Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

MoCNA 2013 Spring Exhibitions

Santa Fe, NM | Apr 10, 2013 –

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) celebrates the opening of its Spring 2013 Exhibitions with an extraordinary group exhibition – Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists, two solo exhibitions by multi-disciplinary artist Kade L. Twist and photographer Rosalie Favell, and daily screenings of the experimental documentary Apache Chronicle.

The exhibitions and documentary film open to the public on Saturday, May 25 and continues through July 31. The opening reception takes place on Friday, May 24 from 5 – 7 p.m. at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place. The opening is free and open to the public.

The exhibitions include:

Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists
Artists: Gina Adams, Natalie Ball, Lindsay Delaronde, Merritt Johnson, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Melanie Yazzie
Curator: Ryan Rice

Stands With A Fist is a multi-disciplinary art exhibition that is unique platform for cultivating, celebrating and declaring a continual presence of visual expression created by contemporary Native women artists. The exhibition demonstrates the ways that women boldly fit into, redefine, or turn upside down the usual categories of art and art-making, while re-interpreting and drawing from their rich cultural heritage. Collectively, their work expresses a unique Indigenous relationship to the land, contemporary worldview, and sense of obligation to their culture.

In bringing these artists together, Stands With A Fist bears witness to the strength of diverse cultural influences, individual experiences and the intellectual and creative activism expressed by Native women artists working today.

In conjunction with the Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists, MoCNA has commissioned artist Nanibah ‘Nani’ Chacon to create a new mural in the Allan Houser Art Park.

About the artists:

Melanie Yazzie is a printmaker, painter and sculptor whose work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. Ms. Yazzie has exhibited widely in more than 150 exhibitions in the United States and abroad. In October 2012, she was the artist in residence at Crow’s Shadow Institute in Pendleton, OR. Yazzie is an associate professor and head of printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Her work can always be found at the Glenn Green Gallery in Santa Fe.

Merritt Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist; working in painting, sculpture and performance. Her work grapples with marginalization from the perspective of an Indigenous woman; currently manifesting as an exploration of monsters, decoration and disguise.  Additionally, her practice considers material limitation, mediation of experience, clumsiness of being, and the meanness of survival. She exhibits, speaks, and performs in traditional and non-traditional venues across Turtle Island. Her work is included in private collections, as well as the permanent collect of the Birmingham Museum of Art. She has been published in Antennae The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, and Salish Seas (Talon Books). Based in East Harlem NY, of mixed Mohawk, Blackfoot and non-Indigenous descent, Johnson was born and raised in the Northeast. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art.

Gina Adams’ work focuses primarily on her mixed heritage of Ojibwe and Lakota, Native American, Lithuanian, and Irish bloodlines. She is currently completing a MFA at the University of Kansas. Her work involves much research and travel, where she places herself in landscapes that are both ancient and modern in sites among many, which include Chaco, NM, and Mesa Verde, CO. Important to her growth as an artist has been language immersion at Turtle Mountain Reservation, and working with Maori of New Zealand and the Aborigines of Australia. She has exhibited across the country, and is represented by Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, and the Flat Iron Gallery in Portland, ME.

Tanya Lukin Linklater originates from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in the Kodiak archipelago of southwestern Alaska. Based in northern Ontario, her practice spans experimental choreography, performance, installation, text, and video. Her work often engages with notions of revitalization through deconstructive and reconstructive performative practices. She also investigates processes of locating/excavating memory within the body, grappling with specific histories and images of the Eskimo, and mapping non-Alutiiq locations with markers of Alutiiq-ness. Tanya’s works have been performed/exhibited at VI Mostra Internacional de Videodanca Sao Carlos (Brasil), Latitude 53’s Visualeyez (Edmonton), grunt gallery (Vancouver), Culver Center of the Arts (California), Expanse Movement Arts Festival (Edmonton), Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery (Anchorage), and elsewhere. She studied at University of Alberta where she received a M.Ed. in 2003, and Stanford University where she received A.B. honors in 1998.

Lindsay Delaronde, a Mohawk woman, born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist who works in various media with an emphasis on printmaking. She constructs Indigenous perspectives within Western society to bring forth truth and reconciliation through the act of creation and visual understanding. She was commissioned to design a mural at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Delaronde obtained a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, followed by a MFA from the University of Victoria.

Natalie Ball is an emerging, Portland-based artist (Modoc/Klamath). Ball is the great great granddaughter of Kintpuash (Captain Jack). Her own genealogy informs her attempts to unsettle old foundations by loosening ideological attachments belonging to race and experience by moving history outside of hegemonic discourses. Her work invites participation in a new auto-ethnographic narrative, a new history and a new manifestation for a critical way to understand America. Ball holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon and a master’s in Maori and Indigenous Visual Arts from Massey University, New Zealand. She has exhibited in the US, New Zealand, and Europe.

Nanibah “Nani” Chacon is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist. She currently works out of her studio in downtown Albuquerque and resides in Albuquerque, NM. Chacon is most noted for her female figurative works, which utilize bold colors and an illustrative format to create commentary Native, Chicana and American culture. She uses an archetype of female characters to explore ideas of feminism, sexuality, form, shape, design, color, subtlety, softness and power, culture, traditionalism and modernism, encompassed in what could only be the attributes of a woman.


Rosalie Favell: Facing the Camera: The Santa Fe Suite

Métis artist Rosalie Favell’s series Facing the Camera (2008 – present) is a growing suite of photographic portraiture that documents individuals from a growing Indigenous arts community. Favell began the series after she realized that a document had not been made of individuals who make up the Native arts community. Through these images, Favell sees the photograph as a performance space, where identity is constantly worked and reworked, represented, and perhaps hidden. Favell states, “I use the portrait convention to acknowledge the agency of the individual in bringing together in a conscious and unconscious way, the numerous cultural and personal factors through which the sense of self is expressed.”

Facing The Camera: The “Santa Fe Suite” was realized through her residency with the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) in August 2012. At this time, she photographed artists and the arts community at the SFAI residency and at MoCNA’s artist studio during the annual Indian Market.

About the artist: Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose significant work has received international recognition for her mapping of self and community within a global society. She holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level including the Institute of American Indian Arts. She currently lives and works in Ottawa, Canada.  


Kade L. Twist: For Instance, Look at the Land Beneath Your Feet

Kade Twist’s solo exhibition, For Instance, Look at the Land Beneath Your Feet, examines the language and rhetoric of real estate, commerce, development and commodification of space within the context of the recent financial crisis. The media based work is comprised of a series of dialogues and monologues delivered by two real estate professionals. The installation explores linguistic synchronicities of volume, tone, lexicon, repetition and narrative, as well as physical synchronicities of gesture, expression, movement, composure, loss of composure. The installation comprises a metanarrative of place, value and identity within the vastly developing desert southwest, and builds from meditation into overlapping, interruptive cacophony, creating a symphony of voice, intonation and individual will.

About the artist: Kade L. Twist is a multi-disciplinary artist working with video, installation, sound and text. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self-determination. Twist is also a member of Postcommodity, a transdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Twist received his MFA in Intermedia from the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University. Twist is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.


Apache Chronicle
Directed by Nanna Dalunde in collaboration with Douglas Miles/Apache Skateboards
41 minute video

Apache Chronicle is an experimental documentary film about the life and art and the art of life of five bold women – Melissa Cody, Razelle Benally, Rebekah Miles, Lynnette Haozous,and Tasha Hastings – who are skateboarders and/or artists connected to the collective Apache Skateboards.

“The paint brush, the camera, the loom, – these are the new weapons.” – Lynette Haozous