Exhibition on Lloyd Kiva New and the Institute of American Indian Arts Opens

Apr 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

The influence of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA’s) first artistic director, will be highlighted in the exhibition, Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA. The showcase will also include work from IAIA faculty and alumni from the 1960s to the present.

New (1916-2002) was the school’s arts director and later institutional director until he retired in 1978. He encouraged students to look at innovative techniques and forms, from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous sources, as a path to creating contemporary Native art.

IAIA’s founding in 1962 intersects with a significant moment in the history of western art when ethnicity and culture, political ideology, feminism, and the inclusion of personal narratives became legitimate forms of expression in mainstream contemporary art. IAIA’s early years were also an era of consciousness-raising. The first generation of faculty and students at IAIA drew inspiration from contemporary art movements of the 1960s, such as pop and abstract expressionism. Later generations have been influenced by post-modernism and more recent trends. Artists such as Fritz Scholder and his student, T.C. Cannon, for example, addressed Indian stereotypes; others, such as Neil Parsons and Linda Lomahaftewa, explored more abstract styles that retained referents to tribal culture and identity. Looking at the issues of identity still being raised in contemporary Native American art, it is clear that the artwork of the 1960s and 70s began a conversation that continues to this day.

Finding a Contemporary Voice complements concurrent exhibitions at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art. All three exhibitions and associated symposia, lectures, and other events celebrate the centennial of Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New’s birth by focusing on key aspects of his significant contributions to contemporary Native culture. Finding a Contemporary Voice opens Saturday, May 21, 2016 and runs through Oct. 10, 2016. Please visit the Museum of Art’s website for more information about the exhibition and related programs.

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