New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

DCA Announces Events Taking Place during Indian Market

July 23, 2019


(Santa Fe, NM)—Santa Fe comes alive with arts each the summer, particularly Native arts during the month of August, celebrating internationally known Indian Market. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs offers a schedule of events from exhibitions on view and works from new artists to lectures and films celebrating many of the Pueblos and tribes across the state.




San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600-1930: Voices of the Clay

On August 11, 2019, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) presents San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600—1930: Voices of the Clay—an examination of ceramic practices over three centuries, on view until August 31, 2020. The exhibition centers on refocusing San Ildefonso’s cultural and artistic histories through their own perspectives. The large body of work prompts discussion about the meanings of these preeminent art forms and fosters an appreciation for the artists of San Ildefonso. MIAC proudly hosts San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600—1930,  Voices of the Clay, as the first exhibition to showcase the internationally recognized artistry from the Pueblo’s narrative. The opening reception will be hosted the San Ildefonso Tewa Women’s Group on August 11, 2019, beginning at 12:00 p.m. The opening will include a Pueblo feast, dance performances, and a lecture with co-curators Russell Sanchez, Erik Fender, and Bruce Bernstein, as well as Laura Escalanti, Tewa language teacher and cultural leader at 2:30 p.m.


Beyond Standing Rock

MIAC is pleased to present its latest exhibition, Beyond Standing Rock, opening Feb. 23 to Oct. 27, 2019. The exhibition looks at one of the most widespread grassroots movements in recent history, highlighting works created at the protest by Native and non-Native artists. From early 2016 to early 2017, the Sioux Nation (Očhéthi Šakówiŋ) of Standing Rock Reservation protested corporate abuses of Native sovereignty and welfare. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) planned construction through Standing Rock reservation, violating the 1851 Fort Laramie treaty and compromising the Sioux Nation’s access to clean water. As the movement grew, more than one hundred Native nations and allies gathered together to preserve the land through peaceful protest. The protest gained international attention through images, videos, and posters.


The Brothers Chongo: A Tragic Comedy in Two Parts

Native Treasures Award Recipients, Diego and Mateo Romero

More than twenty years after their first joint exhibition at MIAC, Diego and Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) show their latest work as the 2019 Living Treasures, opening April 7, 2019. The exhibition, The Brothers Chongo: A Tragic Comedy in Two Parts, features Mateo Romero’s lithographs and paintings, as well as Diego Romero’s pottery and lithographs. Pairing Pueblo imagery with cutting-edge messages, the exhibition will be on view until October 2019.


Student Art and Design Competition

Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota), Nika Feldman, Derayna DeClay (White Mountain Apache) and John Francis Mustain

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration is proud to announce the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition award recipients. The competition honors Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape. Mid-Century Santa Fe collaborators have selected winners in each of the three categories, as well as Best in Show from a pool of New Mexico’s full-time college students. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019, in the Joan and Clifford Vernick Auditorium at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA).





Breakfast with the Curators #2

Tony Chavarria and Larry Humetewa on Here, Now and Always

8:30 a.m. through 10:30 a.m.

Curator Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo) hosts breakfast, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation lab with conservator Larry Humetewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo). Preview objects that will be on display in the new Here, Now and Always exhibition. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Museum Hill Cafe. Program is $35 general admission / $30 for Museum Foundation members. Reservations are required by calling 505-476-1269.



Indian Market Buying Primer

Textiles, Jewelry/Turquoise, and Prints

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join MIAC for this afternoon of brief lectures/workshops in which you’ll learn about (at 1 p.m.) Navajo weavings/textiles (at 2 p.m.) turquoise and Native jewelry and (at 3 p.m.) the many different types of prints to look for at Indian Market. Talks delivered by MIAC’s Joyce Begay-Foss, Garrick Beck of Natural Stones, and Tom Leech, who runs the press at the Palace of the Governors. Cost is $10 at the door.



Breakfast with the Curators #3

Bruce Bernstein, Russell Sanchez, and Erik Fender on San Ildefonso Pottery

8:30 a.m. through 10:30 a.m.

Co-curators of the upcoming San Ildefonso pottery exhibition, Bruce Bernstein, Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso Pueblo), and Erik Fender (San Ildefonso Pueblo), host breakfast followed by a special tour of the new groundbreaking exhibition. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Museum Hill Cafe. Program is $35 general admission / $30 for Museum Foundation members. Reservations are required by calling 505-476-1269.


Film Screenings


Tuesday, August 13 through August 18

Films Organized by the New Mexico History Museum, Screened at various locations

Tuesday, Aug. 13

  • 7 p.m.: Warrior Women (USA, 2018, 64 min.)

    • Followed by a discussion with activist Marcella Gilbert (Lakota and Dakota /Cheyenne River Lakota Nation) and directors Christina D. King (Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma) and Elizabeth A. Castle.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Thursday, Aug. 15

  • 1 p.m.: Angelique’s Isle (Canada, 2018, 90min.) preceded by Ara Marumaru (The Shadow) (8 min.)

  • 3 p.m.: “The Land Speaks” shorts program (86 min. total)

    • Seven short films emphasize Native knowledge of the environment and the look into its future.

  • 7 p.m.: N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear (85 min.)

Friday, Aug. 16

  • 1 p.m.: “Future Focused” shorts program (55 min. total)

    • This program features films that present innovative stories from First Nations and U.S. Native communities. 

  • 3 p.m.: “State of the Art” conversation with Preston Singletary

  • 7 p.m.: SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) (Canada, 2018, 100 min.) preceded by Mahiganiec (Baby Wolf) (5 min.)

    • Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Gwaii Edenshaw (Haida) and musician and composer Kinnie Starr (Mohawk)

Saturday, Aug. 17

  • 1 p.m.: Lensic Future Voices (90 min. total)

    • This program includes a selection of films by student filmmakers. Presented in collaboration with Lensic Performing Arts Center and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Introduced by Marcella Ernest (Bad River Band of Chippewa), Project Director, Lensic Future Voices.

  • 3 p.m.: Our Stories Shorts (86 min. total)

    • This program reflects the best of Native storytelling as told through family history, language, and tradition, including how a dose of Native humor looks into its future.

  • 8 p.m.: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Screened outdoors at the Santa Fe Railyard Park Screen.

Sunday, Aug. 18

  • 1 p.m.: Rise Above Shorts (86 min. total)

    • The realities of rising above adversity, loving oneself and the journey of learning life’s lessons is the focus of this program.

  • 3 p.m: Vai (New Zealand, 2018, 90 min.) preceded by Katatjatuuk Kangirsumi/Throat Singing in 

    • Kangirsuk (3 min.) and Pire (3 min.)

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