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Ira Moskowitz, Chorus of the Santo Domingo Corn Dance


Led by a drummer and banner carriers on the left, a group of Santa Domingo Indians process towards the front of the print. The faces are expertly rendered expressions on the faces of the images in the foreground of the print are visible. A Koshari or sacred clown is on the right of the print. The image if graphic in its depiction of this entry procession annual event at the Santo Domingo Pueblo in Northern New Mexico. It is the corn dance for the patron saints day.
- Judith Kendall, I.S.A., AM


Ira Moskowitz
The art of Ira Moskowitz is an individual and personal achievement outside the scope of Modern Schools and oriented towards the pure essence of drawing and the dramatic expression, both physical and metal, of life itself. Raymond Charmet, Art Critic of the Arts, Paris. Ira Moskowitz wa born in Poland, descendant of a long rabbinical line. He moved with his familiy to Prague, Czechoslovkia, in 1914. the family remained there until 1927.

Soon after the family moved to New York City, where Ira received a full time scholarship to study at the Art Students League under Harry Wickey. Between 1935 and 1938 Moskowitz traveled to Israel and Europe o study the work of the old Masters.

In 1939 he made his first trip to Mexico, and stayed for 6 months. In 1943 he received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowhship on he merit of his drawings in Mexico 1941. He moved t New Mexico where he remained for seven years. It was here that he became an active member of the Taos-Santa Fe Artitsts. His book the "Patterns and Ceremonials of the Indians of the Southwest", appeared in 1949.

Since 1962 he divided his time between Paris and New York. He is a superb draughtsman in the old tradtion, drawing with a quick, nervous but incisive line that is extremely lively and full of movement. In his work he had captured the religious view of God and of the World.

John Sloan, Dean of American Art said, 'Ira Moskowitz may be called a representational of realistic draughtsman. On his visit to Jerusalem he was carried away by the barrage of visual stimulation, there was so much to see and feel he became immersed in the atmosphere.'

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Chorus of the Santo Domingo Corn Dance, 1946
Lithograph on creme laid paper
sheet: 19 1/4 × 13 7/8 in. (48.9 × 35.2 cm) image: 12 × 18 3/4 in. (30.5 × 47.6 cm)
Gift of David and Carol Farmer
2012.0038.0000

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