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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Here, Now and Always Permanent Exhibition Undergoes Upgrade

Black & white pot, Lisa and Harlan Reano.

In 2020, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) will reopen its permanent exhibition Here, Now and Always (HNA). This exhibit tells the story of indigenous people of the Southwest.While select rare signature objects will remain, approximately 80% of current HNA objects will be replaced with other, often never before seen, items from the museum’s extraordinary collections of some 75,000 cultural objects and more than eight million anthropological artifacts.

When MIAC embarked on this journey in 2014, it was widely understood that the museum needed to upgrade the gallery environment, return precious textiles damaged by overexposure to storage, and update the significant story of indigenous peoplesof the Southwest. Scores of tribal community consultations and gatherings later, MIAC’s very project development process for HNA has brought to light an even more significant outcome that will no doubt bring greater depth and beauty to the exhibition. The narrative that has come out of Here, Now and Always Renewal project is based on a process of telling and retelling stories of individuals and tribes of New Mexico during community dialogue sessions. Indeed, to represent this complex story that has now become the new exhibit text has been a process of facilitation and negotiation.

During the 2018 American Alliance of Museums Conference many sessions focused on museums as sites for community change andrevitalization. This exhibit project is doing just that for MIAC—it is revitalizing and securing MIAC’s presence within tribal communities so that the museum addresses the needs not only ofindigenous people of the state but also residents and tourists in a more effective manner. When diverse group of scholars and tribalcommunity experts are truly included in the development process, it demonstrates that MIAC is not mining them for information but rather is creating reciprocal relationships that allow the Museum to tell a more accurate, engaging, and hopefully respectful exhibit story.

For more information on the exhibit and a window into its unique
curatorial process, stay tuned for upcoming 2019–20 El Palacio series.

Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. , $7 for NM residents with ID, $12 for non-residents; free for children 6 and under. The First Sunday of each month is free for NM residents with ID. Wednesday are free for NM resident seniors (60+) with ID.

A special MIAC exhibition, Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art showcasing authentic historical Native artifacts alongside contemporary works of American IndianArt is located at Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida. The exhibition allows visitors to explore the artistry of American Indian Communities and learn about traditional Native influences.

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