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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

Beading Demonstration #1

with Nina Sanders (Crow)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us for a final view of "Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West" and a beading demonstration by the talented Nina Sanders (Crow). Having worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the School for Advanced Research, and soon - as a curator at Chicago’s Field Museum, where she’ll work on decolonization and reinterpretation efforts for exhibits with Native American themes - Sanders is as popular an artist as she is an academic. She assisted curator Maxine McBrinn with the Stepping Out exhibition. 

As this is the first Sunday of the month, admission is free for all New Mexico residents!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Beading Demonstration #2

with Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Lakota Sioux)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us for a final view of "Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West" and a beading demonstration by the renowned Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Lakota Sioux). Recently featured by Vogue magazine with a pair of her popular beaded Vans sneakers, Holy Bear’s work is very collectible and in high demand. In addition to footwear, she also beads intricate dolls and creates beaded regalia for them to wear. 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Martha Romero (Nambe Pueblo)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Our popular Pueblo Pottery Series continues with Martha Romero (Nambe). Pueblo Pottery demos take place in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Buchsbaum Pottery Gallery. Don’t forget Wednesdays are free for seniors! 

A creative force in her life, Martha’s mother influenced her work from jewelry to pottery. She recalls her mother selling small drums, bears, and turtles under the Portal at the Palace of the Governors. "My heart has always belonged to my mother clay," she states. She has been working at the Poeh Center for 7 years and shows at Indian Market, MIAC’s Native Treasures, the Heard, and the New Mexico State Fair, where she’s won several prizes.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Holiday Ornament Workshop #1

Micaceous and Polymer Clay!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be using micaceous and polymer clay to create beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Holiday Ornament Workshop #2

Micaceous and Polymer Clay!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be using micaceous and polymer clay to create beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

Beading Demonstration #3

with Jhane Myers (Comanche / Blackfeet)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join MIAC’s own Jhane Myers for her beading demonstration. A popular dancer, jeweler, Comanche language consultant, and film producer, Jhane’s dolls are some of her most coveted work. See Jhane in action during this intimate setting and see how she brings beads to life.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

Holiday Ornament Workshop #3

Painted Gourds!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be painting gourds with artist Dominic Arquero (Cochiti Pueblo) to make beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

Holiday Ornament Workshop #4

Corn Husk Dolls!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be using micaceous and polymer clay to create beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

Museum Hill Holiday Stroll

MIAC Open House

4:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us for what we hope will become an annual tradition on Museum Hill!

From 4 to 7pm, MIAC welcomes you - and your friends and family - to the Holiday Stroll.

All museums on the Hill will be open; here’s what you can anticipate at MIAC.



  • Performances by the Tewa Women’s Choir (5pm and 6pm)

  • Relaxing piano music by Renata Yazzie (5:30pm and 6:30pm)

  • Jemez Pueblo Buffalo Dancers (4pm and 5:30pm)

  • Ornament workshop for the whole family (4pm - 7:00pm)

  • Late shopping in the MIAC Museum Shop (4pm - 7:00pm)

  • Uniquely MIAC holiday refreshments

Please revisit this listing closer to the event in case the program changes in any way. We look forward to your visit!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

GranMaryís Winter Storytelling Series

with Seidel Standing Elk (Northern Cheyenne)

2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us for our the first of our annual storytelling tradition. This session will feature Seidel Standing Elk, a talented author and artist. Mr. Standing Elk will run the program twice - once at 2pm, and again at 3pm. Choose either time!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

Pottery Demonstration Series

with Dina Velarde (Jicarilla Apache)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us as we continue our popular Pueblo pottery series, this month featuring Jicarilla Apache artist Dina Velarde. 

A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she received a BA in Museum Studies, Velarde parlayed her experiences into her position at MIAC (education assistant), which affords her the opportunity to work with schools and other youth groups visiting the museum. “My lifelong study of the arts has allowed me to come full circle,” says Velarde. “Working at MIAC, I am now able to assist in creating art projects intertwined with the teaching of Native history, while being surrounded and learning from museum professionals.”

Velarde’s specialty is micaceous pottery, ranging from light golden honey hues to rich dark black, all with the glistening mica specks that are enhanced with traditional firing. All her work is done by hand following the traditions of her ancestors.

Her work has no doubt benefited from her AA in Studio Arts, which included painting, drawing, and photography – her other specialty. “Growing up on the Jicarilla reservation, I always had an appreciation for art, much being encouraged by my grandmother, who did bead work and basketry,” says Velarde. “It wasn’t until much later that I would come to focus on micaceous pottery and photography.”

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

Letís Take a Look!

MIAC Curators Examine Your Treasures

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesay 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, they prefer items from the American Southwest (in keeping with the museum’s focus), but they will check out anything you bring in.

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources. For more information, visit this page: http://indianartsandculture.org/lets-take-a-look

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Ray Garcia (San Felipe Pueblo))

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Ray Garcia (or Rayduck) first learned about pottery from his grandmother, who he helped collect clay at the southern end of San Felipe Pueblo. Since then, he has gathered, processed, and created pottery with San Felipe clay. He began formal instruction from 2009 to 2012, under the instruction of Clarence Cruz at the Poeh Center in Pojoaque. While at the Poeh, he learned to gather, process, and make pots with micaceous clay. He also studied with Max D. Early of Laguna from 2012 to 2014 learning traditional methods of gathering clay and pottery making in Laguna Pueblo.

Since he is from both San Felipe and Santa Ana Pueblos, Garcia has begun to work with both styles in his painting and clay shaping.

Garcia has won various awards for both pottery and jewelry at the Heard Museum Indian Art Market in Phoenix; Red Earth Indian Art Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Indian Art Show, in Collinsville, Illinois; and the Artesian Arts Festival in Sulphur, Oklahoma. His work has also been shown at the Southwestern Indian Art Market in Tucson, Arizona; Indian Summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the Haskell Indian Art Market in Lawrence, Kansas.  

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Letís Take a Look!

MIAC Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesay 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, they prefer items from the American Southwest (in keeping with the museum’s focus), but they will check out anything you bring in.

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources. For more information, visit this page: http://indianartsandculture.org/lets-take-a-look

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 through TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

EXHIBITION OPENING!

Diego Romero Vs. the End of Art


Diego Romero vs. the End of Art will be a dynamic exploration of a Cochiti Pueblo artist’s journey through life as depicted through his work.  For decades, California born Cochiti potter Diego Romero has created renowned historical and autobiographical artworks. Acclaimed for his neo-Mimbres pottery illustrating Pueblo Indian history, his father’s Korean War stories, and his relationships with women, family, substances and art, Romero’s work lays bare the life of one Native artist and Native history.  The exhibition narrative will be a biographical and culture history in conjunction with a conflict against a shadowy figure known only as the End of Art. Throughout the exhibition video presentations will feature interviews with the artist and others detailing his path and the evolution of his art. This will be one of the largest assemblages of Romero’s ceramic works and his lesser known multi-media drawings. Per conversations with the artist, several family members will be included as part of his story and as necessary allies in his battle with the nebulous nemesis, the End of Art. In an effort to engage a younger audience and the non-traditional museum visitor, the catalog will be a hybrid of a traditional volume combined with elements of a graphic novel. This method will convey Romero’s stories of cultural and personal endurance. It is hoped that Native youth in particular will relate to their story through art.  The goals of this exhibition are to share Romero’s unique and engaging stories of life and struggle through a cultural and pop culture lens, and the visitor will learn of Native survival and ultimately celebration.