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Project Indigene

Powerhouse Collaboration of Santa Fe Art Institutions Explores Hot-Button Topics in Native and Indigenous Art

The richness of Native American and indigenous cultures, their unique languages, distinct arts and crafts, and cultural traditions handed down since pre-history remain vibrantly evident in Santa Fe. New Mexico’s capitol city is a veritable mecca, and perhaps one of the best places in the world, to explore the past, present, and future of Native American and indigenous art and culture.

The issues of authenticity, appropriation, activism, and artistic identity have plagued the Native art and culture community for decades. This year, eight dynamic Santa Fe cultural institutions have joined forces in a collaboration called Project Indigene to examine perspectives and create awareness of the complex problems facing Native art.

The collaborative partners include: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), the Museum of International Folk Art, the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, the School for Advanced Research (SAR), the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market), the Native Treasures Art Market, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

For more information on Project Indigene, nmculture.org/project indigene. The following exhibitions or major events at partnering institutions will be explored through the issues outlined through the project.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe

Without Boundaries is an exhibition that grew out of a series of Curated Conversations led by guest curator and artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs at the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska. Through July 29, 2018.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

The work of artists in MIAC’s permanent collection will be examined within the perimeters of the four themes mentioned above, including Nora Naranjo-Morse, whose work explores issues of environment, culture and the social practice of making art with community, and Mateo Romero, a writer, curator, educator, and painter whose narrative scenes deliver social commentary on the contemporary Rio Grande Pueblo world.

Museum of International Folk Art 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru is on exhibit through March 8, 2019. This is an important exhibition of contemporary folk art that expresses political, economic, and environmental ideas, and uses memory and heritage to forge the future.

Native Treasures Art Market Santa Fe Convention Center, 204 W. Marcy, Santa Fe

May 25–27, 2018. Many Native Treasures’ artists address hot-button issues through messaging in their art. Others produce unique art that continues to evolve their artistic identities. The work of Nocona Burgess (Comanche), and the 2018 MIAC Living Treasure Maria Samora (Taos Pueblo) will be examined.

School of Advanced Research (SAR) 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

For 40 years the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) on the SAR campus has served as a resource for scholars, artists, and the communities represented in the collection. In 2018 IARC hosts events celebrating the scholarship and achievements of our artist fellowship and intern programs, while honoring the living history and traditions of local Native American communities. The Indian Arts Research Center collections tours are Fridays at 2 p.m., all year and Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 p.m., June–September.

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts 1590 Pacheco Street, Santa Fe

The IMPRINT Exhibition Opens August 14, 5–7 p.m. and includes six leading Native printmakers: Eliza Naranjo Morse, Jamison Chas Banks, Jason Garcia (Okuu Pin), Terran Last Gun, Dakota Mace, and Jacob Meders. Coe curators Bess Murphy and Nina Sanders have spent the past year working collaboratively to build IMPRINT.

Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market), on the Santa Fe Plaza

The 97th Santa Fe Indian Market takes place August 18–19, 2018 providing a rare opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

On exhibit from May 13, 2018–October 7, 2018: Memory Weaving: Works by Melanie Yazzie will feature works on paper and sculptures by the prolific Navajo artist and educator. Peshlakai Vision will be on exhibit from May 13, 2018–October 7, 2018. It will be the first solo museum exhibition to honor master Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshlakai (born 1953, Fort Defiance, Arizona; Towering House Clan).

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