After several summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts, John Sloan decided to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the summer of 1919. His friend Robert Henri had visited there in previous years and recommended the Southwest as a destination. Sloan returned every summer for the next twenty-nine years. In addition to painting landscapes such as Coyote Mesa in the hills around Santa Fe, he became greatly interested in local Native American art and culture. In the 1930s he served as the president of the Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts. He also lobbied the New York-based Society of Independent Artists to include Native artists in their exhibitions. In 1948 Sloan’s friend the artist Chuzo Tamotzu moved to Santa Fe and settled in Sloan’s former studio on Garcia Road. Tamotzu is the subject of a special exhibition currently in the Museum’s Becker Gallery.
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