Events & Exhibitions

Events & Exhibitions

    

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest

with Dr. Joseph "Woody" Aguilar

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Join MIAC for this lecture by 2019 UPENN PhD Joseph "Woody" Aguilar, who explores the archaeology of the Southwest, with a specific focus on Spanish-Pueblo relations during the late 17th century. A collaborative research project with San Ildefonso Pueblo, his dissertation research examines Tewa resistance to the Spanish reconquest efforts in the latter part of the Pueblo Revolt era as evident in the archaeological, historical, and oral records. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Letís Take a Look!

Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, curators prefer to examine items from the Southwest, but they will look at anything you bring in for review.

 

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Native Pottery Demonstration

with Helen Bird, Santo Domingo Pueblo

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Helen D. Bird is a self-taught master potter who learned about traditional pottery making by watching her great-aunt, whom she only knew as Sah’NaYa. Bird started experimenting with pottery making in 1984. Today, her work is sought by collectors and is housed in museums and local collections. Helen has also continued making utilitarian pottery as well as ceremonial pieces.

Bird was commissioned to create a Native American designed Starbucks travel mug which has been sold world-wide. Although Bird focuses on traditional Pueblo polychrome and micaceous pottery, she has recently added a contemporary flair to her traditional designs. 

Bird takes pride in gathering and processing all natural, local materials including the clays, temper and paints. Her pots are traditionally fired at her family home. All processes are being passed down to her children and grandchildren.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

Native Pottery Demonstration

with Dolores Lewis and Claudia Mitchell (Acoma Pueblo)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, March 11, for a special demonstration with Dolores Lewis and her niece, Claudia Mitchell (both Acoma Pueblo). Dolores began practicing pottery making early in her life while Claudia is a relative newcomer, having started in 2013. Both potters benefited from the instruction and assistance of Lucy Lewis, Dolores’s mother, an accomplished and renowned Acoma potter who Dolores credits with helping to show her the way and encouraging her to keep this art alive. Dolores helped Lucy wet burnish and white slip her pots with the rocks she continues to use. Dolores and Claudia are committed to using resources found only at Acoma Pueblo, from the clay to the paints, and the fine yucca tools used for decorating each piece. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

Letís Tak a Look!

Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, curators prefer to examine items from the Southwest, but they will look at anything you bring in for review.

 

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

A Selection of Contemporary Native American Films

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening featuring one of the most progressive and dynamic Native art forms: Native cinema. As a multi-sensory art form, film affords artists unprecedented means of expression and Native artists have embraced these tools in innovative ways to tell stories that are uniquely Native. CINEDOOM is a traveling film series curated by award-winning Dine writer, director, and producer, Blackhorse Lowe. It is a selection of contemporary Native short films, featuring fictional and documentary works by both established and emerging filmmakers, with themes of identity, family, culture, and class.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Opening of 2020 Living Treasure Kathleen Wallís

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Join us for the opening of MIAC’s 2020 Native Treasure Living Treasure exhibition, A Place in Clay, on Saturday, April 5. Jemez artist Kathleen Wall’s work will be displayed as part of her being honored as the Living Treasure.

"The Palate of my work reflects where I live," says Wall. "The Native cultures of my family and friends have always been my inspiration. The high desert surroundings, and the earth colors that surround me, are as much a part of me as they are a part of my art."

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Native Pottery Demonstration

with Karen Abeita (Hopi)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Karen has been a potter most of her life. A childhood friend - Fawn Navasie - was her teacher and taught her how to mold large pots, how to fire with sheep manure, and most importantly, how to respect the clay and always pray. Karen only uses a piece of gourd and her two hands to create her hand-coiled pottery. The painting is done with a brush made from the yucca plant. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

A Native Cuisine Tasting with Chefs Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us at the Hotel Santa Fe for a Native culinary tour with James Beard award-winning Kiowa chef and Southwest food historian, Lois Ellen Frank Ph.D, and acclaimed Diné chef, Walter Whitewater. Chefs Frank and Whitewater, of Red Mesa Cuisine, will present a talk on the history of the foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, followed by a canapé tasting refl ecting the fl avors of the region. Lois, who has spent 25 years documenting the foods and lifeways of Native American tribes in the Southwest, will introduce us to the “Magic Eight” ingredients that are central to Native cuisine and discuss the ways in which they have been utilized. Chef Walter Dominguez, of Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, will treat us to hors d’oeuvres featuring recipes from Chef Frank’s cookbook, which incorporate these ancestral ingredients with a modern twist. A truly educational and delicious evening! Due to the unique format/location of this event, a $25 fee per person will be required and there will be a cash bar.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Native Pottery Demonstration

with Timothy Edaakie (Zuni Pueblo)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Timothy explored working with clay during his high school years, though he didn’t work with it professionally until about a decade ago. By trial and error, he has learned how to replicate prehistoric and historic Zuni pottery and designs using traditional natural materials collected on the Zuni reservation: clay, pigments, and plants for paint. 

THURSDAY, MAY 14

A Visit to King Galleries with Charles King

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Charles King is approaching his 25th year as a leading gallerist in Scottsdale, specializing in the highest quality and most innovative pueblo pottery. King Galleries represents many of today’s leading potters and Charles is known for his in-depth knowledge of the thought process and motivation behind every piece in the gallery. His most recent book, Spoken Through Clay, is already considered a must-have resource. Fortunately for us, Charles opened a sister gallery here in Santa Fe several years ago. As we approach the major art market season, Charles will give us a sneak peek of new trends, upcoming exhibits, and what to expect from both the familiar masters and the emerging new artists. And there may even be an opportunity to meet and mingle with some surprise guest artists!

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.

FRIDAY, MAY 22

MIAC Living Treasures Celebration Gala

5:30 pm through 8:30 pm

Meet the 2020 MIAC Living Treasure, Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo), and mingle with former Living Treasure artists. Enjoy a live and silent art auction. For tickets, contact Celeste Guerrero at (505) 982-2282 or celeste@museumfoundation.org. Please note this event - honoring the current Living Treasure and past recipients - will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

SATURDAY, MAY 23 through SUNDAY, MAY 24

Native Treasures Arts Festival

a MIAC Art Market Event

9:00 am through 5:00 pm

Please head to http://newmexicoculture.org/nativetreasures for all things Native Treasures!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

The Quilt Project: How Art Translates Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

The Red Quilt Solidarity Project (RQSP) is a national initiative to raise awareness of violence against women and children with a focus on Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The RQSP is open to all people who wish to speak out about violence against women and children all over the world. The RQSP was initiated by Tina Sparks as her BFA Senior Project at the Institute of American Indian Arts. The project was publicly launched in February, 2019, and has received numerous panel contributions from across the country. The intention for this project is to be a visual voice to evoke visibility, funding and change for issues surrounding violence against women and children. The long-term goal for the Red Quilt Solidarity Project is to transport and display the quilts/panels on the national mall in Washington, DC, much like the AIDS quilt in the 1980’s. Tonight’s event will be a collaborative presentation of information surrounding issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women initiating and inviting community conversation.

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 16

Young Artists Balancing Tradition with Contemporary Expression

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges and difficulties facing three young artists as they express their vision through contemporary art while honoring their heritage and culture.  Terran Last Gun (Blackfeet) works in printmaking, photography, and painting.  He is best known for his bold, geometric works that reflect his Blackfeet history and cultural narratives.  Del Curfman (Crow) is a painter known for his work with tribal imagery and cultural exploration.  He investigates his heritage, tradition and humanity through his oil paintings.  George Alexander (Muskogee) is an artist who has created a thought-provoking body of work influenced by his deep appreciation of his own culture.  The imagery he uses comes from his own ideas and how he views the world as he wishes it to be.

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

The Artist as Collector: A Visit to the San Ildefonso Home of Russell Sanchez

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

3:00 pm through 5:00 pm

Russell Sanchez is a very familiar and lauded name to Native art collectors, most recently taking home the Best of Pottery award at 2019 Indian Market. But you may not know that he is a wide-ranging art collector himself. His historic adobe home sits right on the main plaza of San Ildefonso Pueblo, but he has continued to add on to the space over the years to house his growing art collection. From stunning Venetian chandeliers, to folk art from the around the world, to a wide range of Native art, Russell’s eclectic tastes and interests are on full display at his unique home. Hear how he approaches collecting art from the perspective of being an artist himself. 

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

New Technology in Art: Innovation at the Institute of American Indian Arts

A Friends of Indian Art Member Event

3:00 pm through 5:00 pm

Innovation has been a tradition in Native arts from the very beginning. Indigenous cultures have adopted whatever materials or technologies have been available to speak about the things those cultures held most important. From pre-contact ceramic work and shell carving, to the use of trade-beads and European metalworking technologies, to our current era of digital design and fabrication, Native artists have embraced the most current and cutting edge tools to create works of art that speak to the issues that face their people. The Digital Fabrication Lab at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in coordination with its other studios, is working to put those tools into the hands of the next generation of innovative Indigenous artists. The work being produced in conjunction with the IAIA FabLab, from students, staff, faculty, and artists-in-residence, spans an incredibly diverse set of materials, topics, and practices, continuing the long and storied tradition of artistic innovation in Native art. We will hear from Brian Fleetwood (Muscogee/Creek), Assistant Professor in Studio Art at IAIA. 

Please note that you must be a member of the Friends of Indian Art in order to participate in FIA events. You can learn more about about joining the friends group by visiting its page on the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s website.