IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art’s 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 three weeks prior to arrival. Please contact Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), MoCNA Membership and Programs Manager at (505) 428-5907 or [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 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. 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.

Thanks to the Allan Houser Gallery for delivering two new bronze sculptures for our Allan Houser Art Park! Houser (Chiri...
05/16/2019

Thanks to the Allan Houser Gallery for delivering two new bronze sculptures for our Allan Houser Art Park! Houser (Chiricahua Apache) was a prolific modernist sculptor who who helped set up the sculpture department at IAIA. We’re honored to host these sculptures in our Art Park dedicated to Houser’s lifelong work as a Native artist.
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Pictured: “Mustangs”, Allan Houser, 1986, bronze.

Happening now!! 2019 IAIA Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading:Scribo Ergo SumGraduating seniors at the Institute ...
05/04/2019

Happening now!! 2019 IAIA Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading:
Scribo Ergo Sum

Graduating seniors at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) BFA Creative Writing program, Debbie Haddow, Damien Moore (Navajo), Chelsea Napper, and Matthew Robeck will be reading from original works in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Student readings will draw from the portfolio created during each student’s academic career and consists of the student’s best writing while at IAIA.

Due to overwhelming response to this workshop, amazing artist Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek) had a second jewelry works...
04/18/2019

Due to overwhelming response to this workshop, amazing artist Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek) had a second jewelry workshop, in which the artist discussed his practice and participants were guided through a creative process!

Fleetwood is a Santa Fe based jewelry artist whose work is currently
addressing ideas involving the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy. His contemporary jewelry designs reflect the diversity of forms found in nature and invite us to adorn ourselves with its beauty. Fleetwood holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The Magazine Santa Fe has just published a feature on Southwest Creative Residencies that includes the IAIA Museum of Co...
03/29/2019
Southwest Creative Residencies

The Magazine Santa Fe has just published a feature on Southwest Creative Residencies that includes the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Art Residency in their April issue. It's out this week in print and online. Once again thank you so much to THE Magazine for recognizing the work we do here at MoCNA!

A tour of destination residency programs in the Southwest for artists and writers.

03/28/2019
StandUp4MMIW 2019 (1 pm–5 pm)

StandUp4MMIW, Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (MST). The IAIA Community and the IAIA Women’s Society are gathering together in the IAIA Dance Circle to show support for MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) victims and their families.

Important Note: The live stream camera is permanently affixed to the Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building and does not include audio as part of the stream.

We’re going strong with Native women artists during #womenshistorymonth with Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe)! Shanawdith...
03/25/2019

We’re going strong with Native women artists during #womenshistorymonth with Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe)! Shanawdithit was the last known living member of the Beothuk people that lived in modern day Newfoundland, Canada. Belmore’s work references the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women, who are seven times more likely to be a victim of homicide than other women.

#5womenartists #womeninthearts

(Pictured: “Shanawdithit, The Last of the Beothuk” Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe), 2001, Ultracal 30/hair/stain/paint, © Rebecca
Belmore, Photo courtesy of: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery)

We’re kicking off our #5womenartists campaign with this great Native woman artist! Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s (Salis...
03/21/2019

We’re kicking off our #5womenartists campaign with this great Native woman artist! Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s (Salish and Kootenai) “Mischief” is part of her “Indian Land” painting series. These abstract landscapes reveal the life and history embodied within the land and comment on social, political, and historic topics and events. (Pictured: “Mischief, Indian Land Series”, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, 1992, acrylic/oil stick/collage on canvas)

MoCNA social engagement art residency talk! Happening now!
03/20/2019

MoCNA social engagement art residency talk! Happening now!

For the entire month of March (Women’s History Month), we’re partnering with The National Museum of Women in the Art...
03/19/2019

For the entire month of March (Women’s History Month), we’re partnering with The National Museum of Women in the Arts for their annual #5womenartists campaign. Can you name five (Native) women artists? If you can, it probably takes you much longer to think of five female artists than five male artists. The truth is that women have never been treated equally in the art world. This imbalance goes well beyond the art world, of course. But art plays a vital role in exploring issues of gender in society. #5WomenArtists social media campaign directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the United States and abroad, assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future. Stay tuned to see some incredible Native women highlighted on our social media accounts throughout the month!

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Art residents are here! Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq and Atha...
03/15/2019

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Art residents are here! Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq and Athabascan) and Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) as they visit the IAIA collection.

03/14/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The Museum, along with the IAIA campus, will be closed today due to inclement weather. Thanks so much for your patience!

IAIA is closed today, Thursday, March 14, 2019 due to inclement weather.

03/07/2019
Happen right now! IAIA Artist in Residence, Monique Sonoquie at MoCNA.
03/07/2019

Happen right now! IAIA Artist in Residence, Monique Sonoquie at MoCNA.

IAIA creative writing department students/faculty reading happening now at MoCNA!
02/09/2019

IAIA creative writing department students/faculty reading happening now at MoCNA!

Creative Santa Fe is looking to get feedback from the community on the future of the arts in Santa Fe! Please take a mom...
02/07/2019
THE FUTURE OF ART IN SANTA FE

Creative Santa Fe is looking to get feedback from the community on the future of the arts in Santa Fe! Please take a moment to fill out their survey:

Creative Santa Fe is hosting an event this March to examine the future of the arts in Santa Fe. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey to help us learn more about your perspective. For more information, please visit: www.creativesantafe.org/events/the-future-of-art

Steven Yazzie + IAIA Students + Axle Contemporary WorkshopFor a total of four days, Art for New Understanding exhibition...
02/05/2019

Steven Yazzie + IAIA Students + Axle Contemporary Workshop

For a total of four days, Art for New Understanding exhibition artist Steven Yazzie (Navajo/Laguna Pueblo) along side
IAIA art students and local community Artspace, Axle Contemporary will participate in a workshop in which a new
go-cart for the Art for A New Understanding exhibition, specifically for Yazzie’s installation, Driving and Drawing will
be modified. The go-cart was a pivotal element in the Driving and Drawing installation. With the new project we look
to engage and connect both students and the Santa Fe art community with the exhibition and Yazzie’s art practice.
The go-cart was an experiment in which Yazzie would, essentially drive while drawing. The new performative piece
with Yazzie leading the intervention will support the next part of his on going project, now called, Painting and
Driving. The go cart will be installed in the exhibition during its run at MoCNA.

Driving. The go cart will be installed in the exhibition during its run at MoCNA.

MoCNA’s recent Artist run workshop featuring Brian Fleetwood, an amazing Mvskoke Creek jeweler, was one of the best ye...
02/05/2019

MoCNA’s recent Artist run workshop featuring Brian Fleetwood, an amazing Mvskoke Creek jeweler, was one of the best yet! Participants used one of three kits designed by Brian to create a brooch.The kits, which are a part of a larger project, address a variety of themes which explore ideas around what jewelry can be and the limits of creative possibility.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts's cover photo
01/26/2019

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts's cover photo

Coffees and curators! Starting now at MoCNA.
01/26/2019

Coffees and curators! Starting now at MoCNA.

There’s still time left to view Holly Wilson’s “On Turtle’s Back” and Darren Vigil Gray’s “Expanding Horiz...
01/18/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

There’s still time left to view Holly Wilson’s “On Turtle’s Back” and Darren Vigil Gray’s “Expanding Horizons”, and on Jan. 25 “Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now” opens at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

There’s still time left to view Holly Wilson’s “On Turtle’s Back” and Darren Vigil Gray’s “Expanding Horizons”, and on Jan. 25 “Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now” opens at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

Last training of a new class of MoCNA Docents! Thanks to these wonderful volunteers!
01/15/2019

Last training of a new class of MoCNA Docents! Thanks to these wonderful volunteers!

In light of the continued federal government shutdown, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts would like to offer f...
01/09/2019

In light of the continued federal government shutdown, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts would like to offer free admission to any federal employees who present their photo ID or badge, along with one guest, throughout the duration of the shutdown.

12/20/2018
Have you entered our *Holiday Giveaway* yet?? Find our previous post featuring this adorable plush bear for entry detail...
12/17/2018

Have you entered our *Holiday Giveaway* yet?? Find our previous post featuring this adorable plush bear for entry details! Drawing is this Thursday!

*HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY* To celebrate the release of our newest catalogue highlighting our permanent collection and the upcomi...
12/12/2018

*HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY* To celebrate the release of our newest catalogue highlighting our permanent collection and the upcoming holiday, we’re doing a giveaway! Enter to win a copy of “Action Abstraction Redefined”, a museum coffee mug, and a plush bear designed by a Canadian First Nations artist!

How to enter:
1. Like our page.
2. Like this photo!
3. Mention a friend in the comments who would love to visit the museum.
4. Enter again by finding this photo on our Instagram account, @iaiamocna.

Drawing will be on 12/20!

MoCNA Docent Training  --- Indian 101 with the lovely Laura Harris, ED of Americans for Indian Opportunity!
12/12/2018

MoCNA Docent Training --- Indian 101 with the lovely Laura Harris, ED of Americans for Indian Opportunity!

There’s only a few more weeks to experience “Meeting the Clouds Halfway”, including our make-your-own basket inter...
12/10/2018

There’s only a few more weeks to experience “Meeting the Clouds Halfway”, including our make-your-own basket interactive!

It's happening right now! Museum Store Holiday Sale -- 20% off for Museum Members and 10% off for Non Members! Extra spe...
12/08/2018

It's happening right now! Museum Store Holiday Sale -- 20% off for Museum Members and 10% off for Non Members! Extra special treat! Darren Vigil Gray Talk at 1:30 and Peformance at 3pm today!!!

Great news, IAIA graduating seniors! The deadline for submitting an application to the BFA show has been extended to NEX...
12/07/2018

Great news, IAIA graduating seniors! The deadline for submitting an application to the BFA show has been extended to NEXT FRIDAY, 12/14! See the flyer for application details.

12/04/2018
Hey, graduating IAIA BFA students, listen up! The deadline for applying to the Feb. 2019 BFA show is fast approaching. T...
11/15/2018

Hey, graduating IAIA BFA students, listen up! The deadline for applying to the Feb. 2019 BFA show is fast approaching. This is an extremely excellent opportunity to have your artwork shown in a museum. Send in your applications to our chief curator (info on flyer) before Dec. 7th. Don't miss out!

A big shout out to Natalie Ball, who was recently awarded the Seattle Art Museum’s 2018 Betty Bowen Award! We were hon...
11/13/2018
Artist Natalie Ball wins Seattle Art Museum’s 2018 Betty Bowen Award

A big shout out to Natalie Ball, who was recently awarded the Seattle Art Museum’s 2018 Betty Bowen Award! We were honored to share Natalie's work as part of our our 2017 exhibition "Connective Tissue". Know of any other Native artists that are doing great work? Drop us a line!

The Seattle Art Museum has named multidisciplinary artist Natalie Ball as the winner of the 2018 Betty Bowen Award, which comes with a no-strings-attached cash prize of $15,000 and a solo exhibition at SAM.

Congratulations to IAIA alumni Cannupa Hanska Luger on the award of the prestigious Burke Prize for Contemporary Craft f...
11/07/2018
Cannupa Hanska Luger Wins New $50,000 Arts Prize

Congratulations to IAIA alumni Cannupa Hanska Luger on the award of the prestigious Burke Prize for Contemporary Craft from the Museum of Art and Design! We were honored to have Cannupa's work as part of an exhibition last year.

The artist is the inaugural winner of the Museum of Arts and Design’s Burke Prize for contemporary craft.

Hey, New Mexico! Tomorrow, Nov 6th, is the big day, time to VOTE!Here are some excellent voter resources for New Mexico ...
11/05/2018

Hey, New Mexico! Tomorrow, Nov 6th, is the big day, time to VOTE!

Here are some excellent voter resources for New Mexico should you have any questions:

- Sant Fe County Clerk's Office: www.santafecountynm.gov/clerk/elections_information
- New Mexico Secretary of State Voter Information Portal: www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/voter-information-portal.aspx

Also, please vote for GO Bond D. The GO Bond D funds will assist with making changes to the IAIA campus to ensure that it is ADA compliant.

Get out there!

The Blessing is honored to make its New Mexico Premiere at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's 10th Year Anniversary! P...
10/18/2018

The Blessing is honored to make its New Mexico Premiere at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's 10th Year Anniversary!

Personal and crucial, The Blessing – follows a Navajo coal miner raising his secretive daughter as a single father, struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of America's largest coal producer.

SCREENING TIME ANNOUNCEMENT: Friday, October 19th 7:00PM at The Lensic Theater. TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Q&A to follow with the filmmakers, subjects and Executive Producer Raoul Max Trujillo. Look forward to seeing you there!

TICKETS
https://tickets.ticketssantafe.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=5633

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More information about the film:

The Blessing is a feature-length documentary film, co-directed by the Emmy® Award winning filmmaking team Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein. Written and Edited by Academy Member Ricardo Acosta, C.C.E. (Marmato, The Silence of Others, Herman's House), Original Score by Kevin Kiner (Netflix's Making Murderer and AMC's Hell On Wheels), and Sound Designed by Emmy Award Winner Joanna Fang (Cartel Land).

Long Synopsis:
Personal and crucial, The Blessing – follows a Navajo coal miner raising his secretive daughter as a single father, struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of America's largest coal producer. The Blessing is a feature-length documentary film, co-directed by the Emmy® Award winning filmmaking team Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein.

Made with support from the International Documentary Association and the Points North Institute, and captured over the course of five years, the filmmakers join a Navajo family for some of the most deeply personal and important moments in the character’s lives, from a miner enduring a life-threatening injury and confronting the deep spiritual sacrifice he makes to provide for his family. To a young Navajo woman discovering her inner identity and managing the expectations of her traditional father, while playing on the men’s varsity football team and being crowned homecoming queen.

First and foremost a character-driven film, The Blessing brings the search for acceptance to broad audiences through the unprecedented and intimate access the filmmakers have been given to this under reported social and environmental story on the Navajo Nation.

Here's what artist Susan Hudson has to say about her Project Indigene topic - Activism:"Being a strong Dine’ Asdzaan A...
10/18/2018

Here's what artist Susan Hudson has to say about her Project Indigene topic - Activism:

"Being a strong Dine’ Asdzaan Activist means being able to develop a piece of art that invokes emotions and conversations that people either like or makes them uncomfortable. Having people come up to see my quilt and I watch their emotions, if they want to talk to me they say that this is me and my family’s stories, it includes the laughter, tears, breaking voices and running noses. To the people that say the Government, Boarding Schools or Missionaries didn’t do those atrocities to us, that is when my sarcastic happiness kicks in." -Susan Hudson (Navajo)

Learn more about Project Indigene at www.nmculture.org/projectindigene #ProjectIndigene

Photo: detail of Susan Hudson's "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Quilt". Photo Credit: Caitlin E. Jenkins.

IAIA student artists Robyn Tsinnajinnie (Navajo) and Austin Big Crow (Oglala Lakota) started work on their joint mural i...
10/16/2018

IAIA student artists Robyn Tsinnajinnie (Navajo) and Austin Big Crow (Oglala Lakota) started work on their joint mural in our upstairs hallway! Can’t wait to see the end results!

Museum of International Folk Art's exhibit, "Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru" features work by Project Ind...
10/11/2018

Museum of International Folk Art's exhibit, "Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru" features work by Project Indigene artist Aymar Ccopacatty.

Peruvian Gráfica Popular is flourishing in Lima with a variety of collectives producing bold prints that remix traditional Andean and Rainforest symbolism with urban aesthetics. Amapolay is one such group that works to promote solidarity among marginalized communities and to bring visibility to political, economic, and social issues of the day. See this and more in their exhibition, "Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru" on display through Mar 10, 2019.

Learn more about Project Indigene at www.nmculture.org/projectindigene #ProjectIndigene

Photo: "520 Años de Resistencias" (520 Years of Resistance) by Amapolay, Lima, Peru, 2015. Paper, ink. Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection, FA.2015.86.6 .

Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Lots of cool events happening on the Santa Fe Plaza today, hosted by the Santa Fe India...
10/08/2018

Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Lots of cool events happening on the Santa Fe Plaza today, hosted by the Santa Fe Indian Center. Check it out! (Artwork by George Toya, Jemez Pueblo)

Get your official Indigenous Peoples Day t-shirt today, Oct. 8th, on the SF Plaza! 8am-5pm. Dances, announcements, nonprofit booths and more!

Indigenous art forms are under threat. Unscrupulous vendors sell knock-off imitations misrepresenting their authenticity...
10/04/2018

Indigenous art forms are under threat. Unscrupulous vendors sell knock-off imitations misrepresenting their authenticity. Corporations appropriate native imagery for commercial product designs. Cultural imagery is appropriated without permission, royalties, context, or respect for the culture or its people.

“My work is about shedding light on the stereotypical images and outdated perceptions of contemporary Native people and offers a glimpse of what it is
to be Indigenous in the 21st century.” -Charlene Teters (Spokane)

Learn more about Project Indigene at www.nmculture.org/projectindigene #ProjectIndigene

Photo: "The Smile" by Charlene Teters (Spokane), 2016, Multi-media installation.

Here is what Project Indigene artist Ashley Browning has to say about her topic - Appropriation."The theft of one’s id...
09/27/2018

Here is what Project Indigene artist Ashley Browning has to say about her topic - Appropriation.

"The theft of one’s identity is not something to be brushed off. This issue has been happening for a while now and is known as Cultural Appropriation. The mass media does not spotlight this issue enough, but as a Native artist, I have seen it happen too frequently. I strive to use my artwork as a way to highlight the culture, identity, and power that a Native American holds." -Ashley Browning (Santa Clara Publeo)

Learn more about Project Indigene at www.nmculture.org/projectindigene #ProjectIndigene

Photo: “Paper Doll” by Ashley Browning, 2013 – 1st Place at SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market (Class III, Division F, Category 1602)

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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 (888) 922-IAIA 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 Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), MoCNA Membership and Programs Manager at (505) 428-5907 or [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 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. 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

Telephone

(505) 988-6211

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