IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts‘ mission is to advance contemporary Native art through exhibitions, collections, public programs, and scholarship.
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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection and acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. MoCNA is recognized as the preeminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America. Did you know that MoCNA Provides Tours? MoCNA offers group tours for educational, travel, and corporate groups. Group tours must be arranged at least two weeks prior to arrival. Please email [email protected] or call (505) 428-5904 for more information. Walk – In Tours with our Docents: The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts provides current exhibition highlight tours every week on Mondays and Saturdays at 10:30 am led by our Docents. With cost of admission, these walk-in tours are free to our guests and offer insight into contemporary Native American art and experience.

This Friday we will host Free First Fridays! The Museum is free for guests from 5-7 pm.  ⁠⠀⁠⠀It will also be opening nig...
12/03/2019

This Friday we will host Free First Fridays! The Museum is free for guests from 5-7 pm. ⁠⠀
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It will also be opening night for "Yiiyah Man: Taken Beyond Culture", Duhon Lee James (Diné), in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery Space in the Museum Store. ⁠⠀
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Music will be provided by DJ Garronteed. And Duhon will be available to discuss his work.⁠⠀
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Shown: "A Signal of Becoming a Life Cycle" (2019) by Duhon Lee James. Available for sale.

“The inspiration for my work comes from a desire to connect my tribe, my family—our past—to the future. I often paint us...
12/01/2019

“The inspiration for my work comes from a desire to connect my tribe, my family—our past—to the future. I often paint using bold colors and various striping techniques. My work is constantly evolving through experimentation with new techniques and mediums, and portraits “woven” into abstract, timeless backgrounds. ⠀

“Traditional imagery and cultural symbols bring Chickasaw culture to the forefront in my artwork, reminiscent of both the rich history of my people and the story of what it means to be Chickasaw today. Through my work, I hope to encourage interest in the Chickasaw people and a foothold in the global art community. I am inspired by everyday life and the nostalgia it brings, yet the subject of a painting is irrelevant; it is the emotional response to the subject that truly matters.” Billy Hensley (Chickasaw)⠀

Billy is part of Visual Voices; Contemporary Chickasaw Art. Shown is “Young Chickasaw Man,” acrylic on canvas, 5’ x 4’.

Black Friday Sale in our Museum Store ALL weekend!! ⁠⠀⁠⠀If you're in Santa Fe, you can find a wide variety of Contempora...
11/28/2019

Black Friday Sale in our Museum Store ALL weekend!! ⁠⠀
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If you're in Santa Fe, you can find a wide variety of Contemporary Native-made jewelry, pottery, ornaments, prints and paintings, books, cards, and more!⁠⠀
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If you're not in Santa Fe, but if you see something you like in our feed or stories, we DO take phone orders! 📞 Call us at (505) 983-1666 to place an order, or to ask questions!⁠⠀
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Shown: Mothers' Daughter, by Don Edd (Diné.) Large sculpture made of Limestone in 2019. Available.

This Parade Magazine Article features 25 Indigenous American Activists to follow on Instagram.Even if you're not on Inst...
11/27/2019
25 Inspiring Indigenous American Activist Accounts to Follow to Learn About Indigenous People, Issues and Life

This Parade Magazine Article features 25 Indigenous American Activists to follow on Instagram.

Even if you're not on Instagram, take a minute to read the article to learn more, and to see the work being done by these activists for their communities.

While Instagram can often show the glossy side of life—the beautiful vacations, the impeccable farm homes, and private jet life—it also offers the opportunity to gain knowledge about un-glossy, but important issues.As a Mohawk woman, I greatly respect the Indigenous women and men who put their d...

Mother Nature is bringing her winds and potentially large amounts of precipitation this week.  If you are traveling, ple...
11/26/2019

Mother Nature is bringing her winds and potentially large amounts of precipitation this week. If you are traveling, please stay safe. ⁠⠀
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We are closed on Thursday, but open up for usual hours of 10:00 - 5:00 on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Join us for a Black Friday sale all weekend in our Museum Store -- 10% off everything!

The work of renowned artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) is now featured in our Helen Hardin Gallery.  ⠀⠀The ex...
11/24/2019

The work of renowned artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) is now featured in our Helen Hardin Gallery. ⠀

The exhibition of colored pencil drawings and 3-D works complement his 17 minute film Iroquois Creation Story, inspired by John Mohawk's (Seneca) 2005 publication Iroquois Creation Story and Chief John Arthur Gibson's (Seneca) more detailed 1898 version of the creation story, published in 1928.⠀

Shown: The Celestial Tree, Colored pencil on paper, approx. 17.5 x 13.5, 2014.

11/22/2019
G. Peter Jemison Artist Talk

G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) presents on his recent exhibition, "Iroquois Creation Story," which features colored pencil drawings and 3-D works created in preparation for his film "Iroquois Creation Story", currently on view in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery.

The film and artworks are inspired by John Mohawk’s (Seneca) 2005 publication Iroquois Creation Story and Chief John Arthur Gibson’s (Seneca) more detailed 1898 version of the creation story, published in 1928. Jemison collaborated with Friends of Ganondagan, Garth Fagan Dance and graduate students from the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Film and Animation on the film, which includes 2-D and 3-D animated and live action scenes. The dances were performed by traditional Iroquois dancers and dancers from Garth Fagan Dance. Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Munsee) composed the film music. The 17 minute film tells the story of Sky Woman and her grandsons Flint and Sky Holder. The story’s message is about balance between forces on the earth and gratitude towards the unique position of Turtle Island in the universe.

Behind the scenes, we're getting ready for our next exhibitions!⁠⠀⁠⠀Photographer Addison Doty is working with our Prepar...
11/22/2019

Behind the scenes, we're getting ready for our next exhibitions!⁠⠀
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Photographer Addison Doty is working with our Preparator August Walker to take pictures of exhibition artworks for our "Live Long and Prosper: Indigenous Futurisms in Contemporary Native Arts" catalog, to be published in Spring 2020. This spectacular sci-fi exhibit will open in February.⁠⠀
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Shown: Space Ketoh by Ehren Kee Natay (Navajo.) Made from Leather, Mediterranean coral, turquoise, and sterling silver.

11/21/2019
The Chickasaw Nation

Thank you to The Chickasaw Nation for support of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art, showing at MoCNA until January 19.

Check out their video of the exhibition and please come visit to see it in person!

As our celebration of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth continues, enjoy this virtual tour of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art! Want to see more? Visit the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts through Jan. 19 to view the exhibition in person.

For museum information, hours and directions, visit iaia.edu/mocna. To learn about the acclaimed Chickasaw artists featured in the traveling exhibition, visit ChickasawArtists.com.

"My work as an artist rests in this simple assertion: We are collectors of stories and the stories we collect shape the ...
11/20/2019

"My work as an artist rests in this simple assertion: We are collectors of stories and the stories we collect shape the people we are. In narrative style, I create paintings engaged in story: both its function and its telling. I see my role in this process as mediator and disrupter: standing between two opposing things, separating them, placing boundaries in new and unusual places and joining them once again. I work in this manner that I might see things in a new way. ⁠⠀
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As I collect and work with stories, I am reminded time and time again that stories are fluid. They must bend and move in order to continue to serve us. I sometimes see myself going into ancient times, gathering up stories and bringing them into my current context. Our ancient stories are vital, but it is not enough to merely re-tell these stories. We must actively participate with our stories and allow them to evolve, even as we do. This element of my work is vital as I investigate and explore what it means to be Chickasaw today and what it will mean for generations to come." -- Erin Shaw (Chickasaw/Choctaw)⁠⠀
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Shown: Dinosaur, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas

“I believe that jewelry is a sacred narrative. Jewelry captures a moment of significance for the wearer; it marks import...
11/18/2019

“I believe that jewelry is a sacred narrative. Jewelry captures a moment of significance for the wearer; it marks important transitions in a life. It symbolizes relationships with one another, with one’s community, with one’s cultural identity and with one’s spirituality. ⠀

I strive to create timeless jewelry which is rooted within tradition while maintaining a contemporary edge and elegance. I firmly believe that culture is never lost, but rather forgotten, and creating art is a way to remember. Working with these materials and imagery connects me to my ancestors.” — Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw)⠀

Kristen is part of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art. Shown: Panther Woman Hair Comb made from Fine Silver, 14kt Gold, Diamonds, Labradorite.

“As a member of the Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Choctaw tribes, I have a different point of view in fashion. I find ...
11/16/2019

“As a member of the Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Choctaw tribes, I have a different point of view in fashion. I find inspiration in the history of the Southeastern tribes and draw on the artistic nature of my American Indian heritage. ⠀

Always striving to improve awareness of the beauty of my culture, I have introduced Native American patchwork to a new generation in the form of brilliantly detailed wall hangings and handbags. I incorporate Native American designs with a contemporary twist, becoming part of a movement of artists who are creating modern decorative objects in an ancient manner. ⠀

As a designer, I value quality over quantity and style over trend. I have created a design that expresses Native American roots with contemporary, sustainable style that will live on after end use.” - Maya Stewart⠀

Maya is part of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art. Shown: “Fire” 2017⠀
Silk and Cotton, 34.75 in. x 20 in.

Join us at MoCNA tonight from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm for a free Talk with Acclaimed Artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Cl...
11/14/2019

Join us at MoCNA tonight from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm for a free Talk with Acclaimed Artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan.) He will discuss his new exhibition and film in our Helen Hardin Gallery. ⠀

Shown: Iroquois Creation Story, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and surrounded with the arts from an early age, Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band P...
11/13/2019

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and surrounded with the arts from an early age, Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) was welcomed into a household of Artisans, Farmers, Music, and Subculture.⠀

McCoy began entering Native Art Competitions at age fifteen under the direction of Cherokee Artist, Mary Adair while attending boarding school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.⠀

He received his formal Art Training at IAIA. His Award-Winning Art has been featured in numerous exhibitions at our Museum. ⠀

He and his 13 year old son Noel worked together on many pieces of art like the one above to accompany Experimental ExPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA 1963-1982. ⠀

Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) enlisted in the Navy in 1941, where he served on the USS Sanborn on the Pacific Front. ⁠⠀⁠⠀His...
11/11/2019

Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) enlisted in the Navy in 1941, where he served on the USS Sanborn on the Pacific Front. ⁠⠀
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His paintings and sketchbooks from his time served in the U.S. Navy during World War II are part of the permanent collection at IAIA. New sketched and painted what he witnessed, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. His watercolors are the only known color documentation of that decisive moment in our nation’s history. ⁠⠀
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Native Americans serve in the United States military in greater numbers per capita than any other group. On this Veterans Day, we thank you for your service.⁠⠀
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This work and others were donated to IAIA by Aysen New. This is titled "Battle of Iwo Jima", watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11, 1945.

Our exhibition “Reconciliation” responds to the transformation of community and last year's ending of “La Entrada” as pa...
11/09/2019

Our exhibition “Reconciliation” responds to the transformation of community and last year's ending of “La Entrada” as part of the Santa Fe Fiestas. ⁠⠀
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Reconciliation allows our Museum visitors to be part of the exhibition. We have corn husks and markers available for guests to make their own art that we then add to the exhibit. Recognizing the power of art to open dialogue toward reconciliation, the exhibition will serve as an expression of “post-entrada” creativity in Santa Fe and surrounding communities.

Reconciliation is on display until January 19, 2020.⁠⠀During this time our Hispanic guests receive free Museum admission. Native guests receive free admission every day.

Who else loves Bison Star Naturals??  They are a Native owned and family operated body care company from Taos, New Mexic...
11/05/2019

Who else loves Bison Star Naturals?? They are a Native owned and family operated body care company from Taos, New Mexico. Their products are made with organically, naturally and locally sourced ingredients and never contain animal products, dyes or perfumes. ⠀


Husband and wife team Angelo (Taos Pueblo) and Jacquelene McHorse met in 2007 in Durango, CO during dorm move-in day as freshman at Fort Lewis College. After graduation they settled in Angelo’s hometown of Taos. They started Bison Star in January of 2018 after starting their family, when they realized that they desired natural products that they hadn’t yet found on the market. ⠀

You’ll find a wide variety of Bison Star products in our Museum Store!

Though my day-to-day work is in language revitalization, I make pictures in various media that derive from our ancestral...
11/03/2019

Though my day-to-day work is in language revitalization, I make pictures in various media that derive from our ancestral oral traditions, and that are heavily informed by our Chickasaw language. My process is pretty simple. I think about old stories that I've heard and collected from native speakers and I try to put those images and words onto paper or canvas. I really care about these old stories, our speakers and our language. I take great joy in representing these things for other folks to enjoy.⠀

In Chickasaw, I would say: ⠀

“Chokma. Saholhchifoat Lokosh. Chikashsha saya. Kowishto' Iksa', Imatapo' inchokka-chaffa' ishtaaonchololili. Chikashshiyaakni' intoksalilikat Chikashshanompolilikat naaholba' ikbili.”⠀

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“Hello. My name is Gourd. I'm a Chickasaw. I am a descendent of the Panther Clan and Their-Tent-People house group. I work for the Chickasaw Nation, I speak Chickasaw and I make pictures.” - Lokosh (Joshua D. Hinson, Chickasaw.)⠀

Shown: Wildcat Man Meets Bigfoot, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017. Part of Visual Voices, Contemporary Chickasaw Art.

November is Native American Heritage Month.  First approved by a joint resolution of Congress in 1990, similar proclamat...
11/01/2019

November is Native American Heritage Month. First approved by a joint resolution of Congress in 1990, similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.⁠⠀
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Reminder that we're open and free tonight for First Fridays, from 5-7 pm.⁠⠀
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Shown: "Puye" by Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), 1968, watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Aysen New. Part of our permanent collection.

We have a SPOOKtacular Security Team here at MoCNA! Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
10/31/2019

We have a SPOOKtacular Security Team here at MoCNA!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Great article from the Voice of America on our founding institution, IAIA."It's the only college in the U.S. like it, wh...
10/31/2019
One-of-a-Kind School in US Immerses Students in Native Arts

Great article from the Voice of America on our founding institution, IAIA.

"It's the only college in the U.S. like it, which could explain why it attracts both native and non-native people from across the country — and overseas — who wish to explore their artistic abilities while learning more about the diverse range of native cultures in America...."

The sprawling buildings of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico stand out against the stunning desert landscape of the American Southwest. The Institute of American Indian Arts, one of three congressionally chartered colleges in the U.S., has been immersing students i...

Hey Santa Fe!  Need Friday Night Plans?  We’re participating in First Fridays this month!  Visit us from 5-7 pm this Fri...
10/30/2019

Hey Santa Fe! Need Friday Night Plans? We’re participating in First Fridays this month! Visit us from 5-7 pm this Friday, November 1, and receive free admission!

"I find discarded materials to fashion my pieces. Gathering the materials needed to make each piece is an integral part ...
10/28/2019

"I find discarded materials to fashion my pieces. Gathering the materials needed to make each piece is an integral part of the process. I find 100-year-old discarded steel to hand forge each of my knives. I describe my work as functional art. While my finished work is not traditional to the eye, the process of a blade being forged remains the same. I believe tradition is being made in the present. What I do today in art could very well be considered traditional 50 years from now." -- Dan Worcester (Chickasaw)⁠⠀
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Dan Worcester's knives are part of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.⁠⠀
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Shown: "Bluebird" made of forged steel, Bakelite, and sterling silver. 7 in. x 6.5 in. x 1.5. in.⁠⠀

This weekend is the last weekend to see the multi-award-winning film The Blessing. It’s running continuously today, and ...
10/26/2019

This weekend is the last weekend to see the multi-award-winning film The Blessing. It’s running continuously today, and we will start it at 2 pm on Sunday. On Sunday admission is FREE for NM residents.⠀

Admission is free every day for Native peoples, Veterans and their Families, youth (under 16), and Members.⠀

Please come see this important film before it leaves Santa Fe!

10/24/2019

The first snow of the season!

IAIA students are greeting visitors at the MoCNA table at Open House on the IAIA Campus until 6 pm!  Come see this beaut...
10/23/2019

IAIA students are greeting visitors at the MoCNA table at Open House on the IAIA Campus until 6 pm! Come see this beautiful campus of our founding institution.

There are great sales going on in our Museum Store:  25% off a large selection of Pendleton items, including hats, glove...
10/23/2019

There are great sales going on in our Museum Store: 25% off a large selection of Pendleton items, including hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets for winter weather! ⠀

There’s also a fantastic selection of books that are 75% off. Hurry in soon - sale items are going fast!⠀

Hours are 10-5 weekdays and Saturday, noon to 5 on Sunday. We are closed every Tuesday.

Artist Dustin Mater was with us for the opening of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.  He has 4 pieces of art in...
10/21/2019

Artist Dustin Mater was with us for the opening of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art. He has 4 pieces of art in the exhibition.⠀

“By exploring the modern world through the lens of a Native artist, my work connects the past to the future. I use a variety of materials to tell my stories, never shying away from trying new mediums. In each work there is ornate, consistent Muskogean aesthetic. Life in motion continues to inspire me every day; in that, I try to always move forward with one eye on the past and one on the future. Through the practice of both modern and traditional arts of painting, digital art, shell carving, casting, sculpting and much more, my work continues the traditions of my ancestors.” - Dustin Mater (Chickasaw)⠀

Tushka Loksi’ (Warrior Turtles), Oil, acrylic, five tribal newspapers on canvas.

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The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is pleased to welcome visitors Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm and on Sunday from Noon until 5 pm. We are closed on Tuesdays and on the following holidays: New Years Day Easter Sunday Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day Admission: $10 for adults; half-price for seniors (62+), students with a valid ID, and NM residents; and free for members, Native people, veterans and their families, youth (16 & under), and NM residents visiting on Sunday. Admission rates are subject to change. Call (505) 983-8900 for more information. With your admission, you will receive an in-depth printed gallery guide. Use it as a narrative for your self-guided tour. Individual tours of most exhibits are available on request and based on availability of tour guides. Please inquire at the admissions desk. MoCNA offers group tours for educational, travel, and corporate groups. Group tours must be arranged at least three weeks prior to arrival. Please contact: [email protected] Walk – In Tours with our Docents: The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts provides current exhibition highlight tours every week on Mondays and Saturdays at 11:00 am led by our Docents. With cost of admission, these walk – in tours are free to our guests and offer insight into contemporary Native American art and experience. In some cases, we might not have a docent available, so please call 505-428.5907 during museum hours to confirm the walk-in tours are offered on a particular day or ask the museum admission desk.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(505) 983-8900

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