Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


The edited volume Manifestations: New Native Arts Criticism addresses the most pressing concerns in the field of contemporary Native arts practice, including the nature of place, identity debates, pedagogy, vocabulary, professional standing, and our global presence. As the central training institution for emerging Native artists, poets, filmmakers and museum studies professionals nationally for the past fifty years, the Institute of American Indian Arts is the authority on Indigenous aesthetic practice in Native North America. Not since the Heard Museum’s 1992 Shared Visions has such a comprehensive survey of our field been attempted. A product of the Ford Foundation’s Advancing the Dialogue in Native Arts in Society initiative, IAIA’s Manifestations publication represents the most authoritative source for emerging dialogues on Native arts practices and concerns.

Manifestations will highlight the work and biographies of sixty contemporary Native artists who have made central contributions to the contemporary Native art field. The publication features sixty biographical essays by fourteen Indigenous authors (curators, art historians, anthropologists and academics), more than 100 full color reproductions four contextual essays by senior theorists and scholars; and forewords by the MoCNA Director, Patsy Phillips and the Vision Project manager, Will Wilson.

Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo is Manifestations senior editor.

Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism will be available in August of 2011

Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism, abstracts:

Invisible Forces of Change: United States Indian Policy and American Indian Art

Owning the Image: Indigenous Arts since 1992

Encoded Knowledge:  Memory and Objects in Contemporary Native American Arts

The First Wave…This Time Around