Fall 2020 MoCNA Social Engagement Art Residents Announced

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) announces its 2020 Social Engagement Arts Residents Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee) and Mercedes Dorame (Tongva). Both artists will be taking part in our first ever virtual Social Engagement Artist Residency. The virtual artist residency will occur remotely, with both artists building their projects and engaging with the public through “virtual studios,” workshops, artist talks, and Instagram takeovers.

Luzene Hill

Luzene Hill

Luzene Hill

Luzene Hill is a multimedia artist, best known for socially engaged conceptual installations, which incorporate performance/action. Her work reflects interdisciplinary scholarship in visual art, women’s studies, and Native American culture—topics that are integral to her background and personal journey. Through work informed by pre-contact culture of the Americas, Hill advocates for Indigenous sovereignty—linguistic, cultural, and personal sovereignty. These concepts form the basis of her installations, performances, drawings, and artist’s books. Her drawings address vulnerability and resilience viewed through both a personal and cultural lens. Recent work, employing indigenous goddess motifs, asserts female agency and challenges phallocentric hierarchies. An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Hill lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Her awards include the 2019 Ucross Fellowship, the 2016 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts, the 2015 Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, and the 2015 First Peoples Fund Fellowship. Hill’s work is featured in Susan C. Power’s book, Art of the Cherokee: Prehistory to the Present, in Josh MacPhee’s and Rebecca Solnit’s book, Celebrate People’s History: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, and the PBS documentary, Native Art Now!.

Mercedes Dorame

Mercedes Dorame

Mercedes Dorame

Mercedes Dorame, born in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She calls on her Tongva ancestry to engage the problematics of visibility and ideas of cultural construction. Dorame’s work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Triton Museum, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, The de Saisset Museum, The Montblanc Foundation Collection, and The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from: Creative Capital, the Montblanc Art Commission, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Loop Artist Residency, the James Phelan Award for California born visual artists, En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards program, Galería de la Raza, for her solo exhibition there, the Harpo Foundation for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and from the Photography Department at the San Francisco Art Institute for her MFA Studies. She is currently visiting faculty at CalArts, and was recently honored by UCLA as part of the centennial initiative UCLA: Our Stories, Our Impact, and was part of the Hammer Museum’s 2018 Made in L.A. exhibition. She has shown her work internationally. Her writing has been featured in News From Native California, and 580 Split, and her artwork has been highlighted by PBS NewsHour, Artforum, KCET’s Artbound, the New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, KQED, Artsy, ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

Happenings

Date & TimeArtistEvent
October 14, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm Luzene HillVirtual Artist Talk
October 15, All-DayLuzene HillInstagram Takeover
October 21, 5:30 pm–6:30 pmMercedes Dorame Virtual Artist Talk
October 22, All-DayMercedes Dorame Instagram Takeover
October 27, 5:30 pm–6:45 pmLuzene HillVirtual Workshop
October 28, 5:30 pm–6:45 pmMercedes Dorame Virtual Workshop
For more information, please contact Senior Manager of Museum Education Winoka Yepa (Navajo) at (505) 428-5907 or winoka.yepa@iaia.edu.
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