Coffee and Culture: May 17, 2017

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Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer, Curator of Collections for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA) spoke with Eric Davis, IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications about the history and development of one of Santa Fe’s treasures, the MoCNA Collection.  This unique collection of contemporary Native Art is made up of nearly 8,000 works documenting the contributions of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and other important artists to the contemporary Native art movement in the United States, Canada and other countries, ca. 1930 to the present. Listeners will also have the opportunity to hear about some exciting new acquisitions that have recently come into the collection, how visitors can access the collection and learn about recent activities, and new developments that are occurring within the department.

Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Hopi/Choctaw) is the Curator of Collections at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Tatiana has been responsible for the care, maintenance and management of the Museum’s permanent collection for the past 21 years. She oversaw the collections storage design on the campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts that allows fro greater access, research and growth of the collection. Some of the exhibitions that Ms. Lomahaftewa-Singer has curated or co-curated for MoCNA include: Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design and Influence, 50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, Drawing from the Collection, Voices from the Mound: Contemporary Choctaw, and Lifting the Veil: New Mexico Women and the Tricultural Myth. Tatiana earned her BFA in Fine Arts Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She currently sits on the New Mexico Capital Arts Foundation Board and has juried numerous art programs including the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Fellowships and the Santa Fe Art Institute Visual Arts Review Committee. 

To Learn More About the Collection: http://www.iaia.edu/museum/collection/research/.