Contemporary Native American arts

October 23, 2015

contemporary-Native-American-artsThe Museum of Contemporary Native Arts on the plaza in Santa Fe is always one of the most interesting things on my to-do list. Come along and see some of the provocative contemporary Native American arts on display, work that has a clear point of view, one that might make you a little uncomfortable.

I’ll leave you to your own interpretations, because, well, you’ll see.

Beaded gas maskOh, the beadwork. Contemporary Native American arts use some traditional techniques but with a modern point of view.

Mask full figureThere’s so much to admire about this one.

beautiful girlsThis one caught my eye. It might be my favorite.


indian housePhotograph, exterior, Native home.

native home insideAnd the interior.

BurnA familiar slogan to Baby Boomers.

red dressWow.

color paintingSometimes the eye (and the mind) need a rest.

profI’m sure you’re wondering what this is about.

prof explanNo post is complete without a depiction of my favorite totem, a bear. This is a small section of a painting:

My bearI have no idea why this won’t insert right side up. In any case, I’d love to know what you think of these works of art.

14 comments on “Contemporary Native American arts
  1. Kimba says:

    Whoa. Not exactly my taste, but thought provoking for sure!

  2. Karen Austin says:

    Thank you for letting me visit the art gallery with you. I have never been to Santa Fe. It was great to see some contemporary Native American artwork. Very interesting indeed!

  3. Ellen Dolgen says:

    WOW………these works are truly extraordinary. I would be hard pushed to pick a favorite. They are all so unique.

  4. Donna Hanton says:

    Wow! These were unexpected! I love the first couple, especially the first one. Also loved the abstract one (that gives the eyes a rest). The colours are beautiful.

  5. How beautiful and interesting. Even more reasons for going to Santa Fe!

  6. Wow, these are fascinating and I’d kind of love to go see them in person. I need to plan a trip to Santa Fe!

  7. Mar says:

    I love the mix of contemporary and traditional! Great pictures!

  8. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Carol,
    I counted 12 photos. How long did it take you to put all this together? Impressive! I shared on Google+

  9. Mind-bending creativity!! A must-share on the Fuze Publishing Facebook page. Thanks so much for this blog.

  10. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and colorful art with us all on Fridays Blog Booster Party. It must be a very interesting gallery.

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