Museum Happenings

See the latest news and events from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

Upcoming Events

List of Events

MoCNA Volunteer Training Program

Tue, October 16Tue, November 6

MoCNA is seeking candidates for its volunteer training program. The program will feature instruction in Native American art and the workings of a major museum that will enable successful participants to provide valuable services to visitors to the museum.

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MoCNA Docent Training Program

Tue, October 16, 2018Tue, January 29, 2019

MoCNA is seeking candidates for its docent training program. The program will feature instruction in Native American art and the workings of a major museum that will enable successful participants to provide valuable services to visitors to the museum.

MoCNA/Skype™ with Artist Holly Wilson

Wed, November 28, 10:30 am11:30 am

Join MoCNA and artist Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee) currently featured in the MoCNA exhibition, Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back. This discussion will happen via Skype™.

Past Happenings

List of Events

Lillian Pitt, image courtesy the artist

IAIA A-i-R: Lillian Pitt—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

Wed, September 26, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs Wasco/Yakama) as she discusses her art practice. Pitt is known internationally for her masks of clay, bronze, and cast glass, along with her sculpture, jewelry, and prints—which honor her ancestors from the Columbia River Gorge.

Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland

The Sea of Grass—Book Reading and Dialogue

Sun, August 19, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Join Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma citizens, author Walter Echo-Hawk and Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in a lively discussion on historical fiction novel The Sea of Grass: A Family Tale from the American Heartland.

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series: Resilience and Rights—Panel

Sat, August 18, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series in Partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) + Creative Santa Fe—Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights recognizes the increasing importance and relevance of the cultural community and art within a national and international platform. An introductory poem will be read by Navajo Nation Poet laureate Luci Tapahonso.

Sense of the Sacred-A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice

N. Scott Momaday and the Sense of the Sacred: A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice—Book Reading + Discussion

Sat, August 18, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Please join author N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) and W. Richard West (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West, Dr. Joëlle Rostkowski, and Jill Momaday (Kiowa) in a dynamic discussion about N. Scott Momaday and the Sense of the Sacred-A Native Poet and Artist, a Universal Voice written by Dr. Joëlle Rostkowski.

Expanding Horizons: Darren Vigil Gray

Gallery Sessions with Artists Terrol Dew Johnson, Holly Wilson, Darren Vigil Gray, and Ian Kuali’i

Sat, August 18, 9:00 am11:30 pm

Located in the Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery and Allan Houser Art Park. Artists Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee), Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa Apache) and Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Mescalero Apache) will discuss current exhibitions and participate in a panel discussion on their respective art practices with introductions by MoCNA Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man.

Santa Fe’s Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM—Live Broadcast

Sat, August 18, 9:00 am5:00 pm

Located in the South Courtyard. Santa Fe Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM will have a live radio feed at the Museum. Featuring giveaways and live radio all day. Radio personality Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) of Indigenous Foundation will be live from the booth from 2–5 pm.

CineDoom: Narratives of Native Film and Beyond—Film Screening

Sat, August 18Sun, August 19

Located in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery. MoCNA is pleased to present six innovative films made by Southwestern based American directors and their teams of writers, producers, editors, and actors in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery. Run Time is 55:30 minutes

CineDoom: Narratives of Native Film and Beyond—Panel

Fri, August 17, 5:00 pm6:15 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. MoCNA is pleased to present six innovative films made by Southwestern based American directors and their teams of writers, producers, editors, and actors in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery.

Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back

2018 Summer Exhibitions—Opening Reception

Thu, August 16, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Located in the Allan Houser Art Park. Three new exhibitions will open on the first floor including Meeting the Clouds Halfway: Terrol Dew Johnson and Aranda\Lasch, Expanding Horizons: Darren Vigil Gray, and Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back. Featuring DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit) during the opening reception.

Clouds Halfway: Terrol Dew Johnson and Aranda\Lasch

Indian Market at MoCNA (All Happenings)

Thu, August 16Sun, August 19

During the 2018 SWAIA Indian Market please visit IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) for its own special events. Here’s a listing of events from Thursday, August 16–Sunday, August 19, 2018. All events are free and open to the public.

IAIA A-i-R: Janet Rogers—Book Launch and Reading

Fri, July 27, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

MoCNA will host a book launch and public reading of the spring edition of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora) is the guest editor of the Yellow Medicine Review and she will do a public reading.

5th Annual Family Day—Celebrate your Family at MoCNA

Sat, June 2, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) welcomes families and children of all ages to participate in unique artist-designed and hands-on art-making activities that highlight contemporary Native arts. Programs during the event are geared towards K–5.

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading—Tuff Gurlz

Sat, May 5, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

IAIA 2018 Spring Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading—Tuff Gurlz on Saturday, May 5, 2-4 pm at the Allan Houser Art Park at MoCNA. Graduating seniors from the IAIA BFA Creative Writing Program will be reading from their original works in poetry and fiction. The event is free and open to the public.

IAIA A-i-R: Marwin Begaye, Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., and Ian Kuali’i—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

Wed, April 11, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Marwin Begaye (Navajo), Monte Yellow Bird Sr, (Arikara and Hidatsa, Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota) and Ian Kuali’i (Native Hawaiian/Apache) as they discuss their artistic practice.

Shawna Shandiin Sunrise, photograph courtesy the artist

Nizhónígo Anílééh (Make it Beautiful)—Flower Arranging Workshop

Fri, April 6, 1:00 pm3:00 pm

Just in time for Spring! The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) partnered with well-known floral designer Shawna Shandiin Sunrise for a workshop on creating Santa Fe-inspired flower arrangements. This event is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $20 for materials.

MoCNA Social Engagement Artist-in-Residence Talk

Wed, March 28, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join artists Anita Fields (Osage Nation/Muscogee Creek) and Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) as they discuss their practice and their current Social Engagement Art Residency at MoCNA.

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Luna

Thu, March 22, 6:15 pm7:30 pm

IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) present a celebration of the life and legacy of internationally-renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Payómkawichum (Luiseño)/Ipi (Diegueño and Mexican-American). The tribute will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:15 pm–7:30 pm in the LTC Auditorium on the IAIA Campus.

MoCNA Skype™ with Artist Emily Johnson

Fri, March 16, 10:30 am11:30 am

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and artist Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) currently featured in MoCNA exhibition Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations. This discussion will happen via Skype™.

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The MoCNA Reader—2018 Kids’ Day

Sat, March 10, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) book club, the MoCNA Reader as we welcome children (K-5) to the museum. The museum store will highlight Native children’s book author Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia from the Pueblos of Tamaya (Santa Ana) and Walatowa (Jemez).

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

Fri, February 23, 9:30 am3:30 pm

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

2018 Spring Exhibitions—Opening Reception

Fri, 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 BFA Creative Writing Reading

IAIA BFA Creative Writing Reading—Listen to the H(ear)t

Sat, February 10, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join the IAIA faculty and students as they celebrate February—the month of love—with a reading. The Museum Store is offering special valentine-inspired activities in coordination with the IAIA BFA Creative Writing Reading event.

Brown Bag it with MoCNA: Collaborative Mural Discussion with Eliza Naranjo Morse and Terran Kipp Last Gun

Fri, January 19, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Terran Kipp Last Gun (Piikani Nation) as they discuss their artistic practice and current collaborative mural, entitled, Home is a Life Journey.

2017 MoCNA Holiday Sale and Performance Weekend

Sat, December 9, 2017Sun, December 10, 2017

Holiday shopping all weekend long at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store, which is offering discounts on the finest American Indian artwork. Museum members receive 20% or more off store purchases.

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IAIA A-i-R: Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace—Brown Bag It at MoCNA

Fri, December 8, 2017, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Athena LaTocha, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Jason Reed Brown, and Wanesia Spry Misquadace at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in a lunchtime discussion. Bring your lunch and hear from the artists about their work.

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Cacti are Cool: Celebrating Indigenous Ecological Practices with DIY Terrariums—Workshop

Fri, December 1, 2017, 10:00 am12:00 pm

Take a moment to stop and smell....the cactus! Spend a morning learning about Indigenous dryland and desert ecological practices through our current exhibition Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance and then put that knowledge to use by building your own cactus terrarium.

Indigenous Comic Con Master Workshops at MoCNA

Thu, November 9, 2017, 9:30 am3:00 pm

The Indigenous Comic Con is the first-ever pop culture convention dedicated to exploring and showcasing Indigenous peoples in the worlds of mass media and popular culture. The workshops will cover aspects of inspiration, process, and publication.

IAIA A-i-R: Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen—Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces

Thu, November 2, 2017, 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in a special evening with IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Erica Lord, Peter Williams, and Ryan Feddersen.

Polar Bear Curl, 2017, acrylic, polymer, reindeer and polar bear fur, nylon thread, ca. 15" x 160 in., Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabaskan)

The MoCNA Reader—Connective Tissue

Fri, October 6, 2017, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art’s (MoCNA) tri-monthly book club called, The MoCNA Reader. Inspired by our exhibition, Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art, we take up the accompanying catalog recently published by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

IAIA A-i-R: Resilient Fibers

Sat, September 23, 2017, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

The current IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Janice George, Leanne Campbell, and Marlene Nielsen are all fiber artists. Join to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) for hands-on experiences with interesting materials like wool, bark, grasses, and cured fish skin. Free and open to the public.

Chaos to Complexity

Sat, September 16, 2017, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

MoCNA and the Santa Fe Institute explore the creative process in art and science through a discussion between SFI President David Krakauer and artist Melissa Cody (Navajo)—the event is moderated by SFI Professor Mirta Galesic.

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series

Sun, August 20, 2017, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

This panel will explore the complexities of writing about Indigenous museums and the arts that moves beyond the celebratory and descriptive literature that dominates the field.

Bending Backwards for Benefactors—Panel

Sun, August 20, 2017, 11:00 am12:00 pm

In April of 2017, Museum Collections Registrar John Joe (Navajo) and IAIA Archivist Ryan Flahive packed a rental van and headed to Washington D.C. to pick up a significant donation from Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), American Indian activist, lobbyist, policy maker, and 2011 recipient of an IAIA Honorary Doctorate.

Connective Tissue—Panel and Performance

Sat, August 19, 2017, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Join Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art exhibition artists Merritt Johnson (Mixed descent/Mohawk/Blackfoot/Non-Indigenous), Melissa Cody (Navajo), and David Gaussoin (Picuris/Navajo/French) for a panel discussion on recent developments in Native fiber art.

desert ArtLAB’s Mobile ECO-STUDIO—Performance

Sat, August 19, 2017, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join current exhibition Indigenous art collaborative, desert ArtLAB and their Mobile ECO-STUDIO, which acts as a portable Native ecology site distributing restorative Indigenous flora to share a message of ecological decolonization.

IAIA at documenta 14—Panel

Sat, August 19, 2017, 10:30 am12:00 pm

With funding from the Ford Foundation, IAIA offered two students an opportunity to travel to Kassel, Germany in June to attend documenta 14. Founded in 1955, documenta is a contemporary art exhibition which takes place every five years.

Artist Gallery Sessions

Sat, August 19, 2017, 9:15 am10:15 am

Join artists Marlowe Katoney (Navajo), Merritt Johnson (Mohawk/Blackfoot), Indigenous art collective desert ArtLAB, featuring April Bojorquez (Chicana/Rarámuri) and Matthew Garcia (Chicano), MoCNA curators Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Choctaw/Hopi) and John Joe (Navajo) in the museum galleries as they discuss their current exhibitions and practice.

American Traditional War Songs: The Ethnopoetic Videos of Sky Hopinka

Sat, August 19, 2017Sun, August 20, 2017

Sky Hopinka’s work is both multifaceted conceptually and formally, with involved tiers of images and narratives. Beautiful and mysterious, thick with color and gesture, his films are filled with notions and confluences around tribal identity, language and land.

Moving Pictures: The Current State of Native American Animation—Panel and Reception

Fri, August 18, 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Animation has always played a part of everyday life in mainstream American society and Native American communities. Today, we are seeing a reflection of the state of diversity by the acknowledgement and production of culturally diverse animation.

2017 IAIA Alumni Luncheon at Indian Market

Fri, August 18, 2017, 12:00 pm3:00 pm

This year’s IAIA Alumni luncheon during Indian Market will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12 pm at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in downtown Santa Fe.

Summer and Fall Exhibitions—Opening Reception

Thu, August 17, 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Exhibition openings for Daniel McCoy: The Ceaseless Quest for Utopia, New Acquisitions: 2011–2017, Desert ArtLAB, American Traditional War Songs, Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art, and Action Abstraction Redefined.

Photograph courtesy of Desert ArtLAB

The MoCNA Reader—Eating the Landscape

Fri, July 14, 2017, 12:00 am1:30 pm

Join MoCNA’s tri-monthly book club called, The MoCNA Reader. Inspired by our exhibition, Desert ArtLAB: Ecologies of Resistance, we take up Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience, by Rarámuri author and renown Indigenous ethnobotanist, Enrique Salmón.

4th Annual Interaction in Art or the Art of Ping Pong™

Fri, June 2, 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The 4th Annual Interaction in Art or the Art of Ping Pong™ is inspired by the wildly popular brainchild of Arizona’s Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Arm Wrestling for Art.

4th Annual Family Day—Celebrate your Family at MoCNA

Sat, May 20, 2017, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) welcomes families and children of all ages to participate in unique artist-designed and hands-on art-making activities that highlight contemporary Native arts. Programs during the event are geared towards K–5.

IAIA 2017 BFA Exhibition—IN CONCLUSION: Closing Reception

Fri, May 12, 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) presents IN CONCLUSION, a BFA exhibition showcasing the graduating class of 2016–2017. IAIA continually inspires the next generation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists alike.

Fast Cars and Slow Burns

Sat, May 6, 2017, 2:00 pm3:00 pm

IAIA graduating seniors in the Creative Writing BFA program Douglas Suano Bootes (Saponi-Catawba), Veronica A. Clark, Katharina Deiter (Peepeekisis First Nation), and Jamie Natonabah (Navajo Nation) will be reading from original works in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Readings will draw from the portfolio created during each student’s academic career and consists of the student’s best writing.

Decolonial Gestures | A Symposium on Indigenous Performance (Day 2)

Sat, May 6, 2017, 9:15 am8:00 pm

Decolonial Gestures | A Symposium on Indigenous Performance is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and intertribal symposium intended to both present and stimulate contemporary Indigenous expressive forms. Taking cue from the recent theoretical unfolding of decoloniality, the symposium will both enact and examine decolonial praxis, which resists the perceptual and discursive strictures of colonial matrices of power.

Decolonial Gestures | A Symposium on Indigenous Performance (Day 1)

Fri, May 5, 2017, 11:00 am8:00 pm

Decolonial Gestures | A Symposium on Indigenous Performance is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and intertribal symposium intended to both present and stimulate contemporary Indigenous expressive forms. Taking cue from the recent theoretical unfolding of decoloniality, the symposium will both enact and examine decolonial praxis, which resists the perceptual and discursive strictures of colonial matrices of power.

Brown Bag it with MoCNA— Ka’ila Farrell-Smith and Anthony Lovato

Wed, April 26, 2017, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join visual artist Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath/Modoc) and jeweler Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo) as they discuss their artistic practice. Both artists conclude their month of participation in the IAIA Artist-in-Residence program on the IAIA campus with this event. Ka’ila Farrell-Smith Ka’ila Farrell-Smith Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath/Modoc) is focused on channeling research into a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness that is rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism. Ka’ila is a contemporary Klamath and Modoc visual…

MoCNA Skype with Artist Melanie Yazzie

Thu, April 6, 2017, 10:30 am11:30 am

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and artist Melanie Yazzie (Diné) as we discuss Yazzie’s art practice and work in our current exhibition, New Impressions -Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking currently on display at MoCNA.

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Brown Bag it with MoCNA—John Hagen and Craig Dan Goseyun

Fri, March 24, 2017, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join photo artist John Hagen (Aleut/Inupiaq) and sculptor Craig Dan Goseyun (San Carlos Apache) as they discuss their artistic practice. Both artists conclude their month of participation in the IAIA Artist-in-Residence program on the IAIA Campus with this event.

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The MoCNA Reader—Kids’ Day

Sat, March 11, 2017, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) tri-monthly book club, the MoCNA Reader, as we welcome children (K–5) to the museum. The museum store will highlight Native children’s book author, Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia, from the Pueblos of Tamaya (Santa Ana) and Walatowa (Jemez). The children’s event will include readings from Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began, and Sister Rabbit’s Tricks, plus a sing-a-long, a book-signing, and snacks. During the event, MoCNA is…

MoCNA Local Artist-in-Residence Open Studio and Talk—David-Alexander Hubbard Sloan

Sat, March 4, 2017, 12:00 pm4:00 pm

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) current local Artist-in-Residence David-Alexander Hubbard Sloan (Navajo) will give a talk on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 12 pm, plus his studio will be open to the public through 4 pm. About the Program and Artist Every year, the MoCNA offers residencies to local artists working in any media. We are pleased to announce our current resident. David-Alexander Hubbard Sloan (Navajo) was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sloan works in…

Brown Bag it with MoCNA—Emmi Whitehorse

Fri, February 17, 2017, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join artist Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo) as she discusses her art practice. See Whitehorse’s work in New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking. Whitehorse is a painter and printmaker, born in Crownpoint, NM, she grew up northeast of Gallup, NM in a family where only the Navajo language was spoken. In 1980, Whitehorse earned her Bachelor of Arts in painting and Masters from UNM, majoring in printmaking and minoring in art history. Whitehorse’s paintings draw upon a…

IAIA BFA Creative Writing Poetry Reading—Chocolates, Roses, and Truthful Lies

Sat, February 4, 2017, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) faculty and students as they celebrate February—the month of love—with a reading. Michael Namingha, He Loves Me Not, 2005, Silver, digital print on canvas, MoCNA Collection H-409 Students Douglas Bootes Vivian Carroll (Cherokee Nation) Veronica Clark Katharina Deiter (Peepeekisis) Courteney Handy Paige Hannan (Shinnecock Nation) Savannah Junes (San Juan Pueblo) Jamie Natonabah (Navajo) Faculty Jon Davis Evelina Zuni Lucero (Isleta/Ohkeh Owingeh Pueblo) Annette Rodriguez James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk) Jennifer Shapland…

New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking—Opening Reception

Fri, January 27, 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Organized by the International Print Center New York, New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking showcases over forty prints by twelve contemporary Native American printmakers. Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences that shaped their lives, artists layer old and new, past and present to explore how the attitudes that informed the racial policies and practices of the last centuries continue to resonate in popular culture today. Among the artists are Lynne Allen (Hunkpapa Lakota descent), Rick…

Coffee + Cup Making + Chief Curator

Thu, December 8, 2016, 10:00 am12:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’s (MoCNA) staff for a conversation, coffee, and the creation of a clay coffee cup. Meet the new Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man and Ceramist and Graphic Designer Sallie Wesaw Sloan in an informal setting as we hand-build coffee cups which will be fired and picked up at a later date. This event is limited to 20 participants with a fee of $10 for materials and firing. For more information and to RSVP, please contact…

2016 MoCNA Holiday Sale

Fri, November 25, 2016Sun, November 27, 2016

Don’t miss the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) holiday sale event—Holiday shopping MoCNA-style, all weekend long at the museum shop. Find that perfect gift for family, friends, or just yourself, at the Museum Shop 2016 Holiday Sale. This shopping event offers discounts on the finest contemporary Native American artwork. Non-members will save 10% on most items* while IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) members save an additional 10% on purchases, for a total of 20% in savings. Complimentary…

Listen, Play, Learn!—Indigenous Comic Con Master Workshops at MoCNA

Thu, November 17, 2016, 9:00 am4:30 pm

The is the first-ever pop culture convention dedicated to exploring and showcasing Indigenous peoples in the worlds of mass media and popular culture. As part of the Indigenous Comic Con, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will host a day of master class workshops for students and emerging professionals on Thursday, November 17, in Santa Fe. This is an amazing opportunity for students and emerging professionals in the field of comic books and game design to work with…

MoCNA Skype with the Curators

Thu, November 10, 2016, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

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…

The MoCNA Reader—Monkey Beach

Fri, October 28, 2016, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

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…

Telling a Story: The Art of Cape Dorset—Panel

Sun, August 21, 2016, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in partnership with Dorset Fine Arts, brings together Inuit art professionals and collectors for a discussion about Inuit art from Cape Dorset. Located in the heart of the Canadian Arctic, Cape Dorset is widely recognized as the Capital of Inuit art. The region’s distinctive creative output—particularly in stonecut and lithography—is produced at Kinngait Studios, the oldest fine art print shop in Canada. While focusing on the celebrated history and enduring significance of the…

Exhibiting Culture—Panel

Sun, August 21, 2016, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Exhibiting Culture brings together artists, curators, museums, and universities to consider the future of presenting multiple voices and cultures in museums, galleries, educational institutions, and public spaces. This conversation explores how we indigenize and decolonize institutions, what should and should not be exhibited, models of collaboration and community participation, and ways to build powerful narratives around sensitive and contentious histories and objects. Join panelists Anchorage Museum Director Julie Decker, Artist Shan Goshorn, and Philbrook Museum of Art Curator of Native…

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series: Land Art—Film and Panel

Sat, August 20, 2016, 3:30 pm5:00 pm

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) has created a platform in the Southwest for Indigenous peoples to share knowledge and strategies for advancing tribal self-determination within an era of intense globalization. As part of this series, this panel will consider the impact of recent temporary land art installation Repellent Fence, the largest bi-national land art installation ever exhibited on the United States and Mexican border, near Douglas, Arizona. Excerpts of the film will be shown and Director and Producer…

Current Issues in Native Arts and Culture—Panel

Sat, August 20, 2016, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Director Patsy Phillips, Native Arts and Culture Foundation President and CEO Lulani Arquette, and Eiteljorg Museum Curator of Contemporary Art Jennifer Complo McNutt, and Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian Museum Programs Outreach Coordinator Keevin Lewis, for a discussion of current issues in Native arts and culture. Download and view the .

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain—Panel and Tour

Sat, August 20, 2016, 10:30 am12:00 pm

Moderated by Charles Froelick of the Froelick Gallery, please join Collector Bill Avery, Artist Joe Feddersen, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Executive Director Jill Hartz, and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art McCosh Associate Curator Danielle Knapp, as they discuss the impact of Rick Bartow on contemporary Native art. Born December 16, 1946, Rick Bartow passed April 2, 2016, due to heart disease. A tour of Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain will be led by Charles Froelick and…

Gallery Sessions

Sat, August 20, 2016, 9:15 am10:15 am

Join IAIA Archivist Ryan Flahive, Artist Eliza Naranjo Morse, and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Member and Program Manager Andrea R. Hanley in the museum galleries as they discuss current exhibitions and best practices. Introduction conducted by MoCNA Chief Curator Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man. Download and view the .

The Future of Native Storytelling—Sundance Institute Panel and Reception

Fri, August 19, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

This panel will center on the next generation of Native storytellers with members from New Mexico-based alumni of the Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab and Full Circle Fellowship. Participants will be discussing their journeys into storytelling and what the future holds for Native cinematic experiences. Featuring Native filmmakers Razelle Benally, Peshawn Bread, and Shandiin Tome. This panel is moderated by Sundance Institute Native American Indigenous Program Director Bird Runningwater. Download and view the .

2016 IAIA Alumni Lunch During Indian Market

Fri, August 19, 2016, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

This year’s IAIA Alumni lunch during Indian Market will take place on Friday, August 19, 2016, at 12 pm at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in downtown Santa Fe—mark your calendars! Last year we had over 45 alumni attend. IAIA Alumni during the 2015 Alumni lunch

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Summer/Fall Exhibitions—Opening Reception

Thu, August 18, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Opening reception for the 2016 Summer/Fall Exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and featuring DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit). Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain—A Retrospective Exhibition Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, the exhibition represents 40 years of work by the Native American artist. More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be on view in “Rick Bartow:…

Museum Shop 2016 Summer Sale (Day 2)

Sun, July 31, 2016, 12:00 pm5:00 pm

Find that perfect gift for family, friends, or just yourself at the Museum Shop 2016 Summer Sale. This shopping event offers discounts on the finest contemporary Native American artwork. Non-members will save 10% on most items* while IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) members save an additional 10% on purchases, for a total of 20% in savings. *Previously discounted items are ineligible for additional discounts. Photographic Views

Museum Store 2016 Summer Sale

Sat, July 30, 2016, 10:00 am5:00 pm

Find that perfect gift for family, friends, or just yourself at the Museum Store 2016 Summer Sale. This shopping event offers discounts on the finest contemporary Native American artwork. Non-members will save 10% on most items* while IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) members save an additional 10% on purchases, for a total of 20% in savings. *Previously discounted items are ineligible for additional discounts. Photographic Views

Migration towards Our Summer Camp, Pitseolak Ashoona (Inuit), Lithograph, 26”x 20”, 1904–1983

The MoCNA Reader—People from Our Side

Thu, July 14, 2016, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art’s (MoCNA) tri-monthly book club called, The MoCNA Reader. Inspired by our exhibition, Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait. The museum takes up People from Our Side: A Life Story with Photographs and Oral Biography by Peter Pitseolak and Ann Hanson. Peter Pitseolak (Inuit), the first native Baffin Island photographer, was born in the eastern Canadian Arctic in 1902. As a child he lived a traditional Inuit camp life that his ancestors had known, Pitseolak…

3rd Annual Family Day—Celebrate your Family at MoCNA

Sat, May 21, 2016, 12:00 pm3:00 pm

Families are invited to participate in art-making activities that highlight contemporary Native arts. The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) welcomes families with children of all ages. Programs are geared towards K–5. Schedule

2016 IAIA BFA Exhibition—Reception

Fri, May 13, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is proud to present the IAIA annual BFA graduating student exhibition. This year’s exhibition celebrates the class of 2015–2016 and showcases a diversity of styles that combine traditional skill with contemporary vision. These artists represent the future of Native art, charting a path for others to follow. Like all BFA exhibitions, there is a wealth of style and media on view. The wide-range of works selected by an esteemed jury include photography,…

2015 2nd Annual Interaction in Art or the Art of Ping Pong

3rd Annual Interaction in Art or the Art of Ping Pong™

Fri, April 29, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Interaction in Art or the Art of Ping Pong™ is inspired by the wildly popular brainchild of Arizona’s Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Arm Wrestling for Art. The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts invites community guests to learn about current exhibition artist, Eliza Naranjo Morse from New Mexico Museum of Art’s Chief Curator, Merry Scully, learn how to play ping pong™ from an expert, and then sweat it out to win an Eliza Naranjo Morse original work of…

IAIA A-i-R: Natalie Ball and Rory Wakemup—Talk

Fri, April 8, 2016, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and the Artists-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists Natalie Ball and Rory Wakemup as they discusses their residencies and art practice. Community lunch to follow artist talk. Free and open to the public. Flier for Talk Rory Wakemup Rory Wakemup (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015. He received his Master of Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. He received his Bachelor of…

The MoCNA Reader—A Book Club

Fri, March 18, 2016, 12:00 am1:30 pm

Inspired by our new exhibition, Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence. The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) takes up the new publication The Sound of Drums: A Memoir of Lloyd Kiva New, edited by IAIA Archivist, Ryan Flahive, which traces the life and career of Cherokee artist and educator Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New (1916–2002). Stop by and see Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence for inspiration and participate in a lively discussion on the new publication,…

IAIA A-i-R: Jonathan Thunder—Talk

Wed, March 16, 2016, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and the IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe) as he discusses his residency and art practice. Community lunch to follow after talk. Jonathan Thunder Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe) is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a BFA in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His…

Local Artist-in-Residence Heidi K. Brandow—Open Studio and Talk

Sat, March 5, 2016, 12:00 pm4:00 pm

Heidi Brandow, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) current Local Artist-in-Residence, will give a talk at 12 pm, her studio will be open to the public from 12–4 pm. Brandow is a Santa Fe painter and printmaker whose work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters that are often combined with words of poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians, and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and…

Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence—Opening Reception

Thu, February 18, 2016, 5:00 am7:00 pm

On the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Lloyd Kiva New’s Birth Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence celebrates the work of Cherokee artist and educator Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New (1916-2002). This exhibition observes New’s 100th birthday and draws on three major themes of his legacy, each tied to his innovative concepts in Native art and culturally-based education. Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence includes paintings by New from his personal collection, completed between 1938-1995, many never before…

Local Artist-in-Residence Heidi K. Brandow—Open Studio and Talk

Fri, December 18, 2015Mon, February 1, 2016

Every year, the Museum offers residencies to local artists working in any media. We are pleased to announce our current resident. Heidi K. Brandow, an artist living and working in Santa Fe, NM. Brandow is a painter and printmaker whose work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters that are often combined with words of poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers…

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts A-i-R Open Studio—Heidi K. Brandow

Thu, December 17, 2015, 10:00 am2:00 pm

Join Artist-In-Residence at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts artist Heidi K. Brandow at the MoCNA artist studio from December 17–19, 2015, from 10 am–2 pm. Heidi K. Brandow is a painter and printmaker whose work is often filled with whimsical characters and monsters that are often combined with words of poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians, and performers on her mother’s side as well as Diné storytellers and medicine…

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Nancy Blomberg Passes Away

It’s with heartfelt condolences that the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) shares the passing of Nancy Blomberg, the Denver Art museum’s Chief Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts.

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MoCNA Volunteer and Docent Training Program

MoCNA is seeking candidates for volunteer and docent training. The program will feature instruction in Native American art and the workings of a major museum that will enable successful participants to provide valuable services to visitors to the museum.

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MoCNA Celebrates Women’s History Month

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) recognizes Women’s History Month and honors contemporary Native and non-Native women artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, curators, art professionals, academics, and students who worked, exhibited, or presented at MoCNA in 2017.

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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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