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Amerindian Southwestern Pueblo art, craft, society, history, mythology-ritual, & current challenges.

Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm


Coming soon to Arts on the Lake

7 Week Virtual Zoom Lecture Series Continues

Videos of Past Sessions available for viewing

Session 4 will be on Dec 7 at 7 PM at 7 PM (EST). Once you register, you will be sent the link for the past sessions and on the day of the lecture the link to the zoom event.


Drawing on his extensive first hand knowledge, his unique perspective and keen insight, Alex Shundi explores  Amerindian Southwestern pueblo art, craft, society, history, mythology-ritual, and current challenges.


This on-line Zoom virtual seven session series of 1 hour lectures begins Nov 16th at 7 PM.  Once you register you will receive the links for each session.  We may schedule some double sessions to last 2 hours because of the holiday season.


Shundi's description of the course:


"In the magnificent landscape of the American South West there is a vibrant and ancient culture that is a continuum of millenniums of social-religious-agrarian development, still creating art and craft, perhaps at least numerically more than ever, and where its population is negotiating modernity by growing in numbers and education, while judiciously maintaining ancient traditions in attitude, language, and ritual. They live in villages nestled in the heart of ancestral lands, still paying homage to their architecture, mythology, foods and language.


Having successfully maintained the core of their identity in the midst of a tragic history of conquest and deprivations, they have survived and prospered. Their aesthetic has served as inspiration to many art movements modern design, some of their agronomic practices adopted internationally, and the heraldic religious strength of their mythological rituals have caused much appreciation and studied by philosophers, historians, architects, anthropologists, and an increasing general public. We will study all of the above, and visit the 13 Hopi Arizona villages, the 18 New Mexican Pueblos, their archeological past, and go in depth of their art and craft, in the context of their beliefs and homage to life." - A.Shundi



About the Event

Alexander Shundi's works are in many public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He has been the subject of many articles in news papers and magazines including: Art News, Art in America, Arte Moderna, Hartford Magazine, Duchess County Magazine, The New York Times, Il Redentore, The Boston Globe, The Bridgeport Post, Apotheosis, The New Haven Register, South West Magazine, Ridgefield Times, Pasatiempo, Westport Bulletin, The Lakeville Journal, Harlem Valley Times, Waterbury Republican, Miami Herald, Litchfield County Times, Nimrod International Journal, The Country and Abroad Magazine, Millerton News, and La Gazzetta di Parma. Alex spent seven summers racing "off the road" vehicles in international rallies throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has traveled for twenty years exploring the American Southwest, with particular focus on both ancient and current Pueblo culture, art, and mythology.

BACKGROUND Born in Correggio (Reggio Emilia), Italy on May 19, 1944.

Lived in Parma, Italy until 1957, when his family moved to the United States.

Alex lives and works in a converted 1850's church with his wife Elizabeth Hill, also a painter, and has two children, Aramis, and Siena.

EDUCATION 1967- 69 Yale University (New Haven, CT.) BFA, MFA, Graduate School of Painting, Full Scholarship and Fellowship.

1966- 67 Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milano, Italy.)

Certificate of Honor - Painting with Pompeo Borra, and Sculpture with Marino Marini.

1967 Ecole des Beaux Arts (Paris, France.)

1963- 66 Silvermine College of Art (New Canaan, CT.)

Full Scholarship, and Assistantship in Sculpture and Ceramics.