IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
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.
MoCNA encourages creative expression across the fields of arts and culture as an opportunity to engage, establish, foster, and cultivate in cross-cultural dialogue with communities at the local, national, and global level.
MoCNA’s exhibitions, programs, and its Collection of Contemporary Native Arts are integral to nurturing and growth of the Institute of American Indian Arts legacy, college community, and curriculum across academic and artistic disciplines.
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Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) tri-monthly book club, The MoCNA Reader. Inspired by our exhibition, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain—A Retrospective Exhibition, when we take up Monkey Beach by First Nations writer and IAIA MFA fiction mentor Eden Robinson. Monkey Beach is filled with details of Haisla culture and wildlife that surround the village of Kitamaat, Haisla Nation, which sits at the head of the Douglas Channel in British Columbia, Canada. Sasquatch or B’gwus…
Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man and Jordan Schnitzer Museum McCosh Associate Curator Danielle Knapp as they discuss the impact of recently passed artist Rick Bartow (Wiyot tribe of Northern California) on contemporary Native art, and Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain—A Retrospective Exhibition currently on display at MoCNA. Rick Bartow passed away on April 2, 2016, from congestive heart failure. This discussion will happen via Skype—a video phone call when projected…
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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) staff is saddened to hear of the sudden and unexpected passing of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. She was a deeply powerful artist who pushed the boundaries of Indigenous...read more
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Are you interested in contemporary Native American art? Maybe you’re looking for an opportunity to interact with other people, or perhaps you are excited by the idea of learning? Then you may be a perfect fit for the IAIA...read more
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts The Allan Houser Foundation recently rotated three new sculptures into the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Allan Houser Art Park—the outdoor area directly behind the museum. During your next visit, please...read more
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists.
MoCNA is dedicated solely to advancing the scholarship, discourse and interpretation of contemporary Native art for regional, national and international audiences. As such, it stewards the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art, 7,500 artworks in all media created in 1962 or later. MoCNA is at the forefront of contemporary Native art presentation and strives to be flexible, foresighted and risk-taking in its exhibitions and programs. MoCNA is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.