Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Past Exhibitions

50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years»

August 17 - December 31, 2012;

“No matter what comes, we, the dreamers – the artists – will be needed more than ever . . . for it is we who will help give shape and form to the ever-changing image of Native American culture as it moves forward – just as our counter-part ancestors did a long time ago.” – […]

Mateo Romero: Red Meridian»

August 17 - December 31, 2012;

  Mateo Romero’s exhibition is loosely based on Standing Rock Sioux theologian and historian Vine Deloria’s idea of neo-tribalism, whereas the artist utilizes existing Indigenous ideologies with new symbols that replace pre-existing ones to create new meanings. Red Meridian incorporates a series of historic Pueblo ideologies, primarily Pueblo dancer figures, juxtaposed with pop like imagery […]

Jeff Kahm: Vernacular»

August 17 - December 31, 2012;

In the solo exhibition VERNACULAR, artist Jeff Kahm explores geometric structures, such as stripes, as an effective vehicle for exploring compositional variations. Kahm culls examples from all cultures to show that these forms played a major role in the geometric styles and development of aesthetics of early history and it is precisely in their use […]

Debra Yepa-Pappan: Dual(ing) Identities»

August 17 - December 31, 2012;

  This exhibition focuses on Debra Yepa-Pappan’s reflective group of works that explore her dual identities. Yepa-Pappan is of Jemez Pueblo and Korean heritage. Through this multilayered collection of work, Yepa-Pappan layers instances of history, pop culture, stereotypes, authenticity, family, her identity, and the urban environment together. Through her dual identities, she embraces change in […]

Billy Luther: GRAB-The Movie»

August 17 - December 31, 2012;

Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, whose people annually throw water and food items from the rooftop of a home to people standing below. A community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks, and renewal, Grab Day exists at the intersection of traditional Native and contemporary […]

alumnI alumnUS»

May 26 - July 31, 2012;

Self-portraiture is a universal theme in art making and a fitting one to celebrate art and the artists who developed their creative talents at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) over the past 50 years. alumnI alumnUS is a self-reflective exhibition intended to “give face” through personal representation of self and connection to community. […]

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