Parkas are complex expressions of Alaska Native cultures’ deep respect for the animals of land and sea. The harmonious marriage of beauty, function, and resourcefulness, parkas are a living tradition rooted in centuries of indigenous knowledge of material science and design. They also demonstrate the resilience of indigenous communities to thrive in the arctic environment.
Through a combination of in-gallery objects and multimedia pieces, as well as public conversations and events held at the museum and in the community, this exhibition addresses themes of incarceration, social justice and prisoners’ rights, recidivism and transitional justice. Works featured in exhibition are drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of prison art alongside recently acquired art - including pieces made during workshops at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in 2017, pieces purchased at the state Penitentiary’s bi-annual Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair in 2019, and a mural created by at-risk-youth through a school-to-prison pipeline initiative https://www.sitesofconscience.org/en/2018/01/brown-v-board-to-ferguson-toolkit/ program between MOIFA and Santa Fe ¡YouthWorks! in 2018. The exhibition further explores strategies helping underserved populations so that they may avoid future incarceration and examine how the arts can be a catalyst for healing, rehabilitation, and change.
Dec 12, 2021 - Feb 19, 2023
Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia
Museum of International Folk Art
Dress helps us fashion identity, history, community, and place. Dress has been harnessed as a metaphor for both progress and stability, the exotic and the utopian, oppression and freedom, belonging and resistance. Dressing with Purpose examines three Scandinavian dress traditions—Swedish folkdräkt, Norwegian bunad, and Sámi gákti—and traces their development during two centuries of social and political change across northern Europe.
Oct 9, 2021 - Mar 27, 2022
Poetic Justice: Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard, and Jaune Quick-to See-Smith
New Mexico Museum of Art
This exhibition celebrates three innovative artists who have created complex works of beauty that evoke memory, history and emotion.
Birds are cherished among many cultures worldwide. Where birds live well, people thrive. The presence and wellbeing of birds reflects the health of the environment; they share every ecosystem with us, playing the role of hunter and prey, pollinators, scavengers, and dispersers of seeds. Feeding the spirit, they signify strength, courage and freedom. As our companions, birds inspire us to think beyond our own confinement and limitations. With some 10,000 species of birds in the world, they are among the best adapted animals on Earth, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
The exhibit, “Birds: Spiritual Messengers of the Skies” discusses the importance of birds to Native American culture both in the past and present, including the importance of birds as a resource for tools, feathers and food. The exhibit shows the many artistic expressions of birds in Native American culture on pottery, whether via painted images or vessels that are made in the shape of birds. The study of birds in archaeology is also included. With information from Audubon New Mexico and the National Audubon Society, the exhibit takes you on a journey to explore the unique role birds play in our world.