Adds 1,670 Square Feet to Museum’s Exhibition Space
SANTA FE — The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) announces the opening of a new permanent collection gallery on August 21, 2015.
The new 1,670 square foot gallery increases the museum’s exhibition capacity by nearly one-third. The space for the gallery was made available due to the 2010 relocation of the museum’s National Collection of Contemporary Native Arts to a state-of-the-art facility at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Rancho Viejo.
This second floor wing renovation was possible as a result of a generous gift from Loren and AnneKieve in honor of their parents Pauline and Rudolph Kieve and Ruth and David Hughes — and their love for art. Upon opening, the gallery will be christened the Kieve Family Gallery. Loren Kieveis the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for IAIA.
Inaugurating the Kieve Family Gallery is the exhibition Visions and Visionaries organized by MoCNA Chief Curator Candice Hopkins.
Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, the works enable us to see the world through different eyes and highlight the role of the visionaries in IAIA’s history who forged new paths that IAIA continues to follow to this day. Collections tell particular stories — in this case it is the development of Native art in the American southwest in the 1960s and its evolution into a national movement today. The collection is a testament to the continual risk-taking and innovation that has shaped IAIA, and in turn, MoCNA. The exhibition will showcase both well-known and lesser-known artists.
MoCNA Director Patsy Phillips, had this to say about the renovation: “The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts has the finest collection in the world from the best Native artists — including pieces from the 1960s to the present day. Although we don’t have the space to show the entire collection at once, it is our goal to rotate works in and out periodically to give all of our permanent collection a chance to be on public view over time. We’re so grateful to the Kieve family who made this renovation possible, and for their continued support of the Institute of American Indian Arts.”
The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts holds the premier collection of contemporary Native art in the world from Native American, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples. There are over 7,500 artworks in the collection, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, contemporary apparel, textiles, cultural arts, new media, and installations. Many prominent artists of our time are represented in the collection such as Tony Abeyta, Linda Lomahaftewa, George Morrison, Allan Houser, Helen Hardin, Truman Lowe, and Fritz Scholder, to name a few. The Kieve Family Gallery will open to the public on August 21, 2015.