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Here, Now and Always: A Final Look

with Dr. Bruce Bernstein and Lillie Lane

January 26, 2020 2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Bowguard, pre-1932, Artist Unknown, Navajo Courtesy of John and Linda Comstock and the Abigail Van Vleck Charitable Trust, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, 10061/12 Photography by Addison Doty Navajo silverwork, with its characteristically bold design, is largely seen as emblematic of Native art in the Southwest. This bowguard was purchased for $5.00 by H. P. Mera, then-Director of the Laboratory of Anthropology, on a buying trip to the Navajo Nation in 1932. Cast silver with an open pattern of two opposing figures, the piece is centered with an oval turquoise stone. Four United States dimes, dated 1900, 1905, 1906, and 1917, anchor the sides.

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.

Necklace, c. 1930-1940
Santo Domingo Pueblo, Gift of Grace Bowman Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, 49213/12 Photography by Addison Doty Commonly known as a “Depression Era” necklace, this mosaic “thunderbird” pendant was made using both natural and artificial materials. During this time period, some materials may have been difficult to come by, so artists worked with repurposed items such as batteries, plastic, and phonograph records to continue their traditions. Portions of this necklace were made with commercial shell disc beads, while the turquoise is likely from the Cerrillos mines. The use of the term “Depression Era” largely neglects the ingenuity of the artists and the beauty of their work.