Events & Exhibitions

Events & Exhibitions

    

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7


Winter Traditions


A Community Holiday Celebration


1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

A special community holiday celebration featuring Native American storytelling, dance performance, and hands-on activities. Free admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14


"Wearable Art" Jewelry Lecture


Keri Ataumbi Discusses Her Work


1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

A multiple award winner at Indian Market and the Heard Museum Show, Keri Ataumbi will discuss her "wearable art" of silver and gold, often enhanced with precious and semi-precious gems, including turquoise.

Keri is of Kiowa and Italian heritage, and her work is steeped in both traditional and contemporary art streams. She creates jewelry based on a personal aesthetic of "content-based enquiry." As an example, some pieces have taken inspiration from the natural world and are enhanced with insects, plant life, or animals. Her eclectic, innovative, contemporary designs can be viewed not only as jewelry, but as stand alone art.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17


Let’s Take A Look


Curators Look at Your Treasures


12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them.

The event is always FREE and open to the public. Federal and State regulations prohibit the curators from appraising any artifact.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18


GranMary’s Place Storytelling


2:00 pm through 3:00 pm

GranMary’s Place is a storytelling program at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture that is dedicated to celebrating the memory of Docent Mary Sudbrink. Mary loved life, children, and telling stories to children visiting the Museum.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22


Countering Native American Stereotypes Lecture


With Erin Fehr (Yup’ik), Archivist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock


1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Erin Fehr (Yup’ik) presents an illustrated lecture drawn from the Hirschfelder-Molin Native American Stereotypes Collection at the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

"Noble Savages, Indian Princesses, Drunken Indians and Vanishing Americans: Resources for Countering Stereotypes and Prejudices," a lecture Fehr first delivered at the 2014 annual meeting of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, presents and examines just a few dozen of the 1500 objects collected over 40 years by scholars Arlene Hirschfelder, who worked at the Association on American Indian Affairs for 20+ years, and Paulette Fairbanks Molin (White Earth Ojibwe), the former director of American Indian Educational Opportunity Program at Hampton University.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19


Collector Helene Sage Presentation (FIA Event)


Helene Sage Shares Her Dazzling Native American Horse Gear Collection


5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FRIENDS OF INDIAN ART EVENT AND MEMBERSHIP IN FIA IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. CALL 505-982-6366 OR VISIT THE FIA SITE FOR MORE INFO.

Not only has Helene Sage had an illustrious career as a research scientist in cell biology, but she has also had a passion for horses from an early age. Sage has amassed one of the most distinguished collections of historical Native American horse gear and has written two books on the subject. She will share her immense knowledge and dazzle the FIA with beautiful examples from her own collection.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23


Forest Archaeologist Michael Bremer Lecture (FIA Event)


Northern Rio Grande Ancestral Pueblo World - A Historical Perspective


5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FRIENDS OF INDIAN ART EVENT AND MEMBERSHIP IN FIA IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. CALL 505-982-6366 OR VISIT THE FIA SITE FOR MORE INFO.

Forest Archaeologist Michael Bremer will provide insight and perspective into early Puebloan populations beginning in the 12th century. He will discuss the relationship of these people to the wild landscapes surrounding their developed communities and will share the similarities these communities ay have had with today’s management of wild land and its interface to adjacent large urban centers.

Currently with the Santa Fe National Forest, Mike is excited to share his perspective of the ways of native ancestral people with you!

THURSDAY, MAY 21


An Afternoon at the Pueblo of Pojoaque (FIA Event)


An Art & Culture Tour with Governor George Rivera



PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FRIENDS OF INDIAN ART EVENT AND MEMBERSHIP IN FIA IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. CALL 505-982-6366 OR VISIT THE FIA SITE FOR MORE INFO.

Spend an afternoon with the FIA and interntionally known Native American artist George Rivera. The afternoon begins with a private tour of the art collection at Buffalo Thunder, followed by a tour of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Rivera’s studio, where he creates his monumental stone and bronze sculptures. The trip wraps up with a visit to see his newest work at the Poeh Museum and Cultural Center, and will end back at Buffalo Thunder.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18


The Jewelry of Marvin & Marcus Slim, Isaiah Ortiz, and Joe & LeJeune Chavez (FIA Event)


Under the Portal


5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

THURSDAY, JULY 16


Visit the Home/Studio of Margarete Bagshaw (FIA Event)



PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FRIENDS OF INDIAN ART EVENT AND MEMBERSHIP IN FIA IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. CALL 505-982-6366 OR VISIT THE FIA SITE FOR MORE INFO.

Join the FIA for a rare opportunity to visit Margarete Bagshaw in her homw and studio. You’ll gain important insight into this important Native American artist’s work, which is highly recognized for its color, composition, and texture. Her monumental canvases honor her mother, Helen Hardin, and her grandmother, Pablita Velarde. The family is a testament to the place would hold in the world of art!

In addition to Margarete’s work, the private art collection she and her husband Dan McGuinness have built is not to be missed!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17


What’s Hiding in the Basement???


Behind the Scenes Tour at MIAC



PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FRIENDS OF INDIAN ART EVENT AND MEMBERSHIP IN FIA IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. CALL 505-982-6366 OR VISIT THE FIA SITE FOR MORE INFO.

FIA members are in for a rare treat with this event, which will take attendees behind the scenes to view a treasure trove of Native American art, culture, and history hiding in MIAC basement. Participants will meet with museum curators for coffee and croissants and then break into intimate groups to "go where few have gone before." Some great surprises await attendees in museum storage!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15


Rose B. Simpson – Thinking and Creating Outside the Box!


Friends of Indian Art



Friends of Indian Art (FIA) invites their members to a program presenting Rose B. Simpson, a native of Santa Clara Pueblo, who was raised among an extended family of artists. Her mother, Roxanne Swentzell, is a well-known Indigenous ceramic sculptor, and her father, Patrick Simpson, was a contemporary artist working in wood and metal. Rose’s artistic expression has taken forms including sculpting, printmaking, drama and creative writing, as well as music and dance. Being of both Indigenous and Anglo descent, her work often signifies the continual struggle between the two worlds many modern Indigenous people experience. Rose is currently studying Automotive Science at Northern New Mexico College and sees this path as her personal passion and new direction. Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.

Current Exhibitions

Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women

 

November 2, 2014 through October 19, 2015
First exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries   Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Nov. 2, 2014 and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists.  Most of the ten works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden. There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before

Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser

 

August 3, 2014 through June 1, 2015
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is proud to honor the hundreth birth year of Allan Houser with this exhibition of his sculptures and those of thirteen Native American artists whose lives he changed forever. Larry Ahvakana, Don Chunestudey, Cliff Fragua, Craig Dan Goseyun, Rollie Grandbois, Bob Haozous, Phillip Mangas Haozous, Doug Hyde, Oreland Joe, Tony Lee, Estella Loretto, Bill Prokopiof and Robert Shorty

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning

 

April 13, 2014 through May 2, 2016
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrate the stone’s use and its deep significance to the people of the region.  

Native American Portraits: Points of Inquiry

 

February 16, 2014 through January 5, 2015
More than 50 images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives  - along with contemporary images by Native photographers - document the changing perceptions of Native peoples over a span of almost 100 years.

Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest

 

September 29, 2013 through September 8, 2015
A celebration of sight, sound, and activity for visitors of all ages, Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest, opens Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Over 100 objects relating to Southwestern Native dance and music will be featured, including a flute made by Grammy award-winning artist Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Collectively used for indigenous ritual performance, the drums, flutes, rasps, rattles, and clothing featured in the exhibition convey a richly layered message. Music, too, is integral to the ceremony—it is more than accompaniment for the dancers; each song is a prayer providing a pathway to the here and now and to the worlds beyond. The opening on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities for the entire family, and refreshments provided by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.

The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery

 

on long-term display
The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.

Here, Now and Always

 

on long-term display
Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.