Coffee and Culture: July 19, 2017

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The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is the country’s leading museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists for local, national and international audiences. Please join MoCNA Staff and special guest artist for a conversation which will highlight current summer exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. MoCNA’s Chief Curator, Manuela Well-Off-Man has more than 15 years of curatorial experience in museums and galleries curating contemporary Native American art exhibitions. MoCNA’s Program and Membership Manager, Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) has over 28 years of professional experience working in the museum field primarily focusing on contemporary American Indian art. Her career is dedicated to the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine art field. Guest artist David Gaussoin is featured in current MoCNA exhibition, Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art. Gaussoin was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of Picuris Pueblo, Navajo, and French descent, comes from a long line of artists on his mother's side, including various silversmiths, painters, rug weavers, sculptors, and wood workers. He expanded his knowledge of techniques at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and under various mentorships. He received his BBA in Business Marketing from the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe from the Scandinavian countries down to Italy, as well as Japan, Mexico, Israel, Mozambique, and South Africa. Gaussoin actively participates in juried art shows and his work is in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Museum of Art and Design, New York City, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. He has taught at various places, such as IAIA, Santa Fe Community College, and Idyllwild School of Arts. Gaussoin pushes his work towards the perfection of craftsmanship, and his designs focus on new unexplored realms.

Currently on view at MoCNA:

North Gallery
New Acquisitions: 2011-2017
May 5, 2017-Jan. 21, 2018
Reception: Thursday, August 17 | 5:00-7:00pm

New Acquisitions: 2011-2017 highlights newly acquired work over the past six years from MoCNA's permanent collection and demonstrates the museum's commitment to collect works that are visionary and a testament to IAIA's innovative spirit. The selected artworks complement each other through aesthetic, color, and form, but also share an expansive vision collectively. The selections include various types of media such as collage, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The exhibition features works by Brandee Caoba (Ohkay Owingeh descent), Jim Denomie (Ojibway), John Hagen (Unungan (Aleut)/Inupiaq), Merritt Johnson (Mowhawk and Blackfoot descent), Tom Jones (Hochunk), Tony Lee (Navajo), Monty Little (Diné), Alex Peña (Comanche/Non-Native), and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith (French-Cree/Shoshone/Salish).

South Gallery
Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance
May 19-Jan. 28, 2018
Reception: Thursday, August 17 | 5:00-7:00pm 

Desert ArtLAB is an interdisciplinary art collaborative, established by museum curator/educator April Bojorquez (Chicana/Rarámuri) and artist/educator Matthew Garcia (Chicano). The collaborative reconceptualizes desert/dryland ecologies not as post-apocalyptic growth of wasteland, but as an ecological opportunity. The exhibition Ecologies of Resistance illustrates the artistic process of the collaborative's site-specific ecological installation in the high desert of Southern CO, through the use of artifacts, archival materials, and botanical samples. The collaborative is transforming a plot of blighted land into a thriving dryland ecosystem that also serves as an edible indigenous landscape. Informed by social sculpture, the collaborative believes artists have the ability to altruistically transform and shape their environments and society. Regrowing indigenous ecologies in community space allows for the revitalization of ecological practice and a reimagining of an indigenous dryland cosmology and aesthetic.

April Bojorquez has worked in the museum field nationally/internationally as an educator, curator, and researcher. Bojorquez is currently faculty of American Ethnic Studies and assistant curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum at Kansas State University. She is a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Museum Studies Program and a former curator of art at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Bojorquez works within the intersection of art and anthropology. Influenced by participatory practices and social sculpture, Bojorquez employs diverse strategies to produce immersive and interactive environments exploring place, identity and museum practices.

Matt Garcia's artistic practice investigates ecology, its relationship to knowledge systems and how media can connect communities to a reclaiming or re-imagining of lost epistemology. Garcia is currently an assistant professor of Digital/Experimental Media in the Department of Art at Kansas State University. Garcia's work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France), The International Symposium on Electronic Art (2012, 2015), Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia) and HASTAC (Lima, Peru).

Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery, Fritz Scholder Gallery
Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art
July 7, 2017-Jan.21, 2018
Reception: Thursday, August 17 | 5:00-7:00pm

This exhibition features contemporary Native American artists who integrate various forms of fiber art media and methods to achieve their visions and to make their statements. They share an interest in the materiality and technique of fiber art. Their works are created using natural or synthetic fibers or techniques, and have different themes or concepts at their core. Contemporary artists who work in fiber art are very much aware of the rich traditions and history of this art form and medium. Consequently, one of the most common conceptual tools in fiber art involve the revival, innovation, or distortion of those traditions. Fiber as a medium appeals to many of these artists since the material's tactility and versatility enables them to experiment and to produce unique, powerful artworks. Fiber also engages because of its attachment to gender stereotypes and cultural heritage, as well as the material's associations with domesticity and homeliness. Placed out of context or integrated in artists' own creations the medium invites social-critical and political statements.

Among the participating artists are Natalie Ball (Modoc/Klamath Tribes), Ashley Browning (Pojoaque/Santa Clara Pueblos), Kelly Church (Anishinabe/Ottawa/Chippewa/Potawatomi), Melissa Cody (Navajo), Velma Kee Craig (Navajo), Wally Dion (Salteaux), Anita Fields (Osage), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax), David Gaussoin (Picuris/Navajo/French), David Hannan (Métis), Merritt Johnson (Mowhawk/Blackfoot descent), Brian Jungen (Dunne-za/Swiss Canadian), Marlowe Katoney (Navajo), Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabascan), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/Lakota/Austrian/Norwegian), Amy Malbeuf (Métis), Melissa Melero (Northern Paiute), Meghann O'Brien (Haida/Kwakwaka'wakw), Mark Preston (Tlingit), Charlene Vickers (Anishinabe), Marie Watt (Seneca), and Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation).

Honor and Hall Galleries

Daniel McCoy: The Ceaseless Quest for Utopia
Through January 1, 2018

Daniel McCoy’s (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) mural art is inspired by an end times tale legend told to him by his mother and other family members while growing up in Oklahoma. This prediction states that Mother Earth will break apart from its polluted and corrupted areas in an attempt to heal itself. This division will lead to a preserved environment for animals and people of ancient lineage to exist.

American Traditional War Songs: The Ethnopoetic Videos of Sky Hopinka
Helen Hardin Media Gallery
July 3-October 27, 2017 | Daily Screenings
68 minutes
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is pleased to present the digital works of filmmaker Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians). Hopinka's work is both multifaceted conceptually and formally, with involved tiers of images and narratives. Beautiful and mysterious, thick with color and gesture, his films are filled with notions and confluences around tribal identity, language and land. Most recently Hopinka's work could be seen in the Whitney Museum of Art's 2017 Biennial.
Upcoming at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Kieve Family Gallery
Action Abstraction Redefined
July 28, 2017-July 28, 2019
Reception: Thursday, August 17 | 5:00-7:00pm 

Action Abstraction Redefined features artworks from MoCNA's permanent collection created in the 1960s and 70s. These early works are a visual testimony to the Institute's revolutionary approach to art education that sparked a cultural change within Native Art by defying the standards imposed upon by the dominant society since the 18th century.

IAIA students during the 60s and 70s were exposed to modern art movements such as Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and Colorfield, and were encouraged to study and experiment with cultural designs, colors, and techniques from their own heritage. The result of this artistic approach was an outpouring of creative expression that received regional and national attention. Among the artists included in this exhibition are George Morrison (Ojibwe), Earl Biss (Crow), T.C. Cannon (Caddo/Kiowa), Fritz Scholder (Mission/Luiseño), Earl Eder (Yanktonai Sioux), Neil Parsons (Blackfeet), Kevin Red Star (Crow), Connie Red Star (Crow), George Burdeau (Blackfeet), Ralph Aragon (San Felipe/Acoma Pueblos), Henry Hank Gobin (Tulalip/Snohomish), Alice Loiselle (Chippewa), and Carl Tubby (Choctaw). This exhibition will explore how these works fit within the idea of art movements that occurred in Santa Fe as well as art styles that were part of the mainstream art world. Some of these artists approached their chosen medium in a direct, intuitive and spontaneous way, and as a result their paintings and drawings are very intense and expressive. Several of their works seem to express the artist's inner feelings and emotions. Drips, splatters, and accidental gestures are part of their compositions. Others were interested in experimenting with biomorphic shapes reminding of forms inspired by nature. Some of their drawings are characterized by fields of pure flat colors, and reflect their interest in the effect of color on human perception.

Photo credits:

Merritt Johnson (Mohawk/Blackfoot descent)

Bent Sky, 2011-2012, Oil on canvas, 48x72  

MoCNA Permanent collection MH-29

Brian Jungen

27th Street, 2016

Nike Air Jordan insoles, laces, 153.5 x 136 x 7"

Photo: Jean Vong Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance, Installation Image

Mixed Media, 2017  

Hank Gobin (Tulalip/Snohomish),

Northwest Design, 1966,
Casein on paper,
MoCNA Collection: SNH-6

Daniel McCoy,
Daniel McCoy:The Ceaseless Quest for Utopia,
Mural Detail, 2017

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