♥ me some contemporary Native American art

October 19, 2013

Contemporary art is my favorite. So when I find a museum that’s got great art and a unique, authentic spin, I’m all over it. Such was the case this month at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts of Santa Fe, just off the Plaza. I had the pleasure of slowly walking through all by myself one morning.  Here’s some of what I saw:

punching bagCaught my eye instantly.

bra jockBran and jockstrap. Yep.

jockCloser look at the jockstrap.

antlersI’d love to have this piece in my house.

angelAngel with a twist.

big artA large piece….

cu big art…a bit of it close up.

bagsOrdinary bags made extraordinary.

arttLook deep.

artttCouldn’t stop looking at this one.

hands artMore than a first glance.

cu print2Otherworldly….

cu print….I love the mix of old and new in the two pieces above.

honor treatiesExactly. It’s all about honoring treaties and in my opinion, it’s one of our nation’s greatest shames.

Kinky Boots Native Style

Kinky Boots native style?

Way topical for me, since I loved the musical, Kinky Boots.

metal featherThis stunning piece is another I’d like to have in my home to look at every day.

motorcyleMotorcycle, Native style.

purse nativeBeautiful work.

quiverThis LV quiver made me laugh.

walk a smile shoesWonder about these? Here’s what the piece is called:

walk a smileDare you not to smile.

refrigI love the way the artist’s mind works…and the execution. One more added to my list.

spin wheelDream catcher tweaked a bit.

skull centerYikes! Interesting, though.

Want to know more about the museum? Here’s what the website says about it:
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture through presentation, collection/acquisition, preservation, and interpretation.

The MoCNA encourages creative expression across the fields of arts and culture as an opportunity to engage/establish/foster/cultivate in cross-cultural dialogue with communities at the local, national and global level.

8 comments on “♥ me some contemporary Native American art
  1. Love these! I want the angel and the bags and the smile shoes.

  2. Kimba says:

    Boots, bags, and jockstraps – I gotta get to this museum!

  3. These are fantastic, Carol. I love each one of them.

  4. Barbara says:

    Slide on those red boots, hop on that native style motorbike and ride as fast as you can from that jock strap! What a fun collection.

  5. Valerie says:

    Wow, that’s some edgy stuff! Both pieces you said you’d like to have in your home were my favorites.

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