Between two wood panel covers that were hand-painted by Pop Chalee (1906-1993) lies the artist’s life story, told through newspaper and magazine clippings, family snapshots, exhibit announcements, and other  printed memorabilia. Chalee’s personal scrapbook, donated by her grandson Jack Cruz Hopkins to the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2017, is part of a gift of the artist’s archives that IAIA archivist Ryan Flahive has spent the last year preserving. The following pages offer a glimpse into the world of Blue Flower (Chalee) as others saw her and as she saw herself.

Pages from Pop Chalee’s scrapbook, Merina Lujan Hopkins (Pop Chalee) Collection, Institute of American Indian Arts Archives, courtesy IAIA.

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