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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8

Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Clarence Cruz

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Please join us for our monthly Pueblo Pottery Series, this month featuring Clarence Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh). An assistant professor in the Art Department at UNM, he instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in pottery. He holds a BA and MFA from UNM in Studio Arts. 

 

Honored in 2012 with the "Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy Award" for Pueblo potters by the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, Cruz’s work is traditional, but he employs six different styles and raw materials that he gathers from several sites.

 


Through his work and continued education, Cruz has had the opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise with both Ohkay Owingeh and neighboring Pueblos, and looks forward to his demonstration at MIAC on January 8.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

Letís Take a Look!

Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, curators prefer to examine items from the Southwest, but they will look at anything you bring in for review.

 

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

MUSEUM CLOSED DUE TO SNOW


Due to the ongoing snowstorm, MIAC is closed on Friday. Please visit us Tuesday through Sunday another time!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

Canes of Power Film Screening

with Dr. Matthew Martinez

1:00 pm through 3:00 pm

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture announces a screening of Canes of Power. Following the film, a Q&A will be led by Dr. Matthew Martinez, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s deputy director, and associate producer of the film.

Canes of Power, narrated by Cherokee Actor Wes Studi – a recent Academy Award recipient – is the story of President Abraham Lincoln’s gift of engraved wood canes gifted to each of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo nations. The canes symbolized the recognition of tribal sovereignty at the very same time 13 Southern states were seeking their own sovereignty (in the form of succession) from the United States. 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

Here, Now and Always: A Final Look

with Dr. Bruce Bernstein and Lillie Lane

2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the popular permanent exhibition "Here, Now and Always" one last time before it closes for a $5M makeover on January 26.

 

A panel discussion led by Dr. Bruce Bernstein (former MIAC director), and Lillie Lane (Diné) - as well as Native co-curators of the original exhibit will be held at 2pm, with final tours of the exhibition offered at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm.

 

This is your last chance to see HNA until June 2021, so stop by and enjoy our celebration of the ground-breaking exhibit.

 

Admission to MIAC will be reduced accordingly during HNA’s closure.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest

with Dr. Joseph "Woody" Aguilar

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Join MIAC for this lecture by 2019 UPENN PhD Joseph "Woody" Aguilar, who explores the archaeology of the Southwest, with a specific focus on Spanish-Pueblo relations during the late 17th century. A collaborative research project with San Ildefonso Pueblo, his dissertation research examines Tewa resistance to the Spanish reconquest efforts in the latter part of the Pueblo Revolt era as evident in the archaeological, historical, and oral records. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Native Pottery Demonstration

with Helen Bird, Santo Domingo Pueblo

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Helen D. Bird is a self-taught master potter who learned about traditional pottery making by watching her great-aunt, whom she only knew as Sah’NaYa. Bird started experimenting with pottery making in 1984. Today, her work is sought by collectors and is housed in museums and local collections. Helen has also continued making utilitarian pottery as well as ceremonial pieces.

Bird was commissioned to create a Native American designed Starbucks travel mug which has been sold world-wide. Although Bird focuses on traditional Pueblo polychrome and micaceous pottery, she has recently added a contemporary flair to her traditional designs. 

Bird takes pride in gathering and processing all natural, local materials including the clays, temper and paints. Her pots are traditionally fired at her family home. All processes are being passed down to her children and grandchildren.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Lets Take a Look!

Curtors Examine Your Treasures

through 2:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, curators prefer to examine items from the Southwest, but they will look at anything you bring in for review.

 

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

Letís Tak a Look!

Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, curators prefer to examine items from the Southwest, but they will look at anything you bring in for review.

 

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

A Selection of Contemporary Native American Films

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening featuring one of the most progressive and dynamic Native art forms: Native cinema. As a multi-sensory art form, film affords artists unprecedented means of expression and Native artists have embraced these tools in innovative ways to tell stories that are uniquely Native. CINEDOOM is a traveling film series curated by award-winning Dine writer, director, and producer, Blackhorse Lowe. It is a selection of contemporary Native short films, featuring fictional and documentary works by both established and emerging filmmakers, with themes of identity, family, culture, and class.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

A Native Cuisine Tasting with Chefs Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us at the Hotel Santa Fe for a Native culinary tour with James Beard award-winning Kiowa chef and Southwest food historian, Lois Ellen Frank Ph.D, and acclaimed Diné chef, Walter Whitewater. Chefs Frank and Whitewater, of Red Mesa Cuisine, will present a talk on the history of the foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, followed by a canapé tasting refl ecting the fl avors of the region. Lois, who has spent 25 years documenting the foods and lifeways of Native American tribes in the Southwest, will introduce us to the “Magic Eight” ingredients that are central to Native cuisine and discuss the ways in which they have been utilized. Chef Walter Dominguez, of Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, will treat us to hors d’oeuvres featuring recipes from Chef Frank’s cookbook, which incorporate these ancestral ingredients with a modern twist. A truly educational and delicious evening! Due to the unique format/location of this event, a $25 fee per person will be required and there will be a cash bar.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

A Visit to King Galleries with Charles King

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Charles King is approaching his 25th year as a leading gallerist in Scottsdale, specializing in the highest quality and most innovative pueblo pottery. King Galleries represents many of today’s leading potters and Charles is known for his in-depth knowledge of the thought process and motivation behind every piece in the gallery. His most recent book, Spoken Through Clay, is already considered a must-have resource. Fortunately for us, Charles opened a sister gallery here in Santa Fe several years ago. As we approach the major art market season, Charles will give us a sneak peek of new trends, upcoming exhibits, and what to expect from both the familiar masters and the emerging new artists. And there may even be an opportunity to meet and mingle with some surprise guest artists!

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.

SATURDAY, MAY 23 through SUNDAY, MAY 24

Native Treasures Arts Festival

a MIAC Art Market Event

9:00 am through 5:00 pm

Please head to http://newmexicoculture.org/nativetreasures for all things Native Treasures!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

The Quilt Project: How Art Translates Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

The Red Quilt Solidarity Project (RQSP) is a national initiative to raise awareness of violence against women and children with a focus on Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The RQSP is open to all people who wish to speak out about violence against women and children all over the world. The RQSP was initiated by Tina Sparks as her BFA Senior Project at the Institute of American Indian Arts. The project was publicly launched in February, 2019, and has received numerous panel contributions from across the country. The intention for this project is to be a visual voice to evoke visibility, funding and change for issues surrounding violence against women and children. The long-term goal for the Red Quilt Solidarity Project is to transport and display the quilts/panels on the national mall in Washington, DC, much like the AIDS quilt in the 1980’s. Tonight’s event will be a collaborative presentation of information surrounding issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women initiating and inviting community conversation.

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 16

Young Artists Balancing Tradition with Contemporary Expression

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges and difficulties facing three young artists as they express their vision through contemporary art while honoring their heritage and culture.  Terran Last Gun (Blackfeet) works in printmaking, photography, and painting.  He is best known for his bold, geometric works that reflect his Blackfeet history and cultural narratives.  Del Curfman (Crow) is a painter known for his work with tribal imagery and cultural exploration.  He investigates his heritage, tradition and humanity through his oil paintings.  George Alexander (Muskogee) is an artist who has created a thought-provoking body of work influenced by his deep appreciation of his own culture.  The imagery he uses comes from his own ideas and how he views the world as he wishes it to be.

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.