Museum of International Folk Art

Monumental Installation by Cannupa Hanska Luger Kicks Off Santa Fe Indian Market Week

July 20, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2018 (Santa Fe, NM)—The monumental installation, Every One, by Cannupa Hanska Luger kicks off Santa Fe Indian Market Week, Saturday, August 11, 2018, when it will be exhibited at the Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. An artist talk with Luger is Thursday, August 16 at 2 pm, also at the Museum. It will remain on display through September 21, 2018. 

 Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian) is one of 16 artists participating in Project Indigene, a collaboration of eight prominent Santa Fe institutions, designed to examine perspectives and create awareness of some of the issues facing indigenous art today.

 Luger’s Every One is the result of a social collaboration conceived and created by the artist, who invited communities from across the U.S. and Canada to create two-inch-diameter clay beads. Each of the resulting 4,000 handmade clay beads represents an indigenous individual who has been the victim of gender violence. Strung together, they form a portrait based on a photograph by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer.

“This social collaboration rehumanizes data through the process of creating handmade objects,” says Luger.

Some of the 4,000 beads were made by members of the Santa Fe community at an event held by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The installation compliments two current exhibitions at MOIFA, Beadwork Adorns the World, and Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru, which includes indigenous artists using unconventional media to bring attention to issues of cultural identity and social justice. Both institutions are Project Indigene partners.

Project Indigene Artists are: David Bradley (Minnesota Chippewa), Ashley Browning (Santa Clara Pueblo), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Ondaga), Nocona Burgess (Comanche), Aymar Ccopatty (Aymara), Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo), Shan Gosharn (Eastern Band Cherokee), Teri Greeves (Kiowa), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, Norwegian), Susan Hudson (Navajo), Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo), Carla Quispe (Aymara), Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Maria Samora (Taos Pueblo), Charlene Teters (Spokane), and Melanie Yazzie (Navajo).

This Indian Market Week, Project Indigene artists and Partner institutions participate in exhibitions and events on topical issues facing Native Americans and Native American Art.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5–7 pm Exhibition Opening: IMPRINT Ralph T. Coe Center, 1590 B, Pacheco Street, Santa Fe IMPRINT showcases the work of Project Indigene Artist Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa), also known as Okuu Pin, plus five other leading printmakers: Eliza Naranjo Morse, Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga, Cherokee), Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa), Terran Last Gun (Piikani), Dakota Mace (Dine (Navajo), and Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu), along with Coe curators Bess Murphy and Nina Sanders (Apsaalooke).

Thursday, August 16, 2018 Artist Talk: Cannupa Hanska Luger Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and participants in his social engagement and ceramic installation Every One, a work of art and activism about the more than 4,000 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. Created in collaboration with photographer Kali Spitzer and numerous contributing individuals and organizations whose handmade beads rehumanize the statistics of gender violence.

Saturday-Sunday August 18 -19, 2018, 7 am–5 pm 97th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market The 97th Santa Fe Indian Market transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 1,000 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets. The Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world.

All week Maria Samora: Master of Elegance Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, on Museum Hill Marvel at the elegant, minimalist jewelry designs of Taos Pueblo artist, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasure, 2018 Native Treasurers Featured Artist, and Project Indigene Artist Maria Samora.

Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in PeruMuseum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill, Santa Fe

Crafting Memory explores the new directions taken by current Peruvian folk artists—many of them indigenous—during the recent decades of social and political upheaval and economic change. It highlights the biographies and social histories of contemporary artists in a variety of mediums, particularly textiles, along with examples of work that preserve family tradition, reimagine older artforms, reclaim pre-Columbian techniques and styles, and forge new directions for arte popular in the 21st century. Project Indigene Artists include Aymar Ccopacatty and Quarla Quispe..

Art Exhibition: Memory Weaving: Works by Melanie Yazzie Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 704 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill, Memory Weaving by Project Indigene Artist Melanie Yazzie is a sweeping exhibition of works by the Navajo artist and educator who works in the diverse media of printmaking, acrylic painting, and bronze sculpture. Museum admission required.

Media Contact: Jennifer Villela 505-577-1347

About Project Indigene: Project Indigene partners, consisting of museums, research institutes, and art markets, will collectively offer a variety of exhibitions, events, and program that support our examination of indigenous art issues: authenticity; appropriation; activism; and artistic integrity. The collaborative partners include: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), the Museum of International Folk Art, the Native Treasures Art Market, the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, the School for Advanced Research (SAR), and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market). This project is funded by a grant from the Santa Fe Arts Commission.

Image: Cannupa Hanska Luger, Every One, 2018, social engagement and installation of 4,000 handmade ceramic beads. Ceramic, ink, nylon rope. 12 feet x 15 feet x 3 inches. Photo courtesy of 

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Cannupa Hanska Luger, Every One, 2018

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