Native American art.

Included with museum admission; free to museum members.