Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Upcoming Exhibitions

Anne & Loren Kieve Gallery + Fritz Scholder Gallery
An Evening Redness in the West
Curator: Candice Hopkins
August 21 – December 31, 2015

This group exhibition takes the idea of the Apocalypse and reimagines it. The fiction novel by Santa Fe author Cormac McCarthy, The Blood Meridian, which traces the violent journey of a ragtag group of men across the American West and Mexico, inspired the exhibition’s title. The end of the world, implied by the word Apocalypse, also carries with it the promise of a new one. Ornately beaded gas masks, other objects formed from the detritus of a collapsed society, intricate drawings of a human-less sci-fi landscape, monsters and other-worldy creatures, provide the materials and backdrop for this new world.

Artists include:  Joseph Tisiga (Yukon, Canada); Andrea Carlson (Minneapolis, MN); Naomi Bebo (Santa Fe, NM);
Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo, NM) & Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM); Shuvinai Ashoona (CapeDorset, Canada); Duane Linklater (North Bay, Canada); Jeffrey Gibson (Hudson, NY); Death Convention Singers (Grito Ruido, NM);
Scott Jones; and Norman Akers (Lawrence, KS).

About the curator:
Candice Hopkins, a citizen of the Carcross Tagish First Nation, is the Chief Curator at MoCNA. She has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre. Hopkins holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Hopkins’ writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, The Fillip Review, the National Museum of the American Indian, among other venues. She has lectured widely including at the Witte de With and Tate Modern. In 2012 she was invited to present a keynote lecture on the topic of the “sovereign imagination” for dOCUMENTA (13). Her recent curatorial projects include Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years co-curated with Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western;  Sakahàn, co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde at the National Gallery of Canada, and the 2014 SITE Santa Fe Biennial exhibition, and Unsettled Landscapes co-curated with Janet Dees, Irene Hofmann and Lucía Sanromán.

South Gallery
Meryl McMaster: Wanderings
Guest Curator: Jon Lockyer
August 21 to December 31, 2015

Meryl McMaster’s work demonstrates a continually evolving exploration of the artist’s own relationship to cultural and familial heritage within the larger framework of historical and contemporary Indigenous identities. As a person with both Indigenous and European familial lineages, McMaster treats identity subjectively, as something that is never complete, always in process, but invariably shaped by both internal and external factors and actions. Wandering, a new body of photo-based work, represents a new progression in the photo-based practice of Meryl McMaster. While previous bodies of work have established the artist’s occupation of two contrasting, but interrelated worlds, the work in Wandering takes aim at the personal journey McMaster has undertaken within these worlds.

About the artist:
Meryl McMaster is an Ontario-based artist and a BFA graduate from OCAD University, Toronto. She is the recipient of the Charles Pachter Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the Canon Canada Prize and the OCAD Medal. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States and has been acquired by various public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Eiteljorg Museum and the Donovan Collection.

About the curator:
Jon Lockyer is a curator, educator, and writer from Toronto, Ontario. Lockyer’s interest as a curator focuses on issues of social and political engagement, and that challenges the aesthetic and pedagogical boundaries of contemporary art. More specifically, Lockyer is interested in Indigenous art and curatorial practices that have originated in North America since the early 1960s. Lockyer received his BA from Trent University in Canadian Studies, and recently completed an MFA at OCAD University in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. He was an intern at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM), and previously worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON) and C Magazine. Lockyer currently lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he is the Director of Artspace.

Hall + Honor Galleries
Eve-Lauryn LaFountain: Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight)
August 21 to December 31, 2015
LaFountain’s work plays in the intersections of photography, film, and sound. Several works create her own ceremonies in order to understand traditions. She asks: “How do I, a contemporary mixed blood woman, hold onto heritage, learn my tribal language and connect with the ways my ancestors lived? I don’t have buffalo hides to make a tipi, but, as a filmmaker, I do have film. My fire is the flicker of a projector shining through the layers of an imposing culture, and through that gossamer I find glimmers of the ghosts I carry with me.” The series of photographs and short films explores how film captures movement, light, and spirits. To create the images, LaFountain performs dances with lights attached to her body for 4×5 and 16mm cameras. Captured in long exposures, these performances create ghostly images. Other images are taken from stills of 16mm films as well as multiple exposures of landscapes in which the movements of celestial bodies are traced on the film. What connects each work is their exploration of ceremony, dance, tradition, landscape, spirits, and light.

About the artist:
Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain is a Los Angeles based Jewish and Turtle Mountain Chippewa multimedia artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. LaFountain worked as the general operations manager of the Echo Park Film Center from 2009 to 2011, where she continues to teach film classes and curate screenings. Her films have been shown in festivals and venues across the country and abroad, including ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival in Toronto and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. LaFountain’s photography has shown extensively and has won numerous awards, such as the Ebner International Trophy and Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Classification. She holds a BA from Hampshire College where she studied experimental film, photography, and Native American Studies. In the spring of 2014 she received a dual MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Photography/Media and Film/Video.

Visions and Visionaries
Curator: Candice Hopkins
Kieve Family Gallery
August 21, 2015 – July 31, 2017

Inaugurating MoCNA’s new permanent collection gallery is the exhibition Visions and Visionaries curated by MoCNA, Chief Curator Candice Hopkins. Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, the works enable us to see the world through different eyes as well
as highlight the role of visionaries in IAIA’s history, who forged new paths that we continue to follow. Collections tell particular stories – in this case the development of Native art in the American southwest in the 1960s and its evolution into a national movement today. The collection is a testament to the continual risk-taking and innovation that has shaped IAIA, and in turn, MoCNA. The exhibition is divided into different “chapters,” Abstraction; Ways of Seeing; Politics and Perception; Realism and the Documentary Image. These different sections serve to frame the works, create new connections, and revise established artistic tropes and movements. Artists include: Larry Ahvakana; Marcus Amerman; Rudy Begay; Earl Biss; Parker Boyiddle; David Bradley; T.C. Cannon; George Crawford; Tracy Curley; Edgar Heap of Birds; Jonathan Bayer; Tom Fields; R.C. Gorman; Shan Goshorn; Tom Holmes; Peter B. Jones; John Koschman; James Lavadour; Jerry Lee; Everett Lincoln; Alice Loiselle; James Luna; Maria Martinez; Shelly McIntire; George Morrison; Shelley Niro; Elaine Rice; Kukulu Saggiaktok; Ishii Sakahaftewa; Randall Sahmie; Fritz Scholder; Michelle Stokes; Charles Tega; Evelyn Teton; Ango Tigalook; Fred Treas; Crystal Worl; Francis Yellow; and Alfred Young Man, among others.

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
Screening in Helen Hardin Media Gallery
August 21 – October 20, 2015

LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harrisand the role that she has played in Native and mainstream American history since the 1960s. Harris’s activism began inOklahoma, fighting segregation and assisting grassroots Native and women’s groups. She continued her work in Washington,
D.C. where she helped to introduce landmark programs and legislation including tribal land return claims, improving education and healthcare for Native Americans, ending job discrimination against women, and protecting environmental resources for tribes. Using interviews, archival footage and photographs, LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 celebrates her
life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and highlights her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging Native leaders around the world.

About the Director:
Julianna Brannum (Comanche) – Producer/Director, is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her first film, The Creek Runs Red, was selected to air in Fall 2007 on PBS’s national prime-time series, Independent Lens. In early 2008, she co-produced a feature-length documentary with Emmy Award-winning producer, Stanley Nelson for PBS’s We Shall Remain – a 5-part series on Native American history. The episode, “Wounded Knee,” chronicled the siege of Wounded Knee, SD in 1973 led by the American Indian Movement. In 2007,
Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow and has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative, National Geographic, ITVS, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, NAPT, and the Sundance Documentary Fund for her latest documentary LaDonna Harris: Indian 101. In April 2008, she was awarded a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute in support of the film. Ms. Brannum also spent 8 years working as a film programmer for AFI FEST, the Los Angeles Film
Festival and Film Independent (formerly IFP/Los Angeles) before producing programs for Discovery Channel, A&E, Bravo and PBS. Ms. Brannum is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.

The Influence & Art of Lloyd Kiva New
January 22 – July 31, 2016