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Juxtaposition, Identity and Meaning Explored in MoCNA’s Four Fall Concurrent Solo Exhibitions»

Santa Fe, NM | Jul 13, 2012 –

For Debra Yepa-Pappan, her life is her art. Embracing her Native American and Asian background, Yepa-Pappan’s digital images and photographs disclose not only pieces of herself but the urban world around her. “I grew up in the city and my influences have been pop art,” she says of digitally mixing pink teepees and the iconic […]

Fifty Influential Artists Highlighted in New Museum of Contemporary Native Arts show»

Santa Fe, NM | Jun 7, 2012 –

In 1959, a successful Cherokee fashion designer in Scottsdale, Ariz., would organize an exploratory workshop for Native American arts and discuss its prospects. “The future of Indian art lies in the future, not the past-let’s stop looking backward for our standard of Indian art production,” Lloyd “Kiva” New said. “… Let’s be more concerned with […]

Vibrance, Abstracts and Satire in Artist Gerald Cournoyer’s Vision Quest at Lloyd Kiva New Gallery»

Santa Fe, NM | Jun 7, 2012 –

Although he started as a Ledger and portrait artist, Gerald Cournoyer has always used symbolism in his expression, in addition to drawing from his ancestry. “My paintings reflect cosmology of the Lakota Sioux people,” said Cournoyer, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, SD. “The symbolism of the geometric shape, color […]

Applauding Decades of IAIA Artists’ Influence and Growth in New Self-Portrait Alumni Show»

Santa Fe, NM | May 3, 2012 –

For the past 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has been the sole school in the country dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. As a right of passage, the work of graduating artists is featured in the college’s museum downtown. The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) supports and promotes […]

Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde Celebrates the Beast in Latest MoCNA Exhibition»

Santa Fe, NM | Apr 12, 2012 –

Growing up on the Onondaga Reservation in central New York, artist Frank Buffalo Hyde often watched the tribe’s bustling buffalo herd, occasionally helping corral a few of the powerful beasts. He recalls their cycle of life, especially this time when the spring calves are born. “It has always been a powerful image for me,” said […]

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