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Current Exhibitions

Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision - At the Governorís Gallery


May 5, 2017 through August 25, 2017

Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision exhibition, Governors Gallery, 4th floor of the State Capital Building, Santa Fe New Mexico. May 5, thru August 25th 2017 Upcoming Event: Meet the Living Treasures, reception August 17th, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Governors Gallery, 4th floor of the State Capital Building. Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision presents a selection of indigenous arts that could only come from the State of New Mexico.  As a state that celebrates the great artistic achievements of its residents – past and present – the exhibit is fittingly installed in the Governor’s Gallery of the State Capitol.  Works by fourteen of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s “Living Treasures” enliven the space with bold assertions of creativity, cultural survival and beauty.  Since 2006, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has awarded outstanding indigenous artists with the designation of “Living Treasure” during the Museum’s annual Native Treasures Festival. These artists, who have left their mark in the field of contemporary indigenous arts and culture, have achieved excellence in the areas of painting, sculpture, beadwork, pottery and jewelry.  The more adventurous museum goer, who takes the time to go off the beaten track to the fourth floor of the Rotunda, will find a hidden gem in Living Treasures: A Celebration of Vision. The pieces on display from artists such as Lonnie Vigil, Roxanne Swentzell, Teri Greeves, and Robert Tenorio, stand as a powerful reminder that tradition and cultural practices thrive within the vibrant, creative worlds of New Mexico’s Pueblo and tribal communities. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture provides a venue for communities throughout New Mexico to come together to celebrate, educate, and promote transformative opportunities for dialogue and exchange between people. The Museum serves over 45,000 visitors a year with education programs, art and history exhibitions, lectures and artist demonstrations. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasures: 2006---Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo Pueblo 2007---Mike-Bird Romero, San Juan Pueblo 2008---Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, Picuris Pueblo/Navajo 2009---Upton S. Ethelbah, Jr., White Mountain Apache/Santa Clara Pueblo 2010---Lonnie Vigil, Nambe’ Pueblo 2011---Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo 2012---Tony Abeyta, Navajo  2013---Tammy Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo 2014---Althea Cajero, Santo Domingo Pueblo/Acoma Pueblo 2014---Joe Cajero, Jemez Pueblo 2015---Teri Greeves, Kiowa 2015---Keri Ataumbi, Kiowa 2016---Dan Namingha, Tewa/Hopi 2017---Jody Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo   Exhibition Thumbnail photo: Rainbow Dancers by Tammy Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo, c. 1999. Clay. Purchased with funds from the Buchsbaum Purchase Fund for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. 

Jody Naranjo: Revealing Joy


April 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture will host a solo exhibition featuring the work of current Living Treasure, prolific Santa Clara pueblo potter Jody Naranjo, in the lobby of the museum.

I-Witness Culture: Frank Buffalo Hyde


February 3, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce) believes it is the artist’s responsibility to represent the times in which they live. Transforming street art techniques into fine art practices, his humorous and acerbic narrative artworks do exactly that. In I-Witness Culture, Hyde investigates the space where Native Americans exist today: between the ancient and the new; between the accepted truth and the truth; between the known and the unknown. Hyde, who created fourteen paintings and three sculptures for I-Witness, divides his contemporary narrative into three sections: Paranormal: The Truth is Out There; Selfie Skndns; and In-Appropriate. Pre-millennium, if you asked anyone if Native Americans existed, they would tell you only in the past, in black and white photos. They are almost extinct, they would say, and their lands are gone. If you ever meet one, ask if you can touch their hair, take a picture of them as proof that you actually saw one—like Bigfoot they exist beyond the scope of normal experience. Post-millennium, Native Americans are part of the digital age, the selfie age, where if something hasn’t been posted to social media, it never happened. We are sharing information at a rate that has never been possible before in human history: We no longer just experience reality; we filter reality through our electronic devices. Today’s Native artists use technology as a tool of Indigenous activism, a means to document, and a form of validation. In a nation obsessed with sameness—afraid of difference—popular culture homogenizes indigenous cultures, "honoring" us with fashion lines, misogynistic music videos, or offensive mascots and Halloween costumes. Today, these stereotypes and romantic notions are irrelevant as a new generation of Native American artists uses social media to let the world know who they are. Today, we are the observers, as well as the observed. We are here, we are educated, and we define Indian art.      

Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art


July 17, 2016 through October 22, 2017

Sponge Bob Square Pants, Pac Man, and Curious George, all sporting a particularly Native American twist, are just a few images from popular mainstream culture seen in the exhibition, Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art. The free to the public opening for Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is on July 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm and the show runs through October 22, 2017. Featuring nearly 100 objects by more than fifty artists from the museum’s collections as well as others borrowed from collectors and artists, the work on view in Into the Future will be in such various media as traditional clothing and jewelry, pottery and weaving, photography and video, through to comics, and on into cyberspace.  

The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery


On long-term display

The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.

Here, Now and Always


On long-term display

Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.