Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Past Exhibitions

Dry Ice»

August 2, 2010 – January 2, 2011;

“Dry Ice” is a term that denotes frozen carbon dioxide, which, when taken out of a frigid environment, rapidly dissolves from a solid form into a gaseous state. In the context of this exhibition, it is meant to evoke the shifting significance of the Alaskan polar landscape in contemporary Alaska Native art.

Oblique Drift»

August 2, 2010 – January 2, 2011;

Alaskan artist Nicholas Galanin brings his transformative work to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, which extends from his series “The Imaginary Indian,” which juxtaposes manufactured Northwest Coast masks and French toile.

It Wasn’t The Dream of Golden Cities: Postcommodity»

August 2, 2010- January 2, 2011;

It Wasn’t The Dream of Golden Cities is a commissioned response to Santa Fe’s 400th celebration by Postcommodity an interdisciplinary Native arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee), Steven Yazzie (Laguna/Navajo) and Nathan Young (Delaware/Kiowa/Pawnee).

ROUND UP: Recent Video Work by Torry Mendoza»

August 2, 2010- January 2, 2011;

Video artist Torry Mendoza’s work centers on the re-appropriation and deconstruction of Native identity in popular culture. Through digital editing, re-presentations, and satirical juxtapositions, Mendoza challenges dominant society’s portrayal of Native Americans in order to call attention to the accepted perceptions of “Indigeneity.”

Vision Project Gallery presents: MATTERINGS»

August 2, 2010- January 2, 2011;

Artist Rose B. Simpson’s work in Matterings, curated by Michelle McGeough, inaugurates the MoCNA’s newly formed Vision Project Gallery, a new space dedicated to enhance the Vision Project’s goal of establishing an indigenous arts discourse that reflects the vibrancy and potency of the field at its most current level of activity.


August 2, 2010 – January 2, 2011;

The site specific new work Apaches and Angels by Douglas Miles and his crew Lynette Haozous, Rebekah Miles and Razelle Benally connect the universality of skateboard subculture to today’s Native youth and beyond.

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