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November 2010

IAIA's Digital Dome

IAIA's one-of-a-kind digital dome celebrates its grand opening at the open house on 11/05/10. Photo courtesy of Ethan Bach.
openhouseopen house celebrates creative, cutting edge facilities

THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN Arts (IAIA) invites the public to a free open house on Friday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on its campus located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico (only a few minutes south of the Santa Fe Community College). IAIA's Board of Trustees will give introductions at the science and technology building at 3:30 p.m. Visitors will then be encouraged to take guided tours of campus to see art demonstrations, view new, state of the art equipment and studios, screen Native produced films and more!

In addition to the campus tours, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be open late, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Robert Martin, President of IAIA, is hopeful that Santa Fe will embrace this chance to visit the campus. "Our 140 acre campus is a Santa Fe resource, with cutting-edge technology, superb art studios and classroom space-all in a stunning setting. I hope visitors will join us to see our new, expanded classroom and studio spaces and equipment, including the brand new digital dome-which Santa Fe can proudly say is the only one of its kind in the country! These enhanced spaces will be sure to impact students in a positive way for years to come."

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White Shell Water Place by Richard Sanchez

White Shell Water Place edited by Richard Sanchez, from Sunstone Press
firstfridaysnative american anthology debuts at mocna's premiere 'first friday'

BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2010, THE Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be closed one day a week on Tuesdays. However, MoCNA will stay open from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and offer free general admission the first Friday of every month starting this Friday, November 5, 2010, to allow more visitors to take advantage of its six groundbreaking exhibits and gorgeous store.

As well, on November 5 refreshments will be served in celebration of IAIA's Open House and also in honor of the release of the the official Santa Fe 400th Native American anthology. White Shell Water Place from Sunstone Press, featuring Native American authors' ideas, opinions and perspectives of Santa Fe's 400th anniversary of its founding in 1610, will be introduced at a special event at 5:00 p.m. at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This anthology features the writings of ten Native American authors using their own voice and preferred writing styles that are not necessarily in accord with western academic and writing conventions. The book includes a traditional Native blessing by N. Scott Momaday and a study guide for teachers and students.

One cannot truly contemplate the history and culture of Santa Fe without the voices of the Native Americans-the original inhabitants of Po'oge, White Shell Water Place. As F. Richard Sanchez, the editor of the book, expresses in his introduction, "Much of Santa Fe's story is conveyed from a western colonial perspective, which, until fairly recently, has predominantly relegated Native Americans to the fringes...This anthology is a ceremony of Native voices, a gathering of Native people offering scholarly dialogue, personal points of view, and stories regarding the pre and post-historical and cultural foundations of Santa Fe."

MoCNA's hours are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays and on the following major holidays: Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, New Year's day and Easter Sunday.

For more information, please call 505.428.5909.

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Apache Skateboards by Douglas Miles

Douglas Miles, Apache Skateboards. Image courtesy of Dianne Stromberg
dougmilesdouglas miles' latest work highlighted in new exhibit

THE LLOYD KIVA NEW GALLERY AT the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will premier a new show from Douglas Miles entitled Apache Skateboards on Friday, November 5, 2010 with a free reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

San Carlos Apache/Akimel O'odham graphic artist, Douglas Miles connects the universality of mainstream skateboard culture to today's Indian youth. His graphic imagery of Apache warriors and contemporary "Rez" portraits brings a Native aesthetic and sensibility to the skateboard culture. The Apache Skateboards break through a seemingly closed mainstream boundary, reasserting and affirming Indian youth's presence in the mainstream culture of today.

Be sure to also catch Miles' exhibition, Apaches and Angels, a site-specific work on display through January 2, 2011, in MoCNA's south hallway gallery that incorporates hand drawn, hand cut stencil works and was installed over four days in July.

Apache Skateboards will remain up through November 28, 2010, at the MoCNA Store's Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Work from the show is available for purchase, and proceeds benefit the artist and the museum.

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Marcia Smith, Raven & I, White Sands

Marcia Smith, Raven & I, White Sands

thesiscollege gallery showcases seniors' artistic progress

IAIA's PRIMITIVE EDGE GALLERY INVITES the public to come see what Kenneth Peshlakai, Ahren Polar and Marcia Smith have been working on over their academic careers.

As part of their graduating requirements, senior thesis students put their work on display in a semi-annual senior thesis exhibition. The fall semester show runs from November 10, 2010 through November 24, 2010. A free opening reception is scheduled on Thursday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Primitive Edge is located in the Academic Building at IAIA's campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (Click here for a map).

For more information, call 505.424.5745.

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Apache artist Torry Mendoza

Video artist Torry Mendoza. Photo courtesy of the artist.

mendozavideo artist talks about his process at a free lecture

JOIN US AT MOCNA FOR a talk with Mescalero Apache video artist Torry Mendoza on November 13, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Mendoza's work centers on the re-appropriation and deconstruction of Aboriginal identity in popular culture. Through digital editing, re-presentations, and satirical juxtapositions, he challenges dominant society's portrayal of Native Americans in order to call attention to the accepted perceptions of Indigeneity. Mendoza's work is presently featured in Round-Up, a video exhibition on display until January 2, 2011, at MoCNA.

Mendoza completed his formal art instruction at Munson-Williams-Proctor-Institute School of Art (now Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor) in Utica, New York and his undergraduate study in 2002 with a BFA in film and a BA in studio arts (photography) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received an MFA in film from Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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This free artist talk will take place at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico (Click here for a map).

For more information, please call 505.428.5922

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Jessica Metcalfe

IAIA faculty member Dr. Jessica Metcalfe. Photo courtesy of Ms. Metcalfe.

metcalfeprivate practice lecture series continues with a tribute to lloyd kiva new

PRIVATE PRACTICE IS A LECTURE series featuring artist presentations, readings, academic research and focusing on the diversity of IAIA faculty and staff. This unique occasion offers the Santa Fe public a peek into IAIA's creative and academic community by recognizing and supporting the work of IAIA faculty and staff beyond the classroom, studio, desk and/or office.

Join Dr. Jessica Metcalfe on November 14, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for "The History of Native Fashion at IAIA: Creative Adaptations of Age-Old Practices, Rebellious Fashion Statements, and Powerful Performances of Indianness."

The Institute of American Indian Arts incorporated clothing and textile courses into their curriculum since the school's inception in 1962. IAIA's design program, which may count among the most significant fashion curricula in the U.S., has never been fully researched and acknowledged for its valuable contribution to the fashion world. This presentation, which explores the textile and fashion program that emerged at IAIA in Santa Fe in the 1960s, fills this hole in our knowledge.

This story begins with IAIA co-founder Lloyd Kiva New, who was a successful fashion designer in Scottsdale in the 1940s and 1950, and follows through with important figures such as Josephine Wapp, Wendy Ponca, Marcus Amerman, Patricia Michaels, and Pilar Agoyo - all of whom play an important role in bridging the well-documented Native clothing design of the late 1800s with current design, and link mainstream fashion with Native couture. An influential institution, IAIA has produced some of the most avant-garde of contemporary Native designers.

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This free lecture takes place at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (Click here for a map).

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American Indian Story-The Adventures of Sha'kona by Jana Mashonee

American Indian Story - The Adventures of Sha'kona by Jana Mashonee and Stephen Gallos
janamashoneeamerican indian story singer/author to visit museum

LUMBEE/TUSCARORA SINGER, SONGWRITER, ACTRESS and author, Jana Mashonee will be at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) later this month to sign copies of her new book, American Indian Story - The Adventures of Sha'kona.

Since the 2006 release of her GRAMMY-nominated concept album, American Indian Story, the inspiration for her book, Mashonee has not had a moment's rest. Amidst her demanding touring schedule which has taken her to 48 states as well as Europe and Canada, she found time to shoot a video for American Indian Story's first single, "The Enlightened Time." Met with critical acclaim and enthusiastic fan response, the video has won numerous film festival awards, as well as a Native American Music Award for Best Short Form Music Video, her seventh NAMMY.

American Indian Story - The Adventures of Sha'kona (the book), tells the story of Taylor Mashonee. When Taylor's great-grandmother dies, the young girl uncovers a secret that has been inside of her since she was born. Her grandmother gives her an ancient book that was left to her by her great-grandmother. Passed down through many generations, it tells the story of Sha'kona and her tribe's epic journey from the land of their birth to the New World.

In an uplifting tale of discovery, courage, friendship and heroism, both girls experience the greatest adventure of their lives and begin to understand their strength and the importance of unity and solidarity of all people - ideals that will forever hold true.

Cherokee actor and musician Wes Studi says, "Sha'kona will stir your soul and uplift your spirit. She is a great heroine. Her character displays the strength, wisdom, dignity and truth that are at the core of our Native American culture. And she does it all with a sense of humor and adventure. This is a fantastic read for anyone."

This very special book signing is on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the MoCNA store, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico (Click here for a map).

Call 505.983.1666 for more information.

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Through 01/02/11
Dry Ice: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape;
Oblique Drift: Nicholas Galanin;
: Torry Mendoza;
It Wasn't a Dream of Golden Cities: PostCommodity;
Matterings: Rose Simpson;
Apaches & Angels: Douglas Miles

Apache Skateboards
Highlighting Douglas Miles' latest works. At the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery in the MoCNA Store.
11/05/10 5:00 PM - Opening reception

11/05/10, 5-7 PM
First Fridays at MoCNA: Book signing for White Shell Water Place AND Opening Reception for Apache Skateboards: Douglas Miles

11/13/10, 2-3 PM
Artist Talk with video artist Torry Mendoza, call 505.428.5909

11/14/10, 2-3 PM
Private Practice with Jessica Metcalfe, call 505.428.5909

11/16/10, 12-2 PM
Book signing for American Indian Story - The Adventures of Sha-kona
with Jana Mashonee. Call 505.983.1666 for more information.

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Extended through 11/05/10

Senior Thesis Exhibit
Featuring the
academic careers of  Kenneth Peshlakai, Ahren Polar and Marcia Smith. Call the Primitive Edge Gallery at 505.424.5745 for more information.


11/05/10, 3-6 PM
IAIA Open House and Digital Dome Grand Opening, call 505.424.2351

11/08/10, 7 PM
Reading by Writer in Residence Kimiko Hahn, call 505.424.2365

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Celebrating Achievement and Sharing Knowledge to Promote Indigenous Original Language Revitalization
Free and open to the public! Registration is required. For more information, contact Hayes Lewis, 505.424.5701or Nona Naranjo, 505.424.2387.

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