Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Announcing an exciting new acquisition: "The Golden Mountain, Arriving San Francisco, 1865"

    by James H. Nottage, vice president and chief curatorial officer and Gund curator of Western art, history and culture | Jun 20, 2018

    The Golden Mountain Arriving in San Francisco 1865
    The Golden Mountain, Arriving San Francisco, 1865, by Mian Situ, oil on canvas, 2003
    Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Eiteljorg Museum’s Western Art Society

    Covered wagons pulled by oxen and moving the essential belongings of hopeful travelers headed toward the setting sun is the common narrative of the 19th century westward movement. This storyline excludes the immigrant experience of many others who traveled eastward by ship to become undeniable contributors to the building of rail lines, gold mines and elements of commerce from San Francisco to the Black Hills.

    Artist Mian Situ (born in Canton, China, 1953) gained his formal art training in China and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Since then, he has become a highly regarded artist, devoting his work to portrayals of his rural native land and to expressing much of the Chinese experience in the American West. The Eiteljorg Museum is proud to announce it has acquired one of Situ’s best-known works and will feature it in the newly redesigned Western galleries that will reopen in November 2018. The Golden Mountain, Arriving San Francisco, 1865, is six feet high and 60 inches wide. In this 2003 painting, Situ has created a composition embracing a family in the center sunlight, the deck of the ship crowded with tired but hopeful individuals seeking opportunities in a land new to them.

    Artist Mian Situ working at his easel
    Artist Mian Situ, working at his easel

    When first exhibited at the Autry Museum at its annual Masters of the American West show in 2003, the painting received the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for best painting and both the Artists’ Choice and Patrons’ Choice awards recognizing its qualities as a significant accomplishment in the field. Now the eastward-moving work will find its permanent home in Indianapolis. The painting significantly adds to our growing holdings that help visitors understand the diverse nature of the art, history and cultures of the West.

    This article previously appeared in the June 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine. 

  • Native American Art magazine publishes story about Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival

    by | | Jun 19, 2018
    We were very pleased to see that Native American Art magazine published a preview article about the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival in its June/July 2018 issue. Read the story at this link: 
    Native American Art magazine story

  • Soundz of Santana will electrify the Summer Under The Sails stage on June 27

    by Haley Stevenson – Marketing and Communications Intern | Jun 16, 2018

    Soundz of Santana at Summer Under the Sails 2017

    The piercing, ethereal electric guitar of Carlos Santana over an irresistible Latin conga beat has made the group Santana a hit-making classic-rock favorite, with fans spanning the decades from the late ‘60s up through today.

    Fans who want to hear Santana’s music performed live in a relaxed setting are in for a real treat: Soundz of Santana, a tribute band that plays the songs of the original, will perform June 27 outside the Eiteljorg Museum. Best of all, the concert at 6 p.m. is free, part of the museum’s Summer Under The Sails concert series. (In the case of inclement weather, the show will take place inside.)

    With members originally from East Chicago, Ind., Soundz of Santana has its own devoted listeners who enjoy hearing the striking recreations of Carlos Santana’s unforgettable tunes. Soundz of Santana has performed each year at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Summer Under the Sails since the first season, 2015.

    Band members include Xavier Villarreal on congas, Joe “Baby” Valdez on bass guitar, Joe Bienevedez on keyboard, Dave Sanchez on lead guitar and Jose Juan Manchaca on drums.  Villareal took time to chat with the Eiteljorg Blog and share his thoughts about his band, the music of Carlos Santana that inspires him and his bandmates and what brings them back to the Eiteljorg.

    Your band has been playing at The Sails every summer since it began—what makes you so loyal, and keeps you coming back?

    “It’s the people. They make us feel so welcome… If we see one person smile, it’s all worthwhile. The passion and music make it all feel worthwhile. I think we pleased everybody.”

    What was it like to play for such a big crowd last year?

    “What a great crowd it was, even though it was raining! It was awesome. The crowd was so accepting, and they really, really enjoyed the music. Some were dancing — they had a blast. They fuel a fire in us.”

    Carlos Santana as a guitarist is known for blending Afro-Cuban rhythms with melodies and guitar influenced Latin jazz.  What aspects of Carlos Santana’s music do the musicians of Soundz of Santana work hard to replicate? 

    “Growing up in a predominantly Latin community, it seems fitting to play that out. With Santana, every song is gold. For example, a salsa player in Puerto Rican music does pretty much the same thing in every song, but in Santana’s music, all the guys love playing that uniqueness, and that’s what makes it exciting… Do you ever feel so passionate about something, you can’t get enough of it? That’s what this music is to us.

    Not too many people could walk in our shoes. I don’t care how many times I hear “Black Magic Woman,” I hear it differently every time. I never get bored of it.”

    The Eiteljorg is a museum of Native Americans and the West, with a strong emphasis on the Southwestern U.S.  From the musicians’ perspective, what is it like to play Carlos Santana’s music at this venue with the Eiteljorg building in the background?

    “As far as I could tell from reading his autobiography, . . . .  (Carlos Santana) believes that we are all one, and we all believe that too. I think we have the same values, the same wants. The band wants to make music and . . . spread Santana’s message. If we are a tribute band, we tribute his music and his message. He brought everybody together. Internationally, nationally. . . . . If anybody tells you you’ve got to be Latin to play Latin music, that’s a lie. What it boils down to, is that music is universal.”

    Is there anything you want people to know about the band?

    “We don’t do this for notoriety, to tell you the truth. We don’t do this for money. We just do it for the love of the music. We’ve accepted who we are, we’re all in this together. I recently found out that I’m 49 percent Native American, I took a DNA test. There’s a new meaning for me here now. We keep it true, real — not just the Santana way, but our way.”