MoCNA Announces 2013 Spring Exhibitions

Editor | - April 12, 2013

'The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts celebrates its Spring 2013 opening with film screenings and more...'

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) celebrates the opening of its Spring 2013 Exhibitions with an extraordinary group exhibition, "Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists," two solo exhibitions by multi-disciplinary artist Kade L. Twist and photographer Rosalie Favell and daily screenings of the experimental documentary "Apache Chronicle."  

The exhibitions and documentary film open to the public on Saturday, May 25, 2013 and continue through July 31, 2013. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 24, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (108 Cathedral Pl.). The event is free and open to the public.
Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists

Artists: Gina Adams, Natalie Ball, Lindsay Delaronde, Merritt Johnson, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Melanie Yazzie

Curator: Ryan Rice

"Stands With A Fist" is a multi-disciplinary art exhibition that is a unique platform for cultivating, celebrating and declaring a continual presence of visual expression created by contemporary Native women artists. The exhibition demonstrates the ways that women boldly fit into, redefine or turn upside down the usual categories of art and art-making, while re-interpreting and drawing from their rich cultural heritage. Collectively, their work expresses a unique Indigenous relationship to the land, contemporary worldview, and sense of obligation to their culture.

In bringing these artists together, "Stands With A Fist" bears witness to the strength of diverse cultural influences, individual experiences and the intellectual and creative activism expressed by Native women artists working today. 

In conjunction with "Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists," MoCNA has commissioned artist Nanibah 'Nani' Chacon to create a new mural in the Allan Houser Art Park.  

About the artists

Melanie Yazzie is a printmaker, painter and sculptor whose work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum "walk in beauty" literally, creating beauty and harmony. She has exhibited widely in more than 150 exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and in October 2012, she was the artist in residence at Crow's Shadow Institute in Pendleton, Oregon. Yazzie is an associate professor and head of printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. Her work can be found at the Glenn Green Gallery in Santa Fe.

Merritt Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist; working in painting, sculpture and performance. Her work grapples with marginalization from the perspective of an Indigenous woman; currently manifesting as an exploration of monsters, decoration and disguise.  Additionally her practice considers material limitation, mediation of experience, clumsiness of being and the meanness of survival. She exhibits, speaks, and performs in traditional and non-traditional venues across Turtle Island. Her work is included in private collections as well as the permanent collect of the Birmingham Museum of Art, and has been published in Antennae The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, and "Salish Seas" (Talon Books). Based in East Harlem New York and of mixed Mohawk, Blackfoot and non-Indigenous descent, Johnson was born and raised in the Northeastern U.S.. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art.

Gina Adams work focuses primarily on her mixed heritage of Ojibwe and Lakota, Native American, Lithuanian and Irish bloodlines. She is currently completing an MFA at the University of Kansas. Her work involves much research and travel, where she places herself in landscapes that are both ancient and modern. Sites among many include Chaco, New Mexico and Mesa Verde, Colorado. Important to her growth as an artist has been language immersion at Turtle Mountain Reservation, and working with Maori of New Zealand and the Aborigines of Australia. She has exhibited across the country, and is represented by Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Three Graces Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the Flat Iron Gallery in Portland, Maine. 

Tanya Lukin Linklater originates from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in the Kodiak archipelago of southwestern Alaska. Based in northern Ontario, her practice spans experimental choreography, performance, installation, text and video. Her work often engages with notions of revitalization through deconstructive and reconstructive performative practices. She also investigates processes of locating/excavating memory within the body, grappling with specific histories and images of the Eskimo, and mapping non-Alutiiq locations with markers of Alutiiq-ness. Her works have been performed/exhibited at VI Mostra Internacional de Videodanca Sao Carlos (Brasil), Latitude 53's Visualeyez (Edmonton), grunt gallery (Vancouver), Culver Center of the Arts (California), Expanse Movement Arts Festival (Edmonton), Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery (Anchorage), and elsewhere. She studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed. 2003) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours 1998).

Lindsay Delaronde, a Mohawk artist born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist who works in various media with an emphasis on printmaking. She constructs Indigenous perspectives within Western society to bring forth truth and reconciliation through the act of creation and visual understanding. She was commissioned to design a mural at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Delaronde obtained a B.F.A from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, followed by a M.F.A from the University of Victoria.

Natalie Ball is an emerging, Portland based artist (Modoc/Klamath). Ball is the great great granddaughter of Kintpuash (Captain Jack). Her own genealogy informs her attempts to unsettle old foundations by loosening ideological attachments belonging to race and experience by moving history outside of hegemonic discourses. Her work invites participation in a new auto-ethnographic narrative, a new history and a new manifestation for a critical way to understand America. Ball holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Maori and Indigenous Visual Arts from Massey University, New Zealand. She has exhibited in the U.S., New Zealand, and Europe. 

Nanibah "Nani" Chacon is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist. She currently works out of her studio in downtown Albuquerque and also resides in Albuquerque. Chacon is most noted for her female figurative works, which utilize bold colors and an illustrative format to create commentary Native, Chicana and American culture. She uses an archetype of female characters to explore ideas of feminism, sexuality, form, shape, design, color, subtlety, softness and power, culture, traditionalism and modernism, encompassed in what could only be the attributes of a woman.

Rosalie Favell's Facing the Camera: The Santa Fe Suite

Métis artist Rosalie Favell's series "Facing the Camera" (2008 - present) is a growing suite of photographic portraiture that documents individuals from a growing Indigenous arts community. Favell began the series after she realized that a document had not been made of individuals who make up the Native arts community.

Through these images, Favell sees the photograph as a performance space, where identity is constantly worked and reworked, represented, and perhaps hidden. Favell states, "I use the portrait convention to acknowledge the agency of the individual in bringing together in a conscious and unconscious way, the numerous cultural and personal factors through which the sense of self is expressed."

"Facing The Camera: The Santa Fe Suite" was realized through her residency with the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in August 2012. At this time, she photographed artists and the arts community at the SFAI residency and at MoCNA's artist studio during the annual Indian Market.

About the artist: Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba whose significant work has received international recognition for her mapping of self and community within a global society. She holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level including the Institute of American Indian Arts. She currently lives and works in Ottawa, Canada. 

From a Museum of Contemporary Native Arts press release...