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Navajo Astronomy with Gloria Begay

Second GranMaryís Program of 2016

2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Please note this program runs TWICE: first at 2pm and again at 3pm. Drop by for either one - your choice!

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.

And don’t forget, Sundays are free admission for New Mexico residents.


Exhibition Opening Celebration!

Join MIAC for the Opening of "A New Century"

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us for the opening of A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New.

An afternoon program is planned for Sunday, February 14 with the following events:

  • 1pm - Jemez Pueblo Buffalo dancers

  • 2pm - Panel on New’s work with Dr. Dave Warren, Dan Namingha, and Aysen New

  • 3pm - Jemez Pueblo Buffalo dancers

  • from 1 to 4pm - Informal Modeling of New’s designs, refreshements courtesy of the Women’s Board, and a family art activity

In brief, this exhibition surveysthe lifespan and works of Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New using unprecedented access to his art, fabrics, fashion designs, photos, sketches, and archival documents. The exhibition consists of five sections: New Lands, Ancient Stories; Student and Teacher; An Artist at War; A New Enterprise/ Clothes Make the Man; New Horizons; and The New Legacy. It will highlight how the actions and innovations of New provided the foundation for today’s Native art in its new forms and media, to remain as Indian as the Indian, while visible and relevant on a global scale.

For the full press release - which contains more information - go here.


Letís Take a Look

Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Last month’s LTAL was hopping! Get here early so you don’t have to wait in line to have MIAC’s curators examine your treasures. Stop by and learn something new about your heirlooms and collections, especially Southwestern Native American pieces.

Please note staff is prohibited from appraising items. This is a free program.


A Tour at IAIA, Institute of American Indian Arts

Friends of Indian Art

Join us for a Thursday afternoon tour of the stunning 140-acre campus of IAIA, the only 4-year degree fine arts institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaskan Native arts. The campus itself is a work of art. Graduates include Charles Loloma, Tony Abeyta, Dan Namingha, Frank Buffalo Hyde and David Bradley.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


ZoŽ Marieh Urness: Keeping the Traditions Alive

Friends of Indian Art

Zoë Marieh Urness is a Tlingit Alaskan and Cherokee Native whose photographic film portraits of modern Natives in traditional regalia and settings strongly emote the feeling – “We are here. And we are thriving through our traditions.” Zoe’s unique style fuses documentary and fine art, with her imagery reflecting the sensitivity and the ancestral strength of her subjects.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


Shawn Bluejacket-Roccamo: Jewelry with an International Flair

Friends of Indian Art

Shawn Bluejacket’s (Shawnee/Cherokee) jewelry is as diverse as her background. Her geologist father moved their family to New Zealand where Shawn grew up surrounded by Maori, Pacific Islanders, and European emigrees. These early influences are often translated into her work, which evokes multiculturalism and an ancient feel that is not readily apparent but is always subtly evident. She prefers the immediacy of fabrication to casting. Most of her jewelry is hollow formed out of 30-gauge sheet, which allows for architectural shape yet is lightweight for wearability.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


From Bar to Bench

Friends of Indian Art

David McElroy is a Santa Fe-based silversmith and member of the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. After practicing law for nearly two decades in a variety of fields, including criminal, Federal Indian, tribal and international corporate law, David gave up his legal career to move to Santa Fe and pursue art. Now working as a silversmith, he has traded life in the courtroom for life in the studio, making jewelry and other items in sterling, fine silver and gold, with a focus on hand-chasing and repoussé designs. David will talk about his career in Indian law as well as his transition to life as an artist.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


A Visit to the Home of Dr. Leticia Chambers

Friends of Indian Art

Dr. Chambers will welcome us to her beautiful home where she will lead a tour of her eclectic collection of contemporary sculpture and paintings. She will also speak about the role of the arts in sustaining and advancing American Indian cultures as well as her philosophy on the art of collecting. Dr. Chambers, a long time collector of American Indian art, is one of the founders and Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums, which has had a major influence in boosting professionalism in the field. She is also a former CEO of the Heard Museum.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


John Andrews: Making Sure No Wool Was Pulled Over His Eyes

Friends of Indian Art

John Andrews, owner of Native Jackets, will speak to us about the development of his business which began on the web in 1998 selling Indian blanket jackets. After meeting Mark Winter of Toadlena Trading Post, he saw that he could trust his eye and started investing more in Navajo rugs, Pueblo pottery, and Native baskets. Now native art sales exceed the jacket sales, and have for several years. John will show us beautiful tapestry weavings made by living master weavers, antique treasures, and Pendleton blankets.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


New Jewelry Galleries at the Wheelwright Museum

Friends of Indian Art

On June 7, 2015, the Wheelwright opened the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry. Please join us for a docent tour of the Martha Struever Gallery where work on display includes the Anderman/Gallegos collection of New Mexican filigree; jewelry and hollowware by masters including Kenneth Begay, Morris Robinson, Lewis Lomay, and Charles Loloma; and contemporary work by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird, Norbert Peshlaki, Perry Shorty, and many others.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.