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July 2010

Chihuly detail

Glass works by Dale Chihuly (detail). Photo courtesy Academic Travel Abroad.
seattletripdon't miss a september excursion to the pacific northwest!

IT IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to register for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' special travel program, Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest, September 8-12, 2010.

This cultural journey will treat guests to top notch accommodations in Seattle with unsurpassed access to downtown shopping, attractions, dining and the vibrant theater district. Highlights of this five-day adventure include exclusive behind-the-scenes entrée at Native art collections and special exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass.

In addition to the incredible museums, visits to preeminent Native institutions, fine art galleries and venues representing contemporary masters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are included. Evening occasions include exclusive receptions with curators and artists, and dinners at some of Seattle's hot spots.

Travelers will enjoy an extraordinary exhibit of work by Preston Singletary (Tlingit) as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio in Seattle. Visitors will also get to experience Dale Chihuly's 500 foot Bridge of Glass and his revered Boathouse. Additionally, a special trip to Evergreen College is scheduled, highlighted by a presentation by Longhouse Educational and Cultural Center Director Tina Kuckkahn who will then accompany guests to Squaxin Island for an exclusive tour of the local Native arts collection with a chance to meet the artists themselves.

The registration cut-off date is July 20, so reserve your spot right away. The cost -- $1995 (member rate) with a $100 non-members supplement -- is reasonable, and the value is exceptional, as you will have access to private collections, special exhibitions, educators, communities and artists that you simply could not have on your own. This trip is open to everyone, regardless of their affiliation with the Museum. You can view the complete trip itinerary online by clicking here.

To reserve your spot right now, click here to download the registration form, or contact the Museum's travel partner, Academic Travel Abroad at 1-800-556-7896 ext. 7357 or travel@academic-travel.com.

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Dennis Esquivel, Cumulus

Dennis Esquivel, Cumulus, Acrylic on wood, 25"x38"
esquiveljuly show features the past...and the present

AN ANNUAL EXHIBIT THAT CELEBRATES both historic and contemporary Native American artwork returns to the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery on July 16 and continues through August 14.

Cumulus, featuring new paintings by artist Dennis Esquivel (Ottowa/Chippewa/Mexican) will be offered alongside superb historic works including Pima, Apache, Yavapai, Pomo and Paiute baskets; and historic turquoise jewelry. Also on display is historic pottery by Mary Cain, Helen Naha, Blue Corn, Maria Martinez, and Lucy Lewis just to name a few. In addition, Navajo and Pueblo weavings and historic beadwork will be showcased.

Please join us for an opening reception at the Museum Store, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, July 16 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

As with all Store exhibits, art work is available for purchase, and proceeds support  the artists and the Museum. For more information, call 505.983.1666.

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Pilchuck Totem

The Pilchuck Founders' Totem Pole and two of the artists. Image courtesy of Pilchuck Glass School
pilchuckiaia supporters invited to pilchuck documentary screening at sofa west

FOR PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL'S 30TH anniversary in 2001, Haida carvers, artists and students from the Pacific Northwest and around the world collaborated to create a totem pole on the Pilchuck campus that represents the school's founders - and tells the story of the School. Preston Singletary, a glass artist of Tlingit heritage and a Pilchuck trustee, and David Svenson, a neon artist, Pilchuck instructor and carver in the Haida tradition, were instrumental in the inspiration and making of the totem pole using traditional Haida methods as well as glass art elements.

Legacy: The Pilchuck Founders' Totem Pole, a documentary about the creation of a wood and glass totem pole honoring Pilchuck Glass School's founders, artist Dale Chihuly and patrons John Hauberg and Anne Gould Hauberg, will be screened on Thursday, July 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in the O'Keeffe Room at the Santa Fe Convention Center and is part of the SOFA WEST: Santa Fe fair.

Preston Singletary will introduce the documentary and answer questions after the screening. This is the first time this inspiring film has been shown outside the Pacific Northwest, and all friends and supporters of IAIA and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are welcome to attend this special presentation. No reservations are required but you are encouraged to arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

Also, MoCNA still has SOFA West VIP passes available for its active members. These passes allow complimentary admission for two to the Opening Night Preview on Wednesday, July 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, complimentary admission to the fair July 8-11, and access to exclusive VIP events and the VIP Lounge, plus one complimentary catalog.
If you are a member and would like a VIP pass to SOFA West: Santa Fe, or if you would like to join the museum, please contact Guin White at membership@iaia.edu or 505.428.5909.

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Apache Skateboards: Lynnette Haozous (L) & Rebekah Miles (R)

Apaches and Angels artists, Lynette Haozous (L) and Rebekah Miles (R)
exhibitsthought-provoking, times six

IN AUGUST, THE MUSEUM OF Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) celebrates the reopening of its main galleries by mounting six extraordinary exhibitions. With themes centered on environment, cultural representation, economy, community and colonial centenary histories and celebrations, each promises to create a unique discourse between work and viewer.
A timely and engaging exhibition, Dry Ice explores the shifting significance of the Alaskan landscape in face of environmental change and the oil crisis interpreted through a variety of artwork, using styles and techniques from the traditional to the innovation, by nine Alaska Native artists: Brian Adams, Susie Bevins-Ericsen, Perry Eaton, Nicholas Galanin, Anna Hoover, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Erica Lord, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Larry McNeil. 

Oblique Drift is a solo exhibition featuring the work of artist Nicholas Galanin. A skilled carver, and mixed media artist, Galanin explores the dichotomy between the authentic and inauthentic by utilizing elements of photography, sculpture and installation as a means to negotiate concepts of interpretation, appropriation and a "cultural drift" that informs/has impacted an appreciation between traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast art. The exhibition reveals Galanin's desire for cultural continuity and reinforces the significance of art and culture, locally and globally. He states, "The real strength in survival of indigenous knowledge and culture lies within the ability to freely and creatively represent ourselves."
In the Helen Hardin Media Gallery, the exhibition Round Up focuses on the video works of Torry Mendoza who re-appropriates, deconstructs and challenges clichéd depictions of Native identity in popular media. Through digital editing, remixes and mash-ups, Mendoza calls attention to, and reverses, the socially accepted perceptions of "Indigeneity" and representation.
Artist Rose Simpson's work inaugurates MoCNA's newly formed Vision Project Gallery in Matterings, an exhibit featuring site-specific installation work. The Vision Project space is dedicated to enhancing the Project's goal of establishing an indigenous arts discourse that reflects the vibrancy and potency of the field at its most current level of activity and will present continually changing exhibits of work from artists affiliated with the Vision Project.
It Wasn't The Dream of Golden Cities is a commissioned response to Santa Fe's 400th celebration created by Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary American Indian arts collective working to advance Indigenous cultural self-determination and decolonize American geographies and narratives. The multifaceted exhibition utilizes elements of sound, video, performance, installation and sculpture to recount histories stimulated from the commoditization of cultural values.

Apaches and Angels is a site-specific work by Douglas Miles. Measuring 35' in length, the piece incorporates hand drawn, hand cut stencil works from Miles' Apache Skateboards Team. The installation also includes documentation of the Apache Skateboard Team by photographer Brendan Moore. In keeping with the tradition of working with new artists, Douglas Miles mentored emerging artists Lynette Haozous, Rebekah Miles and Razelle Benally; the artistic team who installed the work over four days.
The six exhibits run from August 2 until January 2, 2011, with a members' reception on Saturday, August 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (Members, please RSVP to membership@iaia.edu or 505.428.5909 if attending!) and a free public opening reception on Thursday, August 19, 2010, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, call 505.983.8900.
Dr. Arturo Ornelas

Dr. Arturo Ornelas, director of Centro de Desarollo Humano Hacia la Comunidad, where the curanderos teach and practice, participates in a morning blessing ritual during a "curanderismo" course. Photo by Eliseo "Cheo" Torres.
healerscuranderos share their gifts with santa fe

OVER FIFTEEN CURANDEROS, OR FOLK healers, will be traveling from Cuernavaca, Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico to be a part of the Indigenous Healers Festival hosted by the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Center for Lifelong Education.

Held on July 31 and August 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Lifelong Education conference center (83 Avan Nu Po Road), the festival will feature over 15 healers, Indigenous dance performances, arts and crafts vendors and food booths. The healers will offer holistic treatments rooted in the "curanderismo" tradition to attendees. Admission is $5 per person. Additional donations to the healers are also appreciated.

For more information about this event, please call Hayes Lewis at 505.424.5701 or email indigenoushealersfestival2010@gmail.com. For more information on the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Center for Lifelong Education, please visit www.iaia.edu. Maps and directions to IAIA are available at www.iaia.edu/map.php.

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Through 07/11/10
First Laugh,
celebrating Native American humor and tricksters

07/16/10 through 08/14/10
Annual Show of Historic Works and Cumulus by Dennis Esquivel

08/02/10 through 01/02/11
Dry Ice: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape
Oblique Drift: Nicholas Galanin
Round-UP: Recent Video Work by Torry Mendoza

It Wasn't the Dream of Golden Cities: Postcommodity Collective

Matterings: Rose Simpson
Apaches and Angels: Douglas Miles


07/16/10 4:00-7:00PM
Opening reception for Annual Historic Works Show and Cumulus exhibit by Dennis Esquivel

08/07/10 2:00-4:00PM
Members' reception and tour of new exhibits. Free to members; $10 for not-yet members.
Please RSVP, 505-428-5909 or membership@iaia.edu

08/18/10 4:00-5:30PM
Artists' reception for Postcommodity Collective

08/19/10 4:00-7:00PM
Artists' reception for Denise Wallace (annual jewelry showcase)

08/19/10 5:00-7:00PM

Public opening reception for new exhibits


09/08/10 - 09/12/10
Deadline to register is July 20!
Contemporary Native Arts of the Pacific Northwest Click here to download the registration form, or contact 1.800.556.7896 ext. 7357 or travel@academic-travel.com for more information

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The '80s: A Totally Rad Revolution, Annual benefit dinner and art auction, call 1.800.804.6423 for more info or to purchase tickets

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07/31/10 through 08/01/10

Indigenous Healers Festival

Call 505.424.5701 for more information


The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts' main galleries are temporarily closed until August 2, 2010, to accommodate the replacement of the Museum's roof and the move of its permanent collection. The Museum Store will remain open throughout. Store purchases are always tax free, and members receive a 10% discount. Click here to join the Museum.
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