New Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


SANTA FE — Candice Hopkins (Tlingit), originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, has joined the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) team as Chief Curator. Hopkins has served as MoCNA’s Interim Chief Curator for the past year. Patsy Phillips, Director of the Museum says, “We are thrilled to have Candice join our team. To have a curator of her caliber on board is incredibly exciting and we look forward to her upcoming exhibitions.” Her first major show at MoCNA, An Evening Redness in the West, will open August 2015.

Hopkins is a curator and writer extraordinaire who has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre. Hopkins earned an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College where she was awarded the Ramapo Curatorial Prize for the exhibition, Every Stone Tells a Story: The Performance Work of David Hammons and Jimmie Durham. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, The Fillip Review and, the National Museum of the American Indian, among others.

Candice has lectured widely including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale, Tate Britain, and the University of British Columbia. In 2012 Hopkins was invited to present a keynote lecture on the topic of the “sovereign imagination” for dOCUMENTA (13), in Kassel, Germany. Her recent and upcoming curatorial projects include Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years a multi-site exhibition in Winnipeg co-curated with Steve Loft, Jenny Western and Lee-Ann Martin; Zone A for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche; and Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, co-curated with Greg Hill and Christine Lalonde, the National Gallery of Canada’s largest survey of recent Indigenous art, which opened in May 2013. Hopkins was co-curator with Janet Dees, Irene Hofmann and Lucía Sanromán of the 2014 SITE Santa Fe biennial exhibition, Unsettled Landscapes. In 2014 she received the Joan Lowndes award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing.

To arrange an interview with Candice, please contact Andrea Hanley (Navajo), Membership + Program Manager, MoCNA, at 505.428.5907, or

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