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March 2010

Will Wilson (Navajo), Auto Immune Response #6

Will Wilson (Navajo), Auto Immune Response #6 (detail), archival pigment print, 44x107
photographers explore notions of sovereignty and the native likeness

NATIVE PEOPLE HAVE OFTEN BEEN incorrectly portrayed or misrepresented entirely throughout the ages. In The Sovereign Image, a new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' Lloyd Kiva New Gallery and Museum Store, contemporary Native photographers will push the Native likeness forward, articulating the future of Native people using the power of their own image. The exhibit opened February 27 and will remain on display until April 11.

Participating artists include a mix of Institute of American Indian Arts students and alumni and both emerging and well-established artists: Rory Erler Wakemup (Anishinaabe), Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee), Dorothy Grandbois (Chippewa), John Hagen (Aleut), Jean LaRance (Little Shell Tribe of Montana), Jinniibaah Manuelito (Diné/Navajo), H. Clay Napie, Jr. (Diné), Cougar Vigil (Apache), Dina Velarde (Apache), Ben Calabaza (Santo Domingo Pueblo/Kewa), Tom Jones (Ho Chunk) and Will Wilson (Diné/Navajo)

Many of the artists have participated in art exhibits around the world. For instance, Tom Jones was one of two featured artists in Rendezvoused, an exhibit at the La Biennale di Venezia 53rd international arts exhibition in collaboration with the Department of European and Postcolonial Studies, University of Ca' Foscari, Venice. Shan Goshorn, has exhibited in York, England's Impression Gallery, New York City's American Indian Community House Gallery, the Franco-American Institute in Rennes, France, Beijing Jialuan Art Center, China, and the International Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Museum Store is located at 108 Cathedral Place, in downtown Santa Fe, NM. All work is available for purchase, and sales benefit the artists and the Museum. For more information about this event, call 505.983.1666. For more information about the Museum, visit www.iaiamuseum.org.

Kit Julianto, Paintingism (detail), 2009

Kit Julianto, Paintingism (detail), 2010
iaia graduates make a splash at the museum

SPLASH, THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN Indian Arts' 2010 BFA Exhibition opens March 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. The exhibit continues until May 13 and will close with a reception from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. that same day.
Guest curated by Sherry Farrell Racette (Timiskaming First Nation), a 2009-2010 scholar at the School for Advanced Research, this exhibit highlights the work of students receiving their bachelor of fine arts degrees from IAIA, including that of Kit Julianto, Sarah Ferber, Toneh Chuleewah, Amber Johnson, Dwayne Manuel, Elizabeth Smith, Joanne Morales, Megan Begay, Taylor Hurley and Natasha Wagner.

Farrell Racette says that SPLASH announces the arrival of emerging artists from the Institute of American Indian Arts. "Graduation from art school is a critical transition for emerging artists who shift from a supportive environment with access to technology and facilities to a tough, competitive milieu where each must rely on his or her own resources. As I listened to the students discuss their work at the senior painting critiques last December, the words of a Cree elder popped into my head. He used the metaphor of 'throwing the bear cub into the water' to discuss the transitions we are thrown into, the leaps of faith we must make if we are to leave places of comfort to take our place in a larger world." According to Farrell Racette, the show title also refers to the style of work included. "These artists splash paint, use bold color choices and construct imaginary worlds with fastidious detail."

Farrell Racette holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba, a MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Regina and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Native studies, anthropology and history from the University of Manitoba. She has worked extensively in museum collections, examining material culture as encoded objects that carry history, story and knowledge. Her particular interest is in revitalizing traditional art forms, and increasing the recognition and appreciation of contemporary traditional artists and their practice.

All are invited to the public opening reception on Friday, March 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. As well, a special closing reception will take place on Thursday, May 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All events take place at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Call 505.983.8900 for more information.

Native American Suicide Rates, ages 0-19, 1989-98
courtesy of IHS
workshop focuses on suicide prevention through cultural awareness

ON MARCH 16 AND 17, IAIA's Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) hosts the
Strengthening Tribal Communities Suicide Prevention Workshop.

This workshop's goal is to assist tribes and communities in suicide prevention and is open to mental health, behavioral health and education practitioners, as well as the general public.

Among the skills developed at the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Develop an awareness of tribal cultural perspectives of suicidal death
  • Identify local partners and mobilize resources
  • Examine responses to social pressures
  • Discover holistic methods of coping and healing from the grief
  • Become knowledgeable of "core principles" based on the work of Viktor Frankl
  • Understand emerging trends of violent individual and social behavior among youth
  • Develop an understanding of combat trauma and the needs of veterans
  • Recognize protective factors important in planning prevention and interventions for tribal and at-risk populations
  • And much more
Keynote speakers include Alex Pattakos, PhD, who is the Founder of the Center for Meaning in Santa Fe and author of the international best seller Prisoners of Our Thoughts. Also featured is Rick Thomas, M.S. (Santee Sioux), a Vietnam combat veteran, spiritual leader and co-founder of the "Red Road to Recovery." His work has spanned the spectrum of health and healing and includes cultural training for youth, elders, nursing associations, veterans, universities, prisons and Native American health care providers.

The workshop will take place at the CLE Building on IAIA's campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. The fee for participating is $50.00/person. Click
here to download the agenda and registration form, or for more information call 505.424.2387.

IAIA Work-Study Dylan Iron Shirt wraps textiles

IAIA Work/Study student Dylan Iron Shirt packs a Museum collection textile item
collection move underway with lots of help

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts is undertaking the monumental task of moving its 7500 piece collection, the National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art, to a new state of the art storage space; and it's already started.
Several works from the collection, including carved Katsinas, delicate clothing and woven textiles, have been moved into the Museum's main galleries after being thoroughly inspected and packed. Next week will include more of the same as well as a special volunteer training on Friday in preparation for the first transference of items later this month to the new facility at IAIA's campus.
Individuals and organizations have been assembled and will continue to be called upon to help complete the move. Volunteers are working alongside Museum and IAIA staff, students and faculty to ensure the safety and protection of the Museum's collection. All know the Institute's future depends--at least in part--on this collection's safe journey to its new home.
Many have signed up to help with the move as well as generously donating money and materials, and everyone at IAIA and the Museum wish to express their deepest gratitude for the support and assistance.

But there is still much to do. More volunteers are needed, particularly beginning in May, and about $200,000 in additional funds will be necessary to successfully move the collection and finish the new facility.

If you are interested in donating time, materials or money toward the collection move or just need more information about this or other Museum projects, please contact  Guin White at 505.428.5909 or membership@iaia.edu.

Brian Evenson, author

Brian Evenson, Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence at IAIA
award-winning author brian evenson reads at campus

ON MARCH 25 AT 7:00 PM, Brian Evenson, author of of ten books of fiction, will give a reading at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Evenson's most recent work, the limited edition novella Baby Leg, was published by New York Tyrant Press in 2009. The same year he also published the novel Last Days, which won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009,  and the story collection Fugue State, both of which were on Time Out New York's top books of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award.

Evenson is a Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence at IAIA. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and The Brotherhood of Mutilation. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet and others. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.

The reading will take place at the IAIA Campus, LTC Auditorium, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Call 505.424.2365 for more information.

Museum Staffer Shaun Beyale at Live PAINT!

Museum staffer and artist Shaun Beyale adds finishing touches to his piece at Live PAINT! Photo courtesy of Jessica Metcalfe
museum fundraiser re-energizes community, allows acquisition of new works

IT WAS A DAY THE MUSEUM of Contemporary Native Arts dubbed Under Construction: Live Paint!, where Institute of American Indian Arts students, alumni, faculty, staff and artist-friends transformed fresh, 20-by 20-inch canvases using only paints, their imaginations and the sounds of a DJ to inspire their unique works of art.

The art pieces produced from the event went on sale the following day through a silent auction in museum's main gallery where student-produced films also were  screened.

Almost 50 artists participated; and the event, along with the resulting works, created quite a buzz. All in all, Live PAINT! ended up raising nearly $5,000, half of which will go toward an acquisition fund so that the Museum can add some new IAIA student works to its permanent collection.

The Museum is extremely grateful to all who participated and attended. Ryan Rice, Museum Chief Curator said about the event, "Our goal was to raise awareness of the Museum while also raising some money and showcasing art and artists. I think we achieved all that, plus we reached a new audience and had a lot of fun in the process."

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Through 04/10/10
The Sovereign Image
Featuring contemporary Native photography and digital imagery

03/05/10 - 05/13/10

SPLASH! 2010 IAIA Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates' Exhibit
Guest curated by Sherry Farrell Racette
March 5, 5:00-7:00 PM: Public opening reception
May 13, 3:00-5:00 PM: Special closing reception

04/16/10 - 05/23/10
I Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me, a show dealing with arbitrary US-Canada and US-Mexico borders and their effect on tribal communities
April 16, 12:00-2:00 PM: Public opening reception

04/02/10  5:00 - 7:00PM

Book signing by Michael Sheyashe, author of Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study

04/27/10 2:30 PM
Mascots, Museums and Indian Identity - A Conversation Revisited with Suzan Harjo and Rick West, at IAIA's LTC auditorium, 83 Avan Nu Po Road

4/30/10-05/04/10 OR
Capture the Spirit of Native People and Lands, a Photographic Journey in the Southwest For more information, call 505.820.3305 or email info@sevendirections.net

09/08/10 - 09/13/10
Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest
Members get a discount, for more information, click here, call 1-800-556-7896 ext. 7357 or email travel@academic-travel.com

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Primitive Edge Gallery, 505.424.2361

04/01/10 - 04/22/10
Senior Thesis Exhibit

05/06/10 - 08/26/10
Student Summer Exhibit

03/25/10  7:00 PM
Reading by fiction writer Brian Evenson

04/01/10  2:30 PM
Public lecture by Michael Sheyashe, author of Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study

04/15/10  7:00 PM

Readings by Indigenous Siberian, Native American, and Alaska Native Authors including Yuri Vaella, Yeremei Aipin, Maria Vagatova. Sherwin Bitsui, d.g. nanouk okpik and Cathy Taganak Rexford

Call 505.424.2365 for more information about the IAIA reading series


IAIA Spring Homecoming Powwow

IAIA Commencement, details coming soon

Center for Lifelong Education Logo

03/15/10 - 03/17/10
Suicide Prevention Workshop
Call 505.424.2387 for information

06/09 and 06/11/10
Cultural Tourism Workshop: New Strategies for Tribal Tourism in an Economic Downturn