SANTA FE — The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture opens Landscape of an Artist:Living Treasure, Dan Namingha, an exhibition of eleven works in various media by the artist, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20.
Every year at Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture honors an artist as a MIAC Living Treasure. And, this year the MIAC Living Treasure honor goes to Dan Namingha (Tewa/Hopi).
Museum director Della Warrior said, “Dan Namingha is part of a distinguished family of artists. He’s the great-great-grandson of famed Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (1856-1942) and his sons Arlo and Michael are artists as well. Dan is a highly regarded artist for works that respectfully interpret Native culture and demonstrate his concern for Mother Earth. And, it is with great pleasure that MIAC presents this exhibition of his work, Landscape of an Artist, in conjunction with Dan being honored as this year’s Living Treasure.”
During the opening, the film Dan Namingha: Seeking Center in Two Worlds (PBS, 1992, 25:39), screens at 1 p.m. followed by a Q & A with the artist at 2 p.m.
From the film notes; “For painter and sculptor Dan Namingha, life and art are about balance. Balance between the high stakes art world and his American Indian origins; balance between his distinctive abstract painting and sculpting, and his expression of the ideas and concepts of his native religion; and balance between his Hopi and Tewa origins and the dominant Anglo culture.”
Landscape of an Artist:Living Treasure, Dan Namingha, opens from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 20, and runs through mid-September 2016 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill. Public information at 505.476.1269. Admission to the opening is free to NM residents with ID. Seating to the film is very limited and is first-come, first-served.
About The Artist
Born and raised on the Hopi reservation, Dan Namingha’s work is inspired by the Southwest region and subjects within his culture. For the past five decades his work has continuously evolved as he has refined his studio practice by experimenting with different mediums and techniques. Throughout this evolution, Namingha has employed alterations and abstractions to give the viewer a mere impression or glimpse of the subjects and landscapes. This process allows him to share sacred aspects of his culture in familiar forms with the public, while still protecting the sanctity of his Hopi and Tewa culture. Namingha’s work has garnered praise and has been well received on both the national and international art scene at numerous exhibitions.
His work has been shown internationally and is in numerous museum and private collections, among them the British Royal Collection, London’ the Denver Art Museum, The Heard Museum, and both the New Mexico Museum of Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. In 2009 Namingha was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
ABOUT NATIVE TREASURES
Namingha will serve as the ambassador for MIAC’s Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, which features more than 200 artists from more than 40 tribes and pueblos and takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-29, 2016 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Native Treasures is MIAC’s largest fundraiser with artists generously donating a portion of their sales to MIAC. Featured will be museum-quality work in pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles, and other art.
Artists are invited to participate and new talent is invited to participate each year. Each year, the award for the Living Treasure artist is an original piece of art made and presented by the previous year’s Living Treasure honoree. Last year’s award recipient were sisters Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi. Also that evening is a special sale of art created around the theme “Mother Earth.” Hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne will be served. Tickets for the Friday party are $125 and are also available as part of Native Treasures sponsorships. For more information about Native Treasures visit www.nativetreasures.org.