Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Galleries

Lloyd Kiva New Gallery
Sponsored by The Martha Ann Healy Family Foundation Lloyd Kiva New
(1916 -2002) was born February 18, 1916 in Oklahoma, of Cherokee and
Scotch-Irish heritage. Kiva New graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in
1938 and later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked with Southwest Indian Arts Project at the University of Arizona and was a co-founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts.  Kiva New served as IAIA president from 1967 to 1978, and in many other important roles at the school through 2002. Lloyd recalled his mother with great affection and was inspired by the freedom and support she gave him to seek that which was in his heart and soul as a person, a Cherokee and an artist. He was a visionary in the fullest sense. He passed away in 2002.

Photo Credit unknown

Allan Houser Art Park Allan Houser (1914-1994), is one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the twentieth century. He was the son of Sam and Blossom Haozous from Fort Sill Apache, a Chiricahua Apache tribe in Oklahoma.  Houser left Oklahoma at the age of 20 to study at Dorothy Dunn’s Art Studio at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. A top student, Houser had a rich history upon which to draw and made hundreds of drawings and canvases. His primary skill as a draftsman is evident in the astounding volume of work that was left behind in the Allan Houser Archive, located at the Houser family compound and sculpture garden in southern Santa Fe County, New Mexico. With over 6,000 images left behind, one can trace the remarkable output and varied subject of an artist who began all of his creations, including paintings and sculptures, with the act of hand to paper. Houser was an instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Photo courtesy of the Allan Houser Foundation archives. Photographer unknown.
Fritz Scholder Gallery Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) born in 1937 in Breckenridge, Minnesota, was an enrolled member of the Luiseño tribe. A student of Oscar Howe, a noted Sioux artist, Scholder pursued his art career and graduated with a master of fine arts degree in 1964. His best-known works, recognized for their insight and powerful commentary on publicly held stereotypes of Native Americans, were what propelled Scholder into a position of prominence as an artist. Scholder was an instructor in advanced painting and contemporary art history at the Institute of American Indians Arts.

Photo courtesy Archives of IAIA. Photographer unknown.

Helen Hardin Gallery Helen Hardin / Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh (Little Standing Spruce) (1943-1984) was one of the most fascinating and engaging figures in the American Indian art world of the twentieth century. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of celebrated Santa Clara Pueblo artist, Pablita Velarde. Her art was one of definitive struggle: to capture, hold, and relish those aspects of her native heritage yet depart from the Santa Fe/Dorothy Dunn School. Her work was concerned with the intellectual and physical struggle of her very existence, the struggle of woman versus man, patron versus artist, Indian versus Anglo, tradition versus progression, an art of complexity and timeless beauty, a forward looking art yet rooted firmly in the ancient past.  Hardin died before her time of cancer in 1984.

Vision Project / Gallery

The Vision Project/Gallery is a newly dedicated exhibition space developed in conjunction with the MoCNA’s Vision Project – New Vocabulary in Native Arts Criticisms, a Ford Foundation funded initiative. The Vision Project/Gallery will enhance the current state of the field of contemporary Native arts by presenting solo exhibitions by artists who reflect the vibrancy and potency of our field at its most current level of activity.

Rental

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts offers a variety of spaces to make your next occasion unforgettable. The ability to rent space is a benefit of membership at the Benefactor ($1,000) level and above.

Bring a touch of elegance to your next special event. Centrally located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, MoCNA offers a variety of gathering spaces that are ideal for business meetings and dinners, cocktail parties, weddings and other special events. Guests may leisurely stroll through current exhibitions, visit the Allan Houser Art Park and enjoy all the amenities of downtown Santa Fe.

The museum offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that will accommodate most any occasion. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, MoCNA’s building reflects traditional Pueblo Revival architecture on the outside while featuring contemporary elegance throughout.

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Main Floor Galleries

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MoCNA First Floor