SANTA FE — When the exhibition Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser closes on the weekend of May 30, it will be the final opportunity to view 20 monumental sculptures by 13 of the most celebrated Native artists who were influenced by Allan Houser.
This landmark exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) marked the 100th anniversary of Houser’s birth. To commemorate this landmark exhibition’s closing, the museum is presenting Farewell to Footprints 1-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
Highlights of this free with museum admission celebration are film screenings, panel discussions, an artist meet-and-greet reception, and dance performances.
Artist Steve LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine) will MC the event featuring many and honored special guests, among them; members of Allan Houser’s family, Bob Haozous (Chiricahua Apache) and Phillip Mangas Haozous (Chiricahua Apache); Footprints sculptors Oreland C. Joe, Sr. (Southern Ute/Navajo), Cliff Fraqua (Jemez Pueblo), Rollie Grandbois (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), and Tony Lee (Navajo); Cirque du Soleil performer and six-time world champion Hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine/Tewa); and the evening will end with a Round Dance with everyone invited to join.
Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser opened Aug. 3, 2014 and closes Sunday, May 31.
Light refreshments will be served and food and beverage will be available for purchase atFarewell to Footprints. Events are free with museum admission, outside events after 5 p.m. on Milner Plaza are free to all.
Schedule of Events:
(In the Kathryn O’Keefe Theatre)
Welcome by Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria), director, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
1pm Geronimo, An American Legend (115 min) starring Wes Studi (Cherokee), with Robert Duvall, Matt Damon, Gene Hackman. “The story of an Apache chief and his armed resistance to the US Government’s subjugation of his people.” (IMDb)
3pm Geronimo, An American Legend panel discussion moderated by Wes Studi, with Michael Darrow (Ft. Sill Apache Tribe) consultant to the film and tribal historian, and Chairman Jeff Haozous (Ft. Sill Apache Tribe).
4pm Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family (33 min) about Allan Houser and the legacy of one Apache family.
“In decades past, Native American artists who wanted to sell to mainstream collectors had little choice but to create predictable, Hollywood-style western scenes. Then came a generation of painters and sculptors led by Allan Houser (or Haozous), a Chiricahua Apache artist with no interest in stereotyped imagery and a belief that his own rich heritage was compatible with modernist ideas and techniques. Narrated by actor Val Kilmer and originally commissioned as part of an exhibit of Houser’s work at the Oklahoma History Center, this program depicts the artist’s tribal ancestry, his rise to regional and national acclaim, and the continuing success of his sons as they expand upon and depart from their father’s achievements. Key works are documented, as is Houser’s tenure at the Santa Fe-based Institute of American Indian Arts.”
4:30pm Unconquered panel discussion moderated by David Rettig, curator, Allan Houser, Inc., with Phillip Mangas Haozous, Bob Haozous, Mrs. Allan Houser (Anna) (On Milner Plaza).
5pm Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Exhibition comments by Della Warrior with David Rettig.
6pm Artist Meet-and-Greet with Phillip Mangas Haozous, Bob Haozous, Oreland C. Joe, Sr., Rollie Grandbois, Tony Lee.
7pm Nakotah LaRance Hoop Dance performance.
At sunset: Join the Dance of the Mountain Spirits (Gooday Family, Ft. Sill Apache Traditional Dance Group)
A Farewell to Footprints is free with museum admission. Events outside on Milner Plaza after 5 p.m. are free to all. For more information the public may call 505.476.1269. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is located on Museum Hill at 710 Camino Lejo, off Old Santa Fe Trail.