Breaking the boundaries of what is deemed traditional Indigenous art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s new exhibition, Clearly Indigenous, examines how Native artists reinterpret cultural narratives and designs in new mediums. The two-pronged exhibition focuses on how Native artists have melded ancestral ways with new methods and materials in glass, while concurrently examining the historical narrative of how glass art came to Indian Country from a historical perspective. In this month’s program, Larry “Ulaaq” Ahvakana (Inupiaq) and Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo) are in conversation with MIAC assistant curator Lillia McEnaney. Larry “Ulaaq” Ahvakana (Inupiaq) is a sculptor of traditional Inupiaq art forms; his work ranges from figures depicting dancing, whaling, and other activities to animals, deities, masks, and jewelry. Although much of his art is traditional in nature, he has explored many forms, and he works in variety of media, including stone, wood, ivory, bronze, as well as glass. Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo) finds inspiration for his art in the Pueblo pottery with which he grew up with, and his glass art is often based on the bowls and jars of traditional Pueblo ceramics. But while the forms he creates are rooted in tradition, he infuses his glass art with beautiful colors to create vivid, luminous vessels.
**This event is virtual**