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All events for the Native Arts Market Events are free to the public.

Native Arts Events Market:

Thursday, August 20

Summer/Fall Exhibition Opening Reception
5-7-p.m. | Allan Houser Art Park

Featuring: Visions and Visionaries | An Evening Redness in the West | Meryl McMaster: Wanderings | Eve-Lauryn LaFountain: Waabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight)

A Procession at 5 p.m | Death Convention Singers will lead a sonic and visual procession through Santa Fe’s historic plaza as part of the exhibition, An Evening Redness in the West. A lynchpin of contemporary, experimental music in the Southwest, the ensemble will radiate the brutal energy and aesthetic of the apocalypse using custom instruments.

Music provided by DJ Tahnee Udero

Friday, August 21

New Audiences for Native Films:
Native Cinema Showcase Film Panel + Reception
5-7 p.m. | Allan Houser Art Park

Is there a place for authentic Native content in mainstream media? An increase of Native American actors, directors, producers and scriptwriters offer audiences a new perspective on modern American Indian culture. Audiences are no longer one dimensional but reflect the state of diversity in today’s world. They demand more culturally diverse programming and no longer accept “ethnically blind casting.” How does mainstream film and television respond? Join filmmaker and producer, Helen Haig-Brown, (Tsilhqot’in), (My Legacy, The Cave), Longhouse Media Executive Director Tracy Rector (Seminole), Gina M. Reyes, Manager and Creative Executive, Fox Audience Strategy and moderator Jason Ryle (Saulteaux), Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival as they discuss the role of Native American filmmakers, artists and cultural and content advisors in Hollywood’s shifting climate. Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Saturday, August 22

Artist Gallery Sessions
10 – 12noon | Anne & Loren Kieve Gallery

Join artists Meryl McMaster, Andrea Carlson, Yatika Fields, and curators, Lara Evans and Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer, in the museum galleries as they discuss their current exhibitions and practice. Introductions by Candice Hopkins, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Chief Curator.

Gallerist and Collector: Where They Meet?
1-2p.m. | Allan Houser Art Park

Join us for a session that explores the rarely discussed relationships between the commercial art gallery, gallerist, and collector. How does an intuitive eye, a love of art and choices to exhibit Native artists affect the course of the contemporary Native Art movement? An undocumented relationship between galleries and collectors exists; the support of an artist by small number of galleries, collectors, and museums can determine what is good and valuable and change the course of an artist’s career. In the past ten years, how has the relationship between gallery, collector, and gallerist changed and how has it not? What are the building blocks of a successful partnership? In what ways does a collector support an artist’s career and how does this differ from the support offered by a commercial gallery or a museum? How do collectors envision and shape the legacy of their collections? Panelists include: Charles Froelick, Gallerist, Froelick Gallery; Edd Guarino, Collector; Martha Albrecht, Collector; and Todd Bockley, Gallerist, Bockley Gallery. Moderated by Candice Hopkins, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Chief Curator.

Awasishkode (Beyond the Fire)
Sound and Light Performance
2:15 – 2:45p.m. | Honor Gallery

Artist Eve-Lauryn LaFountain and her collaborator, musician Jon Almaraz, will create a live performance that expands upon the exhibition Wabanishimo (She Dances Till Daylight). During the performance, LaFountain will run multiple 35mm slide and small format motion picture film projectors accompanied by Almaraz’s live sound. The light from the projectors is interrupted with different materials, which “explode” the images beyond the screen. Beginning with guitar, the sound is transformed by both analog and digital manipulation. Invoking the spirit of magic lantern shows and the silent film era when musicians would play live music to films in the theater, Awasishkode brings this form into a new century through visual and musical improvisation.

LaDonna Harris: The Art of Self Determination
Contemporary Indigenous Discourse Series
3-5p.m. | Allan Houser Art Park

MoCNA creates a forum in the Southwest for Indigenous peoples to share knowledge and strategies for advancing tribal self-determination within an era of intense globalization. This panel will consider the impact of LaDonna Harris who has led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders. Featuring leading Indigenous thinkers, LaDonna Harris, President of Americans for Indian Opportunity; Kevin Gover, Executive Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; Mark Macarro, Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians; Laura Harris, Executive Director of Americans for Indian Opportunity; and Bird Runningwater, Director, Native American and Indigenous Programs, Sundance Institute. Moderated by Andrea R. Hanley, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Membership + Program Manager. This program highlights LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101, a documentary by filmmaker, Juliana Brannum which will be shown in the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Helen Hardin Media Gallery from August 20 – October 20.

Sunday, August 23

Cherokee Writers Book Signing + Discussion
11-12noon | Allan Houser Art Park

Join Cherokee Nation novelists Margaret Verble and John Haworth who will participate in a lively discussion on Verble’s new novel Maud’s Line, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Verble’s novel chronicles the life and loves of 18-year-old Cherokee heroine Maud Nail, who in 1928, lives with her family on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. Government to Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma’s statehood. Haworth, the Senior Executive at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in New York, is also a writer whose essays have been published in American Indian Magazine and exhibition catalogues, including For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw and Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse. Both writers will sign books following the program.

Joy Harjo Book Signing + Discussion
1 – 2p.m. | Allan Houser Art Park

Award winning Muscogee-Creek poet, musician, playwright and performer Joy Harjo will read and perform selected works from her new book called Conflict of Resolution for Holy Beings, a collection of poetry, published by W.W. Norton. Harjo was recently commissioned by the NYC Public Theater for her musical play, We Were There When Jazz Was Invented. She is the founder with Kenneth Johnson and Sandy Fife Wilson of the Mvskoke Arts Association. Harjo’s honors also include the Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN Creative Nonfiction Award, a NAMMY for Best Female Artist of the Year, the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, among many others. Ms. Harjo will sign books following the program.

Saturday – Sunday, August 22 – 23

August 21 – October 20
(63 minutes)
9a.m. – 5p.m. | Screening in the Helen Hardin Media Gallery

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