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Daniel McCoy: The Ceaseless Quest for Utopia
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 thru Sat, Jan 27, 2018
ongoing 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Location: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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. 505-983-1666, iaia.edu. visit our website
New Acquisitions: 2011–2017
Fri, May 5, 2017 thru Sun, Jan 21, 2018
ongoing 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Location: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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).
Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance
Fri, May 19, 2017 thru Sat, Jan 27, 2018
ongoing 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Location: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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). visit our website
Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 thru Sun, Jan 21, 2018
ongoing 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Location: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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). visit our website
Action Abstraction Redefined
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 thru Sun, Jul 28, 2019
ongoing 11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Location: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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. visit our website

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