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December 2010

Kevin & Valerie Pourier, Buffalo Horn Necklace

Kevin & Valerie Pourier (Oglala/ Lakota), Buffalo Horn Necklace featured at the MoCNA Store's Indigenous Bling show and sale

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JOIN US FOR THESE HOLIDAY events offering ample opportunities to pick up some one-of-a-kind Native arts for yourself or a gift for your special someone.

THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2010 the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Store, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico (click here for a map), invites you to spend some time browsing the fantastic selection of Native American arts including...
  • Jewelry and fetishes
  • Ceramics, paintings, drawings and sculptures
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Gourmet foods and coffees
  • Books, music and DVDs
  • Toys and more
Nearly everything is on sale, and you'll find gift certificates and stocking stuffers for kids of all ages. Plus, Indigenous Bling, our popular show featuring things that sparkle and shine, is back with a free reception with artists in attendance on Friday, December 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

And for the art-lover in your life, consider the gift that keeps giving year round: a gift membership. Click here to purchase yours now!  Also, members get 20% off nearly everything (double the regular discount !!!) -- good at the online store, too -- as well as free gift wrapping. Not a member? Click here to join MoCNA and start enjoying member benefits right away.

All purchases are tax free and proceeds support Native American artists and the museum. MoCNA will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information, call 505.983.1666.

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ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will host its annual Holiday Art Market, offering one-of-a-kind items made by the creative students, faculty and staff of IAIA and other Native American artists.

The art market will take place at IAIA's Campus in the Library & Technology Center, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexcio (click here for a map).

Click here to download a printable flier, or for more information, call 505.424.5704

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Author, Richard Van Camp

Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene author Richard Van Camp to read at IAIA on Dec. 2
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WHAT: READING BY AUTHOR RICHARD Van Camp at the Institute of American Indian Arts

When: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the CLE Common Room on the IAIA Campus, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico (click here for a map)

Details: A Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada, Richard Van Camp is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author.

He is the author of the novel, The Lesser Blessed, and two collections of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern and The Moon of Letting Go as well as two children's books with Cree artist, George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? His baby book, Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, was the official selection of the Books for BC Babies program and was given to every newborn baby in British Columbia in 2008.

His first comic book, Path of the Warrior, will be published with Cree artist, Steve Sanderson, through the Healthy Aboriginal Network. His second comic book is Kiss Me Deadly. Richard was awarded Storyteller of the Year for both Canada and the US by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2007. 

Richard has a novel, Blessing Wendy, coming out with Orca Book Publishers in 2011, and he also has a novel, Godless but Loyal to Heaven, coming out with Douglas & McIntyre in 2012.

Van Camp's IAIA residency has been generously supported by the Lannan Foundation. This reading is free and open to the public.

Contact: 505.424.2365

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Richard Cutshall and Ken Williams

Richard Cutshall (top), IAIA faculty member and Kenneth Williams (bottom), MoCNA Gallery Associate and IAIA alumnus
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PRIVATE PRACTICE IS AN ONGOING lecture series at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts featuring artist presentations focusing on the diversity of IAIA faculty and staff. This unique occasion provides a peek into IAIA's creative and academic community by recognizing and supporting the work of its faculty and staff beyond the classroom, studio, desk and/or office.

On Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., join IAIA adjunct faculty member Richard Cutshall for a discussion on his artwork "Excavation," a series of large scale drawings focusing on a literal and metaphorical investigation of what lies beneath. Continue reading about Cutshall's presentation here.

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On Sunday, December 12, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., join MoCNA Gallery Associate and bead artist Kenneth Williams for his presentation, "The Present Beauty of the Past." Continue reading about Williams' talk here.

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Both events are free and open to the public and take place at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico (click here for a map). For more information, call 505.428.5909 or 428.5922.

Creative Destruction exhibition poster

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EACH YEAR AT THE INSTITUTE of American Indian Arts (IAIA), the student winter exhibition is chosen, planned, curated and installed by IAIA museum studies students. This year is no exception. Creative Destruction: Innovation as Tradition opens with a free reception Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at IAIA's Primitive Edge Gallery, 83 Avan Nu Po Road in Santa Fe (click here for a map). The exhibit will remain on display until January 21, 2011.

Co-curated by students Azizah Muhammad, Louva Hartwell, Anthony Hyatt, Dylan Iron Shirt, Judith Vicenti, Clayton Whitman, Ester López and Upton Ethelbah, Creative Destruction explores the idea of artist as narrator and commentator of his or her time, deconstructing arguments of "tradition" versus "innovation."

According to student curator Ester López, the term "creative destruction" defines "...when a new phenomenon, usually technology, is introduced in to society and ultimately ends the old way of doing things." However, it does not necessarily dismiss tradition. "Despite its potentially negative connotation upon cursory exposure, its meaning is usually within the context of a positive evolution, a progression toward a better state of being," says student curator Upton Ethelbah.

What the term encompasses, and in fact celebrates, is the perseverance of the artistic spirit. Fellow curator Azizah Muhammad states, "Collectively students are ready to conquer the obstacles from the past and are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead...with a force that lead[s]...into dynamic and innovative energy."

Read more about the student winter exhibition here, or call 505.428.5813 for more information.

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White Shell Water Place (Sunstone Press)
available now: santa fe's celebrated native american anthology

An official Santa Fe 400th Anniversary anthology, White Shell Water Place from Sunstone Press, featuring Native American Authors' ideas, opinions and perspectives was introduced recently at a special event at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

This anthology, a companion to the Santa Fe 400th publication, All Trails Lead to Santa Fe, features the writings of ten Native American authors and includes a traditional Native blessing by N. Scott Momaday as well as a study guide for teachers and students.

As IAIA faculty member 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. However, over the last thirty years colonial narratives regarding Native American history and culture have been, and continue to be, disputed and amended as the pursuit of academic, intellectual and cultural self determination gains momentum in respective Native American tribal and academic communities. This anthology is a ceremony of Native voices, a gathering of Native people offering scholarly dialogue, personal points of view, opinions, and stories regarding the pre and post-historical and cultural foundations of Santa Fe."

You can purchase copies of White Shell Water Place at the MoCNA Store, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. The anthology is available in both soft- and hardcover. Call 505.983.1666 for more information.

Janiece Jonsin, MoCNA Store Manager

MoCNA Store's new Manager Janiece Jonsin, photo by Larry Phillips, Sr.
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JANIECE JONSIN STARTED AS THE new Store Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts on November 15, 2010. Born in Oregon, and raised in Boise, Idaho, she earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Janiece has lived in Santa Fe for 16 years. She was the director of Thirteen Moons Gallery and was instrumental in increasing sales and marketing to the extent that the gallery is now well recognized for its fine craft. Soon after, she was hired as the manager of Casa Nova, a unique retail shop which features multi-cultural fusion work and fine craft from Africa.
Recently, Janiece spent over a year in Seattle as a private art curator for the Tom Bernard Collection. A significant portion of the collection is comprised of Northwestern Indigenous artwork, including pieces created by Tsimshian, Tlingit, Haida, and Inuit artisans. Adopted at birth, Janiece recently discovered that she is directly descended from the California Pit River Indian Tribe. She says that it's "another new and exciting chapter to explore."
Please join everyone at IAIA in welcoming Janiece to the Museum.

MoCNA Gift Membership
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Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves art, culture, learning new things and meeting new people? Give them the things they love all year long!

A MoCNA membership gives your friends and family the experience of a lifetime--twelve months of free, unlimited admission to the museum, subscriptions to our e-newsletter and IAIA's Newswinds, discounts in the museum store and on fee-charge programs and events, year round access to some of the most exciting exhibits and programs available anywhere, as well as ample opportunities to meet artists, scholars and other friends of the museum.

Not sure if your friend or loved one is already a member? Just call us and we'll let you know. And even if they already are, you can still give twelve more months of MoCNA membership! We'll simply extend your her membership expiration date.

To purchase a gift membership now, click here. You can also inquire at the MoCNA admissions desk during regular hours, email membership@iaia.edu, or call 505.428.5909 to purchase by phone or if you have questions.
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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

Indigenous Bling in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, MoCNA Store

Drawing from the Collection;
Embargo Collective;
Puhumuyaw: Dan Lomahaftewa (1951-2005);
VISION PROJECT Gallery Presents Emergence: John Feodorov;
Soul Sister: Reimagining Kateri Tekakwitha

Through 12/24/10
Holiday Sale with Double the Discount for Members!

12/03/10, 5-7 PM
Free Reception for Indigenous Bling

12/05/10, 2-3 PM
Free artist talk with IAIA faculty member and artist Richard Cutshall

12/12/10, 2-3 PM
Free artist talk with IAIA alum and bead artist Kenneth Williams

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Creative Destruction: Innovation as Tradition at
the Primitive Edge Gallery at 505.424.5745 for more information.


12/02/10, 7 PM
Reading by author Richard Van Camp, call 505.424.2365

12/04/10, 9 AM-4 PM
Holiday Artist Market, featuring items made by students, faculty, staff and other Native artists, call 505.424.5704

12/08/10, 3-5 PM
Closing Party for In Progress..., the inaugural student exhibition at
IAIA's NEW Sculpture Center Gallery, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd, Santa Fe, 87508. Call 505.424.2314 for more info.

12/09/10, 5 PM

Public Opening Reception for Creative Destruction

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