Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo

  • William Penhallow Henderson, Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo, ca. 1921, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin in memory of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor, 1982.3

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William Penhallow “Whippy” Henderson created a rhythmic procession of shapes leading upward and outward from the crowd of villagers at the lower left to the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The villagers, their houses, the trees and the hills are all part of a unified world summoned by the feast day drummer, whose music seems to radiate through the landscape. Henderson documented an important religious procession in the southwestern pueblo of San Juan, about twenty-five miles north of his home in Santa Fe.

Title
Feast Day: San Juan Pueblo
Artists
Date
ca. 1921
On View
Dimensions
22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Alice H. Rossin in memory of Dr. Joshua C. Taylor

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – tent
  • Architecture Exterior – religious – church
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – pueblo
  • Ceremony – religion – feast day
  • Ethnic – Indian – Pueblo
  • Landscape – New Mexico – San Juan
  • Figure group
Object Number
1982.3
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