Breakfast with the Curators
Breakfast with the Curators, a series of lectures and artists presentations, will be held over three weeks in August at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Museum Hill. This popular program provides an opportunity to meet and learn about Native American Artists and arts through talks, tours of our exhibits, or behind the scenes with MIAC curators, scholars and artists.
Reservations are required for all Breakfast with the Curators presentations and seating is limited. Please call the MIAC shop for tickets at 505-982-5057 or purchase in person in advance at the shop. (All topics subject to change, please call to confirm)
- 8:30-10:00 am
- Beginning with Breakfast at the New Museum Hill Café, followed by programs at the Museum.
- Cost is $35 per person, or $30 per person for MNMF members. (MNMF members attend all four breakfasts for $100).
- Museum admission included.
Below our 2012 program. Look for 2013 program coming soon...
Friday August 10- Breaking the Rules: Margarete Bagshaw
Breakfast with Margarete Bagshaw, modertist painter and artist, followed by a talk and tour of the stunning new retrospective exhibit featuring her large monumental canvases.
Tuesday August 14- Indian Market Legacies
Breakfast with Bruce Bernstein, Director of SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, followed by a talk about the artists who have had an indelible mark in the Native Art World and have advanced the understanding of Native arts and culture. Dr. Bernstein will sign copies of his new book, Santa Fe Indian Market: A history of Native arts and the marketplace, detailing the history of the world famous market. Books will be available for purchase at the breakfast.
Learn all about the history, splendor and future plans of the 91st Annual Santa Fe Indian Market with Dr. Bruce Bernstein. Prior to his current role as the Executive Director of SWAIA he was a long standing Board of Directors member (1990-1996 and 2002-2007) in addition to his volunteering as judge, evaluator, and receiver at the Santa Fe Indian Market for the past 25 years. He is a curator at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. From 1997 to 2005, Bernstein served as the Assistant Director for Cultural Resources at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Previously he was the Director and Chief Curator at Santa Fe's Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; his directorship oversaw the building and installation of the Bloch Wing and the permanent exhibition, "Here, Now and Always." He has also held positions at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the University of New Mexico's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. He has published and curated exhibitions widely on American Indian art
Friday August 17- Woven Identities: Basketry Art from the Collections
Breakfast with Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), award-winning basket maker, teacher, and activist along with Valerie Verzuh, MIAC exhibit curator, followed by a talk about native basketry of today, his contemporary pieces and the Tohono O’odham Community Action basketry co-op.
Terrol Dew Johnson, Tohono O'odham, started basketry weaving at the age of ten. He soon learned that he was a born natural and found that it was one of the few things in life that he found intrinsically effortless. He is now recognized as one of the top Native American basket weavers in the U.S.
Johnson has won major top awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, O’odham Tash (the Tohono O'odham annual festival held in February), the Heard Museum Indian Market, and the Southwest Museum’s Indian Art Fair. A number of prestigious museums and galleries have examples of his work for their collections, including a new acquisition for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
Friday August 24 – They Wove for Horses: Diné Saddle Blankets
Breakfast with Joyce Begay-Foss, Co-curator and MIAC Director of Education and well-known weaver, followed by a talk about the newest exhibit with a very special viewing of additional pieces not included in the exhibit.
Joyce Begay-Foss is an award-winning weaver and Director of Education for the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. An accomplished Navajo weaver for over 25 years, Begay-Foss has won numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, and the San Felipe Arts and Crafts Show. Begay-Foss began weaving when she was in her 20s. The touch, the sound and the movement of batten on wool connects her to the sheep, to the land and to her tradition. The Dine venerate their weavers. “I think there’s like a calmness to it for me,” she says. “When I weave, it’s like I go to another place". She draws on this expertise as a writer, instructor, and lecturer on traditional Native textiles and dying techniques.She is also a contributing author on weaving techniques, including “Spider Woman’s Gift: Nineteenth Century Dine Textiles”. She has been involved in addressing issues and concerns of intellectual and cultural property rights of the Southwestern Tribes, especially with Diné (Navajo) weavers.