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Winter Exhibition Schedule 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts                







Wendy Ortega 

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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Winter Exhibition Schedule 2012


Santa Fe, NM – Five decades of art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has produced a large body of thought-provoking work. Beginning in January, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) offers five exhibitions in its Winter line-up featuring art from its vast national collection. 

“MoCNA rings in the New Year with new exhibitions showcasing IAIA alumni’s talent and contributions to the art world. Through these thoughtful and informative exhibitions, MoCNA challenges pre-conceived notions of what is expected from Native arts,” said Patsy Phillips, Director, MoCNA. “First up is an impressive collection of the work of Iroquois artists who attended the Institute from its beginnings in 1962. We hope the public will begin a journey with us through 50 years of IAIA and the unique perspectives of its students.” 


Jan 21 – July 31 

Joey David — Keeper of the Eastern Door
Under The Influence: Iroquois Artists at IAIA (1962-2012)

Curators: Ryan Rice and Colette Lemmon 

The Institute of American Indian Arts plays an important role in contributing to a growing Indigenous diaspora specifically through the creative process, instilling the spirit of a contemporary community while at the same time maintaining a deeper attachment to autonomy, home and nation each student arrives with. 

More than 150 Iroquois artists have attended IAIA since 1962. Many of these individuals have built distinguished careers upon the creative foundations provided by the Institute, bringing forth imaginative, articulate and eloquent visions. Under the Influence: Iroquois Artists at IAIA is a visual testament to the stimulating atmosphere of interchange and experimentation generated by the Institute on one of the most visible and cohesive indigenous groups in the northeast.

Selected works will map 50 years of artistic cultivation related to the IAIA. Together as members of the Iroquois Confederacy, a collective history continues to be affirmed and reexamined through symbolism, narrative, color, and form (contemporary and traditional) which situates this broad range of art in relation to an Iroquois worldview that includes themes shared by many Indigenous nations. Drawing from a rich expressive vocabulary, the exhibition is comprised of pottery, stone sculpture, photography, jewelry, painting, printmaking, installation, mixed and multi media works that convey strong visual statements on identity, as well as society, tradition, and survival — a stance both initiated and nurtured by the IAIA. 

Artists: Coleen Bins, Natasha Smoke Santiago, Brenda Hill, Tom Huff, Judy Jourdan, Sue Ellen Herne, alex Jacobs, Katsitsionni Fox, Beverly DeCouteau, Rose Kerstetter, Kenneth Metoxen, Ralph Cornelius, Preston Hill, Peter B. Jones, Fred Gonyea, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Dwayne Sylvester, Joey David, Steven Chrisjohn Sr., Julie Chrisjon Bush, Roger Perkins, Linley Logan, Randle Charles, Kenneth Williams, Dennis Williams, Jamison Chas Banks, Hoka Skenadore, Bruce King.


Jan 21 – March 31

Peter B. Jones–Last Dance

Peter B Jones: Prophecy

Peter B. Jones, an Onondaga master potter who works with both traditional and contemporary aesthetics, will present Prophecy, a timely exhibition pertaining to 2012 Indigenous prophecies and incorporating themes of ecology, creation, demise and the future according to Iroquois traditional teachings and other cultural beliefs. As one of IAIA’s first graduates, Jones will also initiate, through his exhibition, IAIA’s 50th Anniversary. 

The exhibition Prophecy is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


VISION Projections

The VISION Projections is a program of 4 short films by emerging directors Carey Tully,Dylan McLaughlinRyan Begay and Marcella Ernest, all of who have attended the IAIA. Artists bring to the screen, their interpretation of the concept “vision”. This project culminates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Vision Project, a Ford Foundation supported initiative to advance the dialogue on contemporary native art. 

The VISION Projections are generously supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.


Wendy Red Star–Rez Car
Wendy Red Star: Rez Car

Having grown up on the Crow Indian Reservation, artist Wendy Red Star always had a fondness for the broken down reservation cars that litter the landscape. Often these cars are viewed as blemishes that indicate laziness, poverty, and a deficiency in education. However, Red Star has come to recognize the abandoned vehicles as objects of beauty that represent a resilient and proud community that overcomes obstacles to keep its culture alive.




 Richard Glazer-Danay
Shake, Rattle & Roll

Richard Glazer Danay: Shake, Rattle & Roll

In the exhibition Shake, Rattle & Roll, Mohawk artist Richard Glazer Danay reflects upon traditional material culture and sources new materials to make rattles and its relevancy to culture and ceremony in the 21st century.  Rattles are instruments still employed in scared rituals among Native Americans and are commonly made from natural materials such as animal horns, bark, shell, bones, stones and gourds. At the beginning of the 19th century, man-made materials were integrated into the rattles — like the Calumet baking powder tin can that sometimes replaced traditional materials in function, not spirituality.  Glazer Danay mines discount stores and other places for ready-made objects he transforms into contemporary rattles as a means to recognize and revitalize tradition.  

Opening Reception for all exhibitions will take place on Friday, January 20, 2012 from 5pm-7pm. Artist talks with Richard Glazer Danay and Peter B Jones will take place on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2012. Time TBA. 



Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

108 Cathedral Place

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Info- 505-983-1666



Wednesday – Saturday 10 – 5 / Sunday 12 – 5 / Monday 10 – 5 / Closed on Tuesday

MoCNA galleries are closed from January 1-19; MoCNA store is open. MoCNA is located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico at 108 Cathedral Place. 


For more information about the exhibitions, please call 505.424.2351 or emailwortega@iaia.edu. For more information about IAIA, please visit www.iaia.edu.




The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection, acquisition, preservation, and interpretation. TheMoCNA is the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions devoted exclusively to the display of dynamic and diverse arts practices representative of Native North America.





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For 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a leading role in the direction and shape of Native expression. As it has grown and evolved into an internationally acclaimed College, MoCNA and Center for Lifelong Education, IAIA’s dedication to the study and advancement of Native Arts and Cultures is matched only by its commitment to student achievement and the preservation and progress of the communities they represent. 

Melissa Melero Willow and Bone

Thursday, December 29th, 2011