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Here, Now and Always: A Final Look

with Dr. Bruce Bernstein and Lillie Lane

January 26, 2020 2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Water Girls
Water Girls , 2017, Marla Allison, Laguna Pueblo Museum Purchase, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, 60220/13 Photography by Addison Doty  Based on two Edward S. Curtis photographs, this acrylic tryptich superimposes Laguna Pueblo and Hopi designs over Curtis’ images, speaking back to the power dynamics inherent in his legacy, and reclaiming the photograph as her own. The girl on the left was added into the frame by Allison. Speaking about the piece, Allison explains, “[T]hrough their eyes, these women can show you a lifetime of hard living and determination to exist. One looking to the past, one looking at the present, and me, I am looking towards the future. […] This is [the] strength, humility, obedience, tradition, sacrifice, family, duty, and heritage of a people made through the hand of a Pueblo woman.”  

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the popular permanent exhibition "Here, Now and Always" one last time before it closes for a $5M makeover on January 26.


A panel discussion led by Dr. Bruce Bernstein (former MIAC director), and Lillie Lane (Diné) - as well as Native co-curators of the original exhibit will be held at 2pm, with final tours of the exhibition offered at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm.


This is your last chance to see HNA until June 2021, so stop by and enjoy our celebration of the ground-breaking exhibit.


Admission to MIAC will be reduced accordingly during HNA’s closure.

Loren Aragon, CEO & Designer of ACONAV, Acoma Pueblo Photography by Addison Doty  Loren Aragon’s contemporary runway designs are intended to celebrate the resiliency and strength of Native women by “evoking empowerment.” To do this, he frequently looks to historic pottery and museum collections for inspiration, reimaging and innovating the work of his ancestors. “When working with a lot of the designs, I am inspired by elements that resonate beauty and our ideas of the natural world.” This dress is currently being made and is based on the adjacent jar from the MIAC collections. Aragon explains his inspiration for this project: “the vessel itself is a utilitarian piece that carried life, and is representative of a female body form. The woman herself carrying water, carrying life in her womb. That is an empowering idea that I want to share with the world.”