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What’s New Contemporary Native Artist Speak

Diverse Arts with Ross Chaney and Cliff Fragua

May 5, 2013 2:00 pm through 3:00 pm

Diverse Arts with Ross Chaney and Cliff Fragua. Lecture Series start at 2pm in the MIAC theater, seating is limited. This speaker series highlights artists in our newest exhibit "What's New in New: Recent Recent Acquisitions"

Ross Chaney, a self-taught multi-media artist who works in film, video, installation, painting, drawing and digital imagery. Chaney, Osage Tribe and Cherokee Nation, grew up in Oklahoma. During his childhood, he dealt with recurrent themes of loss, the challenges of fitting in and ultimately, self-discovery though self-expression, while his mother championed education as a way to rise above and not get lost in the fray. He studied at the Oklahoma University. He received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and Chaney says, it was “the key thing that set me free.” He studied Japanese art, culture and language and earned two master’s degrees by age 25. Chaney is a believer in the transformative power of art, in freedom of expression and in the power of intention. If you ask him what he hopes to accomplish by sharing his creations, his answer is succinct and strong: “It’s unlimited. To be the change and to change the world.”

 

Native Pueblo sculptor, Cliff Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), has learned the secret of the stone through his cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, his work shows pride for his culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. He has chosen stone as his medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. Since 1974, when he created his first stone sculpture, Fragua has created a significant body of work that keeps evolving with the artist’s new influences and new interests. His sculptures are featured in such public locations as the Albuquerque International Airport and in permanent collections throughout the country. He has been included in major invitational exhibitions and one-man shows in leading museums and galleries and has earned highest honors and awards for his sculptures. 

This exhibition highlights new additions to the MIAC/LAB collections from recent years. The focus is on modern and contemporary Native art including paintings, monotypes, pottery and sculpture ranging from 1968 to 2012. Approximately 35 works will be featured representing artists such as Samuel Manymules, Marla Allison, David Bradley, Ambrose Atencio, Ross Chaney and Fritz Scholder.  

FREE admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID, and always free admission for 16 and younger, and MNMF members.