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About this Guide

This guide provides resources to help viewers of the show learn more about the artists and the themes of the show.

Selected Artists-provides resources from and about some of the artists included in the exhibit

Sociality/Sensoriality, Design, and Historical Context- three themes present in the show, these pages provides lenses in which to understand the pottery featured in the exhibit

Curator Recommendations- provides resources recommended by the curator in addition to those already included throughout the guide

Fair Use Guidelines

Materials accessed in this guide are provided for personal and/or scholarly use.  Users are responsible for obtaining any copyright permissions that may be required for their own further uses of that material.  For more information about fair use please refer to the College Art Association Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in the Visual Arts.

About the Show: 

To Know the Fire: Pueblo Women Potters and the Shaping of History is on display at the Krannert Art Museum January 27, 2022 - September 3, 2022. This show "brings together a selection of earthenware vessels from the Pueblo communities of New Mexico and Arizona generously gifted to KAM by the late George Ogura. Taking its title from the words of Laguna Pueblo potter Gladys Paquin, recalling the precarious art of ground-firing pots with kindling and manure, To Know the Fire explores the history, sociality, and poetics of Pueblo vessels and their makers." 

"To Know the Fire: Pueblo Women Potters and the Shaping of History." Krannert Art Museum, 2021.  

About the Curator

Allyson Purpura is the Senior Curator and Curator of Global African Art at Krannert Art Museum. Her research on Islamic expertise in Zanzibar, Tanzania led to her interest in the broader connections between knowledge, power, and constructions of category, particularly as they play out in the representational practices of museums. In addition to her teaching and curatorial work, Purpura has published on a range of topics including Islamic charisma and piety in Zanzibar, script and image in African art, “undisciplined” knowledge, ephemeral art, and the politics of exhibiting African art. 

from profile on College of Fine and Applied Arts website

About KAM and the Collection


Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is a museum of fine arts that houses the University of Illinois art collection. This link will provide you with more information about the museum, the collection, exhibitions, and events at KAM.