Art History: Pacific Western Traders
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Pacific Western Traders: Last of the Great Trading Posts
Explore the legacy of Pacific Western Traders with artists Meyo Marrufo and Sigrid Benson they delve into the rich history of this regional cultural arts hub. Located in Old Town Folsom, PWT was a haven for native artists, activists, culture bearers, collectors and traders from 1971 to 2014. Through an engagement with primary archival source materials, participants will gain an appreciation of the pivotal role of this community space in the development of a California Indian art market, and learn to contextualize the art history of our region from a local native perspective.
About the instructors:
Sigrid Benson is a mixed-media artist and Public Historian, whose curatorial work harnesses the power of cultural arts to open the door to regional Indigenous perspectives. Through place based inquiry, Sigrid facilitates contemporary California Indian, Native American and Indigenous art shows that privilege the vital and multifaceted roles of regional artists in their communities. From 2014 to 2018 she served as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site. Sigrid currently serves the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians as director of Exhibits and Collections.
Meyo Marrufo is Eastern Pomo from the Clear Lake Basin. As a child she remembers the 6 hour trip to Pacific Western Traders for craft supplies with her mom Denise because it was one of the only "Indian stores". When they moved to Sacramento in the 80s, she started going to PWT to look at art. Later, she became one of those artists and began working there. “I feel lucky to have worked at one of the last great trading posts and the only one specializing in California Indian Arts."
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