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January 2014

Sallyann Paschall and Alex J. Peña: The Place Between

Sat, January 25, 2014Mon, March 31, 2014
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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The two-person exhibition The Place Between draws from and expands upon the conceptual basis of the original multiple supported by the printmaking process and potential for creative manipulation to interpret a sense of place. Paschall’s approach utilizes a base of intaglio ImagOn and lithographic prints that include crystal forms found in the geologic minerals of Smoky Mountain and Oklahoma ore deposits. Peña likewise uses a variety of printmaking media and focuses on his conceptual notions of finding place in an…

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May 2014

Brandywine Workshop Collection

Sat, May 24, 2014Thu, July 31, 2014
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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The Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was founded to support the creation, documentation and preservation of a legacy of culturally diverse American art and ensuring the participation of multi-ethnic artists in the field of fine art printmaking and related media technologies. The organization recently donated a collection of works by Indigenous artists to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Natives Arts National Collection upholding the vision to establish satellite collections at public institutions across the country for preservation and exhibition. Image:…

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August 2014

Da–Ka–Xeen Mehner—Saligaaw (It Is Loud-Voiced)

Thu, August 21, 2014Wed, December 31, 2014
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Alaskan artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner celebrates the lasting and profound relationship between Tlingit language and song in the exhibition Saligaaw (it is loud-voiced). Like many Native American families, Mehner’s grandmother and grandfather were from a generation who were punished for speaking their language. Inspired by a collective tenacity of maintaining traditional language and song, Mehner’s installation combines hand-stretched drums and video projection as a means to keep tradition vitally intact. About the Artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner(Tlingit/N’ishga) uses the tools of family ancestry…

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January 2015

Chris Pappan: Account Past Due, Ledger Art and Beyond

Sat, January 24, 2015Tue, March 31, 2015
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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This exhibition, a mix of new and recent works, includes drawings and paintings in Chris Pappan’s signature style of contemporary ledger art. The mid 1800s saw the unprecedented expansion of the American empire, and with it, catastrophic changes for Indigenous people. Beginning in the 1860s, paper was introduced to the plains via ledger books and was quickly adapted for the visual recording of the tumultuous times of the people of the plains.  Pappan continues the tradition by portraying a skewed…

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April 2015

IAIA 2015 BFA Exhibition—Future Tellers

Sat, April 11, 2015Sat, May 16, 2015
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is proud to present the IAIA annual BFA graduating student exhibition. The exhibition celebrates the class of 2014–2015 and showcases a diversity of styles that combine traditional skill with contemporary vision. The 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, painting, sculpture,…

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May 2015

The Truth About Stories: Julie Buffalohead

Fri, May 15, 2015Fri, July 31, 2015
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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This exhibition is a collection of recent works on paper by Minneapolis-based artist Julie Buffalohead. Known for her deft use of allegory and archetype, Buffalohead’s narrative drawings are dreamscapes consisting of a rich cast of characters, trickster coyotes and rabbits as well as turtles, deer, birds, and rodents. In her works animals often take the form of humans and vice-versa. This fictional world is a means to engage with the very real ills of contemporary society such as the rise…

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August 2015

Meryl McMaster: Wanderings

Fri, August 21, 2015Thu, December 31, 2015
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Meryl McMaster’s work demonstrates a continually evolving exploration of the artist’s own relationship to cultural and familial heritage within the larger framework of historical and contemporary Indigenous identities. As a person with both Indigenous and European familial lineages, McMaster treats identity subjectively, as something that is never complete, always in process, but invariably shaped by both internal and external factors and actions. Wanderings, a new body of photo-based work, represents a new progression in her photo-based practice. While previous bodies…

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January 2016

Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait—Pitseolak Ashoona | Napachie Pootoogook | Annie Pootoogook

Fri, January 22, 2016Sat, December 31, 2016
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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A Portrait of Pitseolak by Annie Pootoogook, pencil crayon, ink, Inuit, Cape Dorset (2003/2004)

Loosely translated, the Inuktitut word Akunnittinni means “between us.” This exhibition chronicles a visual dialogue between an Inuk grandmother, mother, and daughter—Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983), Napachie Pootoogook (1938-2002), and Annie Pootoogook (1969- ). Their artworks provide a personal and cultural history of three generations of Inuit women whose art practices included autobiographic narratives and have chronicled intimate and sometimes harsh memories and historically resonant moments. The prints and drawings on view also include sardonic references to pop culture that now infuses…

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April 2016

2016 IAIA BFA Exhibition

Thu, April 7, 2016Sat, May 14, 2016
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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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,…

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May 2016

2016 IAIA BFA Exhibition—Reception

Fri, May 13, 2016, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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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,…

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January 2017

Athena LaTocha: Inside the Forces of Nature

Fri, January 20, 2017Sat, May 13, 2017
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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This solo exhibition showcases recent drawings and paintings by artist Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota and Ojibwe) based on her recent experiences in Santa Fe. Her contemporary landscape paintings focus on the dynamic gesture and atmosphere that recall nature’s powerful forces. LaTocha’s unorthodox approach to the subject ‘landscape’ involves personal memories and the use of unusual tools, techniques, and materials, resulting in intense, haunting images of nature scenes on a monumental scale. Her working method is based on indigenous perceptions of…

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February 2018

IAIA 2018 BFA Exhibition—Breaking Ground

Fri, February 9, 2018Sat, May 12, 2018
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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The Institute of America Indian Arts’s 2018 BFA thesis exhibition at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts showcases the diversity of work created by the artists trained at IAIA.

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August 2018

Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back

Wed, August 15, 2018Sun, January 27, 2019
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Holly Wilson: On Turtle’s Back

Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee) presents her new narrative works created in a variety of media including bronze, wood, and encaustic. Her figures serve as her storytellers to the world. They often resemble stick figures or animals with human characteristics.

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May 2019

Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada

Thu, May 30, 2019Sun, February 16, 2020
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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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.

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August 2019

Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada—Opening Reception

Fri, August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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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.

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Tour: Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada

Sat, August 17, 2019, 10:00 am10:30 am
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Join Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), curator of Sámi Intervention/Dáidda Gážada as she discusses this exhibition.

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March 2020

IAIA 2020 BFA Exhibition “Resistance Through Existence”

Fri, March 6, 2020Sun, May 17, 2020
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Eve Picher, Kali, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

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.

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IAIA 2020 BFA Exhibition “Resistance Through Existence”—Reception

Fri, March 6, 2020, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Free
Eve Picher, Kali, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

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.

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June 2020

Tom Jones: Strong Unrelenting Spirits

Thu, June 4, 2020Sun, March 28, 2021
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Strong Unrelenting Spirits features new works from Tom Jones’ series of portraits that are rooted in his Ho-Chunk identity.

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April 2021

IAIA 2020–2021 BFA Exhibition: Manifesting Our Destinies

Fri, April 23, 2021Sun, October 10, 2021
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Manifesting Our Destinies highlights artwork that reflects the diverse backgrounds of this year’s IAIA graduating BFA students.

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November 2021

IAIA 2021–2022 BFA Exhibition: We Went Wild

Fri, November 5, 2021Sun, January 30, 2022
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Jazmin Novak (Diné), Be Still, 2021, Bronze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 11 in., photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA

We Went Wild is an exhibition of emerging students in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) BFA programs.

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December 2021

“We Went Wild”—Panel Discussion

Tue, December 7, 2021, 4:00 pm5:00 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Jazmin Novak (Diné), Be Still, 2021, Bronze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 11 in., photograph by Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA

We Went Wild is an exhibition of emerging students in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) BFA programs.

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March 2022

IAIA 2021–2022 BFA Exhibition: Awakened Dreamscapes

Fri, March 11, 2022Sun, May 15, 2022
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Awakened Dreamscapes is an exhibition of emerging students in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) BFA programs.

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IAIA 2021–2022 BFA Exhibition: Awakened Dreamscapes—Opening Reception

Fri, March 11, 2022, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Awakened Dreamscapes is an exhibition of emerging students in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) BFA programs.

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June 2022

Athena LaTocha: Mesabi Redux

Fri, June 10, 2022Sun, December 25, 2022
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Athena LaTocha (Lakota and Ojibwe) created the works in her Mesabi series on-site at iron deposits in the Mesabi Mountain Range of northern Minnesota, which is known to the local Ojibwe as Misaabe-wajiw.”

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September 2022

The Stories We Carry

Fri, September 30, 2022Mon, September 29, 2025
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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The Stories We Carry features contemporary jewelry created by more than 100 Indigenous artists across decades stewarded by the MoCNA permanent collection.

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February 2023

Inherent Memory

Fri, February 24, 2023Sun, June 25, 2023
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Inherent Memory features contemporary Indigenous basketry-related art created by Indigenous women and nonbinary artists from California and the Great Basin, including painting, sculpture, multimedia, basketry, poetry, video, and photography.

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January 2024

Our Stories

Mon, January 1, 2024Mon, September 29, 2025
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Our Stories is a companion to The Stories We Carry exhibition, located adjacent to the Kieve Family Gallery.

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Our Stories—Virtual Exhibition

Mon, January 1, 2024Mon, December 31, 2035
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States

Our Stories is a companion to The Stories We Carry exhibition, located adjacent to the Kieve Family Gallery.

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February 2024

Womb of the Earth: Cosmovision of the Rainforest

Fri, February 2Fri, July 19
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Womb of the Earth: Cosmovision of the Rainforest gives Brazilian Indigenous female artists an opportunity to share their art with a wider audience and to voice their concern about challenges their communities face.

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Readings with Emerson, Blue Sky, and Taffa

Fri, February 16, 3:30 pm5:00 pm
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) South Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, 87501 United States
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Join MoCNA for readings with Ramona Emerson, Andrew Blue Sky, and Deborah Taffa.

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