A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New
February 14, 2016 through December 30, 2016
“Indian art of the future will be in new forms, produced in new media and new technological methods. The end result will be as Indian as is the Indian.”
- Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New (Cherokee)
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lloyd Henri New’s birth, A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New is a mesmerizing look into a storied life. Coming from humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma, New became one of the first Native American artists to earn a degree in art education and receive personal recognition and success as an artist and designer – all of which led to his emergence as a pioneer in fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. New’s vision and leadership helped create new entities focused on advancing Native arts and culture (e.g., the Southwest Indian Art Project in the early 60’s). By instructing generations of young artists on how to bring their artistic processes and traditional culture together, they were able to map their own artistic path; a path that could resonate with their needs as creative individuals, members of their tribal communities and as contemporary artists.
A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New will open February 13, 2016. The exhibition will survey the lifespan and works of Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New using unprecedented access to his art, fabrics, fashion designs, photos, sketches, and archival documents. The exhibition consists of five sections: New Lands, Ancient Stories; Student and Teacher; An Artist at War; A New Enterprise/ Clothes Make the Man; New Horizons; and The New Legacy. It will highlight how the actions and innovations of New provided the foundation for today’s Native art in its new forms and media, to remain as Indian as the Indian, while visible and relevant on a global scale.
Wide Ruins to Red Lake: New Works by Melanie Yazzie
June 30, 2016 through June 30, 2017
The theme of homeland and the female archetype resonate through Melanie Yazzie’s storytelling artwork via images and symbols. The Navajo paradigm of world creation through thoughts motivates and grounds her work as an artist, teacher and member of the Navajo Nation. Travels to Siberia, New Zealand, France and the many Native nations within the United States influence her work and efforts to connect, educate and further dialogue of indigenous issues.
Into the Future: Cultural Power in Native American Art
July 17, 2016 through October 1, 2017
In contemporary art, Native American cultural power is located traditional forms, materials, and visual language, as well as the ancestral knowledge embedded in even the most contemporary artistic expressions. Into the Future: Cultural Power in Native American Art examines the ways Native artists have and continue to employ visual imagery in the formation, perpetuation, and expression of their unique cultures. The exhibition will include more than 200 works from MIAC’s collections, as well as borrowed works from artists and collectors. The artists tell their stories through mediums spanning a continuum from traditional pottery and weaving, to comics and video, and into cyberspace.
Diego Romero vs the End of Art
February 12, 2017 through January 1, 2018
For decades, California born Cochiti potter Diego Romero has created autobiographical artworks. Romero’s pieces encompass his Pueblo Indian history, his father’s Korean War stories, and his relationships with women, family, substances, and art. Diego’s work lays bare the life fantastic of one regular guy.