Nancy Blomberg Passes Away

Sep 17, 2018

Nancy Blomberg, photograph from the Denver Art Museum

Nancy Blomberg, photograph from the Denver Art Museum

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.

About Nancy Blomberg

Remembering a Museum Trailblazer and Thought Leader
by Christoph Heinrich, September 7, 2018, Denver Art Museum

It’s with the deepest grief that the Denver Art Museum family shares the passing of Nancy Blomberg, the museum’s Chief Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts. Nancy served in her curatorial role at the museum for more than 28 years, overseeing the American Indian, African, and Oceanic art collections. She was a wonderful colleague, with her reputation for flawless research, and innovative approaches to art display reaching coast to coast.

Nancy made it a priority for the DAM to work closely with members of Native American communities, and positioned the museum as a leader in the field of American Indian art with her collaborative implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Her planning of Artist’s Eye, Artist’s Hand: American Indian Art, the 2011 reinstallation of the DAM’s American Indian art galleries resulted in a fresh, artist-centric presentation that received the Outstanding Permanent Collection New Installation Award from the American Association of Curators (AAMC). Additionally, her innovative, colorful presentation of Navajo textiles in 2013’s Red, White and Bold: Masterworks of Navajo Design, 1840-1870, was honored in 2014 with the AAMC Award of Excellence for best art exhibition. Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion was the last exhibition she curated, along with Native arts curator John Lukavic and guest curator Russ Tallchief, at the Denver Art Museum in 2016.

Read the entire story at Denver Art Museum.

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