Evolving Traditions: Southwest Native Pottery and Silver

California Academy of Sciences

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This exhibit, located on the Upper Gallery on Level 3, features pieces that range from the dramatic black-on-black pottery of Maria and Julian Martinez to the wrought silver bracelets of Kenneth Begay and others. Many of the objects are part of the Elkus Collection, a gift from the family of San Franciscans Charles and Ruth Elkus, who collected extensively from the 1920’s to the early 1960’s. Later works received from other donors are also included. Together, the older and contemporary examples document that certain designs and patterns persist and are carried on by successive generations and also are simultaneously modified as the tradition evolves. A series of video images shows potters and jewelers at work.

  • Event Category Science and Nature Museums
  • Event Cost More than $20
    Adult $29.95, Senior age 65 & up $24.95, Student $24.95, Youth age 12 to 17 $24.95, Child age 4 to 11 $19.95
  • Event Ages 6-9, 9-12, 12+

Event Location

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 379-8000


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