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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe NM 87501



Institute of American Indian Arts
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
December 2016 Exhibitions + Public Programs
Ongoing Exhibitions  
at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)

Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery, Fritz Scholder Gallery
Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain, a Retrospective Exhibition
August 19-December 31, 2016
Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain represents 40 years of work by the Native American artist. More than 66 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be on view in this major retrospective exhibition curated by Jill Hartz, JSMA Executive Director, and Danielle Knapp, JSMA McCosh Associate Curator.  Drawn from public and private collections as well as the artist's studio, the exhibition and accompanying catalog explore themes central to the artist's work and life: Gesture, Self, Dialogue, Tradition, and Transformation, as well as New Work. The last group represents examples of Bartow's production since his stroke in August 2013 that evidence a new freedom of scale and expression.
"Rick Bartow's work was all about relationships, how the worlds of nature, humans, and spirit connect, influence, and balance one another," says Hartz. "This nearly forty-year retrospective aims to reveal the layers of Bartow's worldview and his astonishing command of materials. It has something to say to everyone."  "Bartow was truly a master at his craft. He expertly transitions between media and techniques, and had a tremendous command of color," says Knapp. "His knowledge of artistic, literary, and musical traditions from all over the world was balanced with the autobiographical elements he incorporated into his artwork." Bartow, one of the nation's most prominent contemporary Native American artists, was born in Newport, Oregon, in 1946. He was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with the Siletz community.
Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Hartz and Knapp, as well as Lawrence Fong, former JSMA Curator of American and Regional Art. The catalog is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation, Arlene Schnitzer, and Philip and Sandra Piele. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Ford Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, the Coeta and Donald Barker Changing Exhibitions Endowment, a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and JSMA members. The exhibition is traveling to other venues in addition to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; including the Heard Museum, Phoenix; Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman; and The Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; Boise Art Museum; and CN Gorman Museum at UC Davis.
North Gallery  
Lloyd Kiva New: Art 
August 19-December 31, 2016.

Lloyd Kiva New: Art celebrates the work of Cherokee artist and educator Lloyd Henri "Kiva" New (1916 - 2002). This exhibition observes New's 100th birthday and draws thematically from his legacy, and is tied to his innovative concepts in Native art and culturally-based education. Lloyd Kiva New: Art includes paintings by New from his personal collection, completed between 1938-1995, many never before shown in a museum or gallery. Art illuminates Lloyd Kiva New's artistic abilities, his successful fashion career, and profound impact on contemporary Native art.

South Gallery 
Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait 
Pitseolak Ashoona | Napachie Pootoogook | Annie Pootoogook 
August 19-December 31, 2016
Loosely translated, the Inuktitut word Akunnittinni means "between us." This exhibition chronicles a visual dialogue between an Inuk grandmother, mother, and daughter - Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983), Napachie Pootoogook (1938-2002), and Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016). Their artworks provide a personal and cultural history of three generations of Inuit women whose art practices included autobiographic narratives and chronicled intimate and sometimes harsh memories and historically resonant moments. The prints and drawings on view also include sardonic references to pop culture that now infuses everyday life in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), as well as nuanced depictions of family and village life. Kinngait is a remote Arctic community located on Dorset Island near Foxe Peninsula at the southern tip of Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The region is known internationally for their artwork, produced in places like the now famous Kinngait Studios (West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative) since the 1940s. Pitseolak Ashoona, Napachie Pootoogook, and Annie Pootoogook are among the most well regarded artists from this region.

Hall + Honor Galleries 
Forward: Eliza Naranjo Morse 
August 19-December 31, 2016 
Eliza Naranjo Morse's (Santa Clara Pueblo) exhibition Forward, uses drawing, clay, organic, and recycled materials as well as caricatures to create a connection between her Pueblo roots and her contemporary art practice. Highlighted is her mural, And We Will Live Off the Fat of the Land, a 38-foot-long procession of various beetles adorned in beautifully detailed Native attire, and include a beetle pushing a shopping cart full of various items. Naranjo Morse's style and sense of line is both bold and fluid -- and conveys both a sense of gracefulness and modern energy. Her imagination is spontaneous and spot on. Says Naranjo Morse, "perhaps we yearn to make our lives good and find balance, because even when we feel completely challenged there is the unrelenting proof in each of us that we are survivors, that we are the result of our ancestors' histories and that eventually we will become ancestors."                   

Kieve Family Gallery, 2nd Floor, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' new permanent collections wing
Visions and Visionaries
August 21, 2015-July 31, 2017
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' new permanent collection gallery highlights the exhibition Visions and Visionaries. Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, the works enable us to see the world through different eyes and highlight the role of the visionaries in IAIA's history who forged new paths that IAIA continues to follow to this day.
For more information on any of these exhibitions please visit: www.iaia.edu/museum/exhibitions.  

Upcoming Exhibitions  
at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery, Fritz Scholder Gallery
New Impressions - Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking
January 20-June 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 5:00-7:00 pm

Organized by the International Print Center New York, New Impressions - Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking showcases over forty prints by twelve contemporary Native American printmakers. These artists utilize history as a visual language. Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences of the colonial era, artists layer old and new, and past and present, to explore how the attitudes which shaped 19th-century policies and practices continue to resonate in popular culture today. Among the artists are Lynne Allen (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe), Rick Bartow (Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians), Joe Feddersen (Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation ), John Hitchcock(Comanche/Kiowa), Brad Kahlhamer, Jason Lujan (Chiricahua Apache/Indigenous Mexican), Alan Michelson (Mohawk), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (French-Cree/ Shoshone/Salish), Jewel Shaw (Cree/Métis), Marie Watt (Seneca), Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo), and Melanie Yazzie(Navajo).

South Gallery
Athena LaTocha - Inside the Forces of Nature
Jan. 20-March 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 5:00-7:00 pm

This solo exhibition showcases recent drawings and paintings by Hunkpapa Lakota and Ojibwe artistAthena LaTocha based on her recent experiences in Santa Fe. Her contemporary landscape paintings focus on the dynamic gesture and atmosphere that recall the powerful forces of nature. LaTocha's unorthodox approach to the subject 'landscape' involves personal memories and the use of unusual tools and materials, such as concrete bricks, car tires, and shellac, resulting in intense, haunting images of nature scenes. Her working method is based on indigenous perceptions of land, and the belief that "humans are part of the landscape, not separate from it." Consequently, the artist is more interested in being "inside the image rather than the outside as an easel painter." Intuition and chance operations play a major role in LaTocha's creative process. Her recent drawings and paintings portray vast magnitudes of raw nature and the impact of industrial development upon nature.

North Gallery
Now is the Time: Investigating Native Histories and Visions of the Future 
Jan. 27-April 16, 2017 
Recent works by IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists explore current themes and trends in contemporary Native American art, including Indigenous science fiction and visionary Native histories. Several of the works are inspired by Native abstract symbolism of the past and their futuristic aesthetics, while others respond to popular culture and investigate the role of Star Wars in American Indian art and culture. Performance art installations question the "art for art's sake" concept of many past Western art movements, and instead promote the social and practical potentials of art. Participating artists include Natalie Ball (Modoc and Klamath Tribes), Joe Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes), Gerald Clarke Jr. (Cahuilla Band of Indians), Jonathan Loretto (Walatowa (Jemez)/Cochiti), Drew Michael (Yup'ik and Inupiaq), Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe), and Rory Wakemup (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe). 
Hall Gallery
Mural Art by Daniel McCoy
January 26, 2017 - January, 2018
Daniel McCoy's art addresses contemporary Native American issues, past triumphs, current disasters, and is inspired by underground comics, album covers, as well as Oklahoma flat style painting. His new mural project for MoCNA further develops themes and characters of his previous works which are based in Native culture and Americana. The Mural will also have an underlying message on environmental issues. 
Daniel McCoy (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his formal art training at the Institute of American Indian Arts, graduating in 2003 with a degree in two dimensional arts. McCoy, worked under the direction of commercial artist Chuck Osborne for eight years in Tulsa Oklahoma. Painting everything from television backdrops to hand designed billboards, giving him strength to work on large scale projects. In 2010, McCoy returned to the Southwest to pursue his career as a professional artist. His focus in the upcoming years will be to produce monumental life works. McCoy currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his family.
Ongoing Public Programming 
at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Film: SWAIA's Moving Image Class X Winners 2016
56 minutes
October 24-February 14, 2017
Helen Hardin Media Gallery  

This film program features SWAIA's Indian Market Moving Image Classification X Winners 2016. Awards for Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, Experimental Short, Music Video, and Youth Winners, recognize dedication and skill in working with new media and innovative art forms while retaining a commitment to traditional creation and technique. Award winning films will be shown in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery.

Class X Winners 2016

Animated Short: Walk in Dreams, Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe) 6:42 min.
Documentary Short: Dig It If You Can, Kyle Bell (Thlopthlocco Tribal Town) 22:58 min.
Experimental Short: Jáaji Approx, Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) 8:00 min.
Music Video: We Are Halluci-Nation, A Tribe Called Red (First Nations) 2:43 min.
Narrative Short: I Am Thy Weapon, Razelle Benally (Dine'/Oglala) 11:37 min.
Youth Winners:
First Place Ages 10-13: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Kateri Daffron (Wichita/Kiowa) 4:00 min.
First Place Ages 14-17: Imprint, Zonnie Tsosie (Picuris Pueblo/Navajo) 1:01 min.

Ongoing Public Programming 
at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Indigenous Comic Con Master Workshops at MoCNA
Thursday, November 17 | 9:00 am-4:30 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The Indigenous Comic Con is the first ever pop culture convention dedicated to exploring and showcasing Indigenous peoples in the worlds of mass media and popular culture. As part of the Indigenous Comic Con, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will host a day of Master Class workshops for students and emerging professionals on Thursday, November 17 in Santa Fe. An amazing opportunity for students and emerging professionals in the field of comic books and game design to work with industry professionals. The workshops will cover areas of writing, illustration, ink and coloring, as well as tips and tricks for crowdfunding, self-publishing,and copyright issues. Everything the developing professional can use to jumpstart a career in the industry!

Tim Truman, Illustrator on Jonah Hex and Conan and the Creator of Scout!
Arigon Starr (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma), Creator of Super Indian and award winning playwright!
Mark Truman, CEO of Magpie Games and successful Kickstarter entrepreneur!
Rebecca Naragon (Poarch Band of Creek Indians), Program Specialist, U.S. Department Interior, Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development

Space is limited, so get your ticket today! Students free. All other tickets are $100 for the day.

Coffee + Cup Making + Chief Curator
Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 10:00am-12noon
MoCNA 2nd Floor Conference Room

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts for a conversation, coffee, and the creation of a clay coffee cup. Meet new MoCNA Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man and MoCNA staff and ceramist Sallie Wesaw Sloan in an informal setting as we hand build coffee cups which will be fired and picked up at a later date. This event is limited to 20 (twenty) participants with a fee of $10 for materials and firing. RSVP to Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo Nation) at ahanley@iaia.edu or 505.428.5907.

Programs are subject to change, please visit our website for the most up to date programming calendar at: iaia.edu/iaia-museum-of-contemporary-native-arts/museum-happenings.

At the Museum Store:

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Holiday Sale
Nov. 25-27, 2016
Friday and Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm
Holiday shopping MoCNA-style, all weekend long at the museum store.  Don't miss the MoCNA store holiday sale offering discounts on the finest American Indian artwork. Museum members receive 20% off store purchases. Non-members receive 10% off store purchases. MoCNA family and friends are sure to have a wonderful time at this special event (consignment and sale items not applicable for discount). 
Complimentary gift-wrapping, refreshments, and more!

For more information contact IAIA Museum store at 505.428.5912

Through December, the Museum Store will feature Telling a Story: Inuit Works on Paper. This exhibition was developed in partnership with Dorset Fine Arts, the marketing division of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, located in heart of the Canadian Arctic.  Telling a Story: Inuit Works on Paper, features works for sale by artists Saimaiyu Akesuk, Pitseolak Ashoona, Shuvinai Ashoona, Kingmeata Etidlooie, Tim Pitsiulak, Cee Pootoogook, Kananginak Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, Pudlo Pudlat, Kakulu Saggiaktok, Pitaloosie Saila, Jamasie Teevee and Ningeokuluk Teevee. Also featured, a Pop Up Store with the Trickster Company, with items ranging from jewelry, fashion and customized skateboards.


About IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts:  

The mission of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is to advance contemporary Native art through exhibitions, collections, public programs, and scholarship. MoCNA's outreach through local and national collaborations allows us to continue to present the most progressive Native arts and public programming. MoCNA's exhibitions and programs continue the narrative of contemporary Native arts and cultures.
The museum is located at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday & Wednesday-Saturday / 12:00 noon-5:00 pm Sunday / Closed Tuesdays / $10 for adults; half-price for seniors (62+), students w/ valid ID, and NM residents; and free for members, Native people, veterans and their families, youth (16 & under), and NM residents visiting on Sunday. Events are free with admission. 

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit iaia.edu/iaia-museum-of-contemporary-native-arts.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts marketing is partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers' Tax.

About IAIA: 

For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through the IAIA Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at www.iaia.edu.   

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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501