News from MIAC/Lab

Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art
APRIL 11, 2016
Sponge Bob Square Pants, Pac Man, and Curious George, all sporting a particularly Native American twist, are just a few images from popular mainstream culture seen in the exhibition, Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art. Featuring nearly 100 objects by more than fifty artists from the museum’s collections as well as others borrowed from collectors and artists, the work on view in Into the Future will be in such various media as traditional clothing and jewelry, pottery and weaving, photography and video, through to comics, and on into cyberspace. The free to the public opening for Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is on July 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm and the show runs through October 22, 2017 .

Three Eminent Native Women Artists to be Honored at MIAC during Women’s History Month
MARCH 15, 2016
The lives and contributions of distinguished artists Margarete Bagshaw, Josephine Myers-Wapp, and Jeri Ah-be-hill will be celebrated at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture as part of Women’s History Month. The free with museum admission program will be on Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 4 pm. The legacies of Santa Clara artist Margarete Bagshaw, Comanche educator and master craftsperson Josephine Myers-Wapp, and Kiowa/Comanche arts dealer and arts educator Jeri Ah-be-hill, all recently deceased, have had a profound impact in the areas of Native American painting, textile and clothing design, as well as Native arts marketing. Each contributed to ensuring a vibrant future for indigenous arts and their presence in the field will be greatly missed. Join us to celebrate their lives with a free program featuring stories and a selection of short films presented by family members and colleagues. A reception follows the presentations.

Family Archaeology Sundays at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Geared to families, this series allows visitors to learn about ancient technologies and traditional arts developed by Native peoples thousands of years ago using the natural resources around them. All four programs are on Sundays at 1pm and free with museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID free on Sundays. Youth 16 and under and MNMF members always free. 710 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. For more information the public may call 505-476-1269 or visit

Multi-Venue Celebration of the Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New
JANUARY 8, 2016

Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time
JANUARY 2, 2016
For the first time in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time , large prints of Heisey’s stunning images will be paired directly with the Lindberghs’. The exhibition opens October 25, 2015 and runs through May 2017 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture . During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929. The exhibition comprises seventeen pairings of photographs.

JANUARY 1, 2015
Internationally collected and admired worldwide as a sculptor, painter, and teacher, Allan Houser (1914-1994) is back in the Santa Fe spotlight in a major way this summer on the 100 th anniversary of his birth. Five monumental artworks by the famed Chiricahua Apache sculptor will be displayed in the exhibit Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), accompanied by an assortment of life-size and monumental sculptures by notable artists who either studied with Houser at IAIA, worked with him at his studio, and/or were influenced by him. For high resolution media images please contact Steve Cantrell.

Indian Country, The Art of David Bradley
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture February 15, 2015 and runs through January 16 2016. On view will be 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works, and bronze sculptures. In Bradley’s narratives of Indian Country, Native people take center stage in world art and history. Through his artwork he challenges stereotypes about Native American people, places, and events we think we understand, revealing the indigenous experiences at the core of what it means to be American. 

The Laboratory of Anthropology Library holds its always anticipated 21st Book Sale
OCTOBER 14, 2014
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Laboratory of Anthropology (LOA) Library will hold its 21st book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16. Book sale times and admission fees are: Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $10; and 1 – 4 p.m., $1 Sunday, Nov. 16, Noon – 4 p.m., Free There are many books worthy of gracing any library, supplementing a collection or expanding one, such as the scarce, rare and first edition, finely printed and small literary press books on topics as diverse as the 1960s Beat Generation and Counter Culture movements, the Federal Writers’ Project/Works Progress Administration, Goreyana (Edward Gorey), as well as on New Mexico, Mexico, Spanish Colonial history and art, and on Central America.

Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women
OCTOBER 14, 2014
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

A Tribe Called Red in Concert on Museum Hill
AUGUST 14, 2014
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in collaboration with The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will present a live concert with acclaimed Native group, A Tribe Called Red. The three-man First Nation’s crew is one of Canada’s most prestigious groups. The event will be on Thursday, August 21 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology which is located on Museum Hill at 710 Camino Lejo, off Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, N.M. with free admission and doors opening at 8 p.m.

JANUARY 31, 2014
The photo show Native American Portraits: Points of Inquiry , which debuted at the New Mexico History Museum, moves to a gallery roughly double the size at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture on February 16, 2014, where the exhibition will be enlarged with about 10 more photos for a total of more than 75 historic and contemporary Native American Portraits.

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning
JANUARY 1, 2014
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning, opening April 13, 2014 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 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. People in the Southwest have used turquoise for jewelry and ceremonial purposes and traded valuable stones both within and outside the region for over a thousand years. Turquoise, Water, Sky presents hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrating how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. This comprehensive consideration of the stone runs through May 2 2016.