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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2018 Spring Exhibitions—Opening Reception

February 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Opening receptions for Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, Art & Activism: Selections from The Harjo Family Collection, IAIA 2018 BFA Exhibition—Breaking Ground, Rolande Souliere: Form and Content, and The Abundant North: Alaska Native Films of Influence.

IAIA A-i-R: Christa Cassano and Wayne Nez Gaussoin—Workshops

February 23, 9:30 am3:30 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo) and Christa Cassano (Confederated Tribes of Colville, Arrow Lakes Band) for two workshops on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).


Current and upcoming exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). View all exhibitions.

Action/Abstraction Redefined

July 28, 2017July 7, 2019

Action Abstraction Redefined features paintings and works on paper from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) permanent collection created in the 1960s and 1970s. The artists in this exhibition challenged stereotypical expectations of Indian art by experimenting with American modern art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard-edge Painting combined with art influences from their own cultural heritage.

The Abundant North: Alaska Native Films of Influence

January 8June 3

MoCNA is please to collaborate with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the presentation of films that reflect both home-grown cinematic influences in Alaskan film and works generated by UAF students and alumni.

Rolande Souliere: Form and Content

January 9, 2018January 27, 2019

Through the use of Ojibway, Cree, and Inuit syllabics, Souliere utilizes aspects of this writing system to engage in ideas about space, color, form, symbolism, surface movement, and language. Her new mural project is an exploration into the parallels and the multifaceted ways in which simple geometric building blocks such as chevrons, circles, and rectangles have a profound affinity with Indigenous language, culture, and abstraction in Western art.

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2017–2018 MoCNA Social Engagement Art Residency

MoCNA announces its 2017–2018 first and second round of Social Engagement Arts Residents, and currently, it is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Previously, this program was funded by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

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Holiday Holidays

Wishing you and your family peace, joy, and happiness during this season of celebration and throughout the New Year.—IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), Faculty, and Staff of the Institute of American Indian Arts. The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus will be closed during the holidays, however, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will offer limited hours.

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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.


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