Happenings

See the latest news and happenings from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). You can also view the latest happenings at the Museum Store.

Happenings

List of Events

Mercedes Dorame: Instagram Takeover

Thu, October 22

MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art resident Mercedes Dorame (Tongva) will be taking over MoCNA’s Instagram for one day.

Luzene Hill: “Juxtaposed” Virtual Workshop

Tue, October 27, 5:30 pm6:45 pm

Join MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art resident Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee) for a virtual workshop.

Past Happenings

List of Events

Mercedes Dorame

Mercedes Dorame: Virtual Artist Talk

Wed, October 21, 5:30 pm6:30 pm

MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art resident Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee) will be taking over MoCNA’s Instagram for one day.

Luzene Hill: Instagram Takeover

Thu, October 15

MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art resident Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee) will be taking over MoCNA’s Instagram for one day.

Luzene Hill: Virtual Artist Talk

Wed, October 14, 5:30 pm6:30 pm

Join MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art resident Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee) for a presentation on her artistic practice.

Blood Memory: Virtual Screening and Presentation

Thu, September 24, 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Live virtual presentation with Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) and filmmaker Drew Nicholas.

Tamara Burgh, MoCNA, and form & concept

Sat, September 19, 10:00 am11:00 am

Video premiere on Facebook of fiber artist Tamara Burgh (Inupiat-Kawerak/Swede).

MoCNA #AskACurator

Wed, September 16, 2:00 pm3:00 pm

#AskACurator with Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man and Curator of Collections Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer.

Terran Kipp Last Gun

MoCNA Instagram Takeover: Terran Last Gun

Thu, September 3Fri, September 4

Visual artist and printmaker, Terran Last Gun (Piikani (Blackfeet)), will be taking over MoCNA’s Instagram.

Jeffrey Veregge: Virtual Artist Talk

Tue, June 9, 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Join us for the first of five artist talks in our “Indigenous Futurisms Virtual Series” with artist Jeffrey Veregge.

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Somebody’s Daughter—Special Showing

Fri, March 6, 5:30 pm6:30 pm

Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, some of which were raised during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in December 2018.

Eve Picher, Kali, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

IAIA 2020 BFA Exhibition “Resistance Through Existence”—Reception

Fri, March 6, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

The exhibition tackles a wide variety of topics ranging from the revitalization of tribal regalia and mask making to healing from traumatic events that happened as a result of European colonization.

Somebody’s Daughter movie poster

Somebody’s Daughter

Sun, February 16, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, some of which were raised during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in December 2018.

Somebody’s Daughter movie poster

Somebody’s Daughter

Sun, February 16, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, some of which were raised during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in December 2018.

Charlene Teters: Way of Sorrows—Reception

Thu, February 13, 4:30 pm7:00 pm

Way of Sorrows, a new installation by Charlene Teters (Spokane), addresses current issues such as forced migrations and the US-Mexico border crises, while asking questions about responsibility and identifying new myths.

Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future—Reception

Thu, February 13, 4:30 pm7:00 pm

Indigenous Futurisms highlights artworks that present the future from a Native perspective, and illustrates the use of cosmology and science as part of tribal oral history and ways of life.

G. Peter Jemison: Iroquois Creation Story—Reception

Thu, February 13, 4:30 pm7:00 pm

This exhibition features colored pencil drawings and 3-D works by renowned contemporary Native artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan) created in preparation for his film Iroquois Creation Story.

Amanda Beardsley: Future Vibes

Thu, February 13, 4:30 am7:00 pm

Future Vibes depicts young Pueblo women dancing into the future—to suggest that traditional knowledge continues into the present and future.

Free First Fridays at MoCNA

Fri, February 7, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join us on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 5–7 pm at the MoCNA for “Free First Fridays”—free admission to the Museum and hot cocoa.

Mix and Mingle at MoCNA—Learn about Volunteering

Wed, January 15, 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Join us Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 5–6:30 pm at the MoCNA to learn all about the Volunteer and Docent Training Opportunities for Spring 2020.

Free First Fridays at MoCNA

Fri, January 3, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join us on Friday, January 3, 2020, from 5–7 pm at the MoCNA for “Free First Fridays”—free admission to the Museum and hot cocoa.

Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium

Fri, September 20, 2019

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are co-sponsoring the Suzan Shown Harjo Symposium on September 20, 2019 at the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Joy Harjo: Reading and Reception

Sun, August 18, 2019, 1:00 pm3:00 pm

MoCNA and Collected Works Bookstore are co-presenting a reading and performance by Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek Nation), the first Native American to be appointed United States Poet Laureate.

Experimental exPRESSion: Panel Discussion

Sun, August 18, 2019, 11:00 am12:00 pm

The subject of this panel is Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980 , a new exhibition curated from a print collection recently donated MoCNA.

Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series: Reconciliation Panel Discussion and Performance

Sat, August 17, 2019, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

This panel, moderated by Reconciliation guest curator and former state historian Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, discusses Pueblo and Hispano artists’ responses to the aftermath of last year’s ending of “La Entrada”.

The Blessing: Film and Dialogue

Sat, August 17, 2019, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

The Blessing is a vital piece of modern Native storytelling. The film has some of the most unique and intimate views of life today on a reservation we’ve ever seen.

Painting and Driving: Axle Contemporary in Conversation with Steven Yazzie

Sat, August 17, 2019, 10:30 am11:30 am

Matthew Chase-Daniel from Axle Contemporary mobile gallery will interview Steven Yazzie (Navajo) about his Drawing and Driving performances.

Tour: Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada

Sat, August 17, 2019, 10:00 am10:30 am

Join Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), curator of Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada as she discusses this exhibition.

Gallery Session: Tour with Visual Voices Contemporary Chickasaw Artists

Sat, August 17, 2019, 9:00 am10:00 am

Join us for a gallery tour of Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art artists Kristen Dorsey, Brenda Kingery, and Dustin Mater.

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

Sat, August 17, 2019, 9:00 am5:00 pm

Featuring giveaways and live radio all day from KSFR 101.1 FM, Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) of Indigenous Foundation, will be live from the booth.

2019 IAIA Student and Recent Graduate Art Market

Sat, August 17, 2019Sun, August 18, 2019

Visitors will be able to purchase artwork by current Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students and recent graduates at this exclusive two-day art happening at MoCNA.

Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980 features fifty-one recently-acquired works on paper from the Tubis Print Collection.

Kristen Dorsey, What Fuels Leadership?, 2017 Series of 2 gorgets, silver, copper, black rhodiumplate, solar panel, leather, plastic, LED lights, batteries, 18 in. cord, 3.5 in. x 6 in. x 1 in.

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art presents thought provoking, experimental, and critical works by fifteen established and emerging artists whose art confirms a strong continuation of Chickasaw art practices.

Reconciliation—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Reconciliation responds to the transformation and last year's ending of “La Entrada” as part of the Santa Fe Fiestas. Recognizing the power of art to open dialogue toward reconciliation, the exhibition will serve as an expression of “post-entrada” creativity in Santa Fe and surrounding communities.

Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Through video and installation art, this exhibition creates a narrative of visual sovereignty and cultural and intellectual connections with contemporary Sámi, who are Indigenous peoples from parts of Norway, Sweden, and northern Finland.

2019 Indian Market at MoCNA (All Happenings)

Thu, August 15, 2019Sun, August 18, 2019

During the 2019 SWAIA Indian Market weekend, please visit IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) for its own special events Thursday, August 15–Sunday, August 18.

Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Cherokee and Creek), Tent Metaphor #2, 1997, Oil on canvass

Action + Activation: Art for a New Understanding—Panel Discussion

Thu, June 6, 2019, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Please join us for a dynamic discussion featuring artists from MoCNA’s newest exhibition, Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Dwayne Wilcox, Tiffany Adams, #NoFilter Reception, and MFA Reading

Fri, May 17, 2019, 4:00 pm7:30 pm

This event includes four components—a Gallery talk with Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota), a performance by Tiffany T. Adams (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe), a reading by MFA Creative Writing graduates, and the closing reception for #NoFilter: IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition.

2019 IAIA Graduating Senior Creative Writing Reading: Scribo Ergo Sum

Sat, May 4, 2019, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Graduating seniors Debbie Haddow, Damien Moore (Navajo), Chelsea Napper, and Matthew Robeck will be reading from original works in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Jewelry Workshop Remix: Brian Fleetwood

Thu, April 18, 2019, 1:00 pm3:30 pm

Due to overwhelming response to this workshop, please join artist Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek) in a second jewelry workshop, in which the artist will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process.

The Art and Aesthetics of Flies: A Seminar with Norman Maktima

Thu, April 4, 2019, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Join world class fisherman Norman Maktima (San Felipe/Laguna/Hopi) in a demonstration in the art and aesthetics of fly fish tying, in which Maktima will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process.

MoCNA Social Engagement Artist-in-Residence Talk

Wed, March 20, 2019, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join artists Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq and Athabascan) and Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) as they discuss their practice and their current Social Engagement Art Residency at MoCNA.

Kids’ Day at the Museum Store

Sat, March 9, 2019, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) book club as we welcome children (K-5) to the Museum. Join us for this fun-filled family event.

Monique Sol Sonoquie

IAIA A-i-R: Monique Sol Sonoquie—Brown Bag it with MoCNA

Thu, March 7, 2019, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artist Monique Sol Sonoquie (Chumash, Apache, Yaqui, Zapotec, Irish) as she discusses her art practice.

IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition #NoFilter—Opening Reception

Fri, February 15, 2019, 4:00 pm6:00 pm

#NoFilter: IAIA 2019 BFA Exhibition showcases the diversity of work being created by IAIA seniors trained in studio and cinematic arts. The selected works by these artists are grounded in ideas of personal, political, social, cultural, or historical import—and reflect an earnest exploration of the artists’s chosen media.

IAIA Creative Writing Reading—Hangry for Love

Sat, February 9, 2019, 7:00 am9:00 am

Please join IAIA Creative Writing faculty and students as they celebrate the month of love with a reading on Saturday, February 9, 2-4 pm in the MoCNA Project Lab. The event is free and open to the public.

Image courtesy of Brian Fleetwood

Jewelry Workshop: Brian Fleetwood

Thu, January 31, 2019, 1:00 pm3:30 pm

Join artist Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek) in a jewelry workshop, in which the artist will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process. This event is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $25 for materials.

Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now—Curators + Coffee

Sat, January 26, 2019, 10:30 am12:00 pm

Please join Curators Dr. Mindy N. Besaw, Candice Hopkins, and Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man for coffee and a dynamic discussion about MoCNA’s newest exhibition Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now.

Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now—Opening Reception

Fri, January 25, 2019, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Art for a New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950s to Now seeks to expand and reposition art in the U.S. and Canada since 1950. It is the first exhibition to chart the development of contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada.

Darren Vigil Gray

Darren Vigil Gray—Artist Talk and Performance

Sat, December 8, 2018, 1:30 pm4:00 pm

Join MoCNA exhibition artist Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa Apache) for a special holiday event. Gray will discuss his art practice and perform with his band the Righteous Renegades, an experimental jam band, as they bring in the holidays with a bang—Don’t miss the fun!

2018 Museum Store Holiday Sale

Sat, December 8, 2018Sun, December 9, 2018

Holiday shopping all weekend long at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store, which is offering discounts on the finest Native and Indigenous art. Museum members receive 20% off and non-members receive 10% off store purchases. Complimentary gift-wrapping, refreshments, and more—don’t miss this annual shopping event!

Shawna Shandiin Sunrise, photograph courtesy the artist

Nizhónígo Anílééh (Make it Beautiful)—Autumn Harvest Arrangement Workshop

Wed, December 5, 2018, 6:00 am8:00 am

Fall is here and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) has partnered with well-known Indigenous floral designer Shawna Shandiin Sunrise for a seasonal workshop. The workshop is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $25 for materials.

MoCNA/Skype™ with Artist Holly Wilson

Wed, November 28, 2018, 3:30 am4:30 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™.

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MoCNA Docent Training Program

Mon, October 15, 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 Volunteer Training Program

Mon, October 15, 2018Tue, November 6, 2018

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.

Lillian Pitt, image courtesy the artist

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

Wed, September 26, 2018, 6:00 am7:30 am

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, 2018, 5:00 am6:00 am

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, 2018, 9:00 am11:00 am

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, 2018, 7:00 am8:30 am

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, 2018, 3:00 am5:30 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, 2018, 3:00 am11:00 am

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

Fri, August 17, 2018Sun, August 19, 2018

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, 2018, 11:00 am12:15 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, 2018, 11:00 am1:00 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)

Wed, August 15, 2018Sun, August 19, 2018

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, 2018, 6:00 am7:30 am

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, 2018, 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, 2018, 8:00 am10:00 am

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, 2018, 6:00 am7:30 am

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, 2018, 7:00 am9:00 am

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, 2018, 6:00 am7:30 am

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, 2018, 12:15 pm1:30 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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.

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

Sat, February 10, 2018, 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, 2018, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Photograph not provided

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.

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