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'Corn Maiden' by Jason Garcia

The first installment of the Millicent Rogers Museum’s “New Mexico Artists” series, New Mexico A-i-R: IAIA Artist Residents in Visual Dialogue (Oct. 11-Jan. 29) features 10 Native American artists who have participated or are participating in the Institute of American Indian Arts Artist-in-Residence (IAIA A-i-R) program. 

Based in New Mexico, featured artists are Heidi Brandow, Orlando Dugi, Jason Garcia, Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Ian Kuali’i, Linda Lomahaftewa, Erica Lord, Margarita Paz-Pedro, Cara Romero, and Adrian Wall. 

The exhibition marks the first collaboration of this kind for the IAIA A-i-R, and the Millicent Rogers Museum, which is honored to host this exceptional group of artists in Taos. The partnership between a museum devoted to the arts and cultures of the Southwest and an institution devoted to empowering creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures lends itself to expanded understandings of Native American arts practices in the Southwest. 

Dr. Lara Evans (Cherokee Nation), IAIA A-i-R program director, and Dr. Michelle Lanteri, Millicent Rogers Museum curator of collections and exhibitions, implemented this partnership. The exhibition is curated by Lanteri and Dawning Pollen Shorty, an IAIA alumna of Taos Pueblo, Diné, and Lakota heritage. 

New Mexico A-i-R facilitates a unique opportunity for direct dialogue between the visual languages that these artists use to communicate concepts about complex identities and place-based exchanges. The exhibition considers both the cross-cultural and inter species connections in the ways that relationships to home become the central axis for these artworks created in a variety of media. 

The artists’ different approaches to their visual languages also reflect their diverse backgrounds. They carry the boundaries of their art beyond those of earlier generations while inspiring the next generation to push their practices even further. Forthcoming programming includes virtual panel discussions and artist demonstrations. 

Located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in Taos, the Millicent Rogers Museum celebrates and shares the arts and cultures of the Southwest. It serves as a memorial to Millicent Rogers (1902-1953), a Standard Oil heiress whose inspiration, patronage, and collections form the core of the museum’s holdings. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. From November through March, the museum will be closed on Wednesdays. General admission is $10, with free admission daily for veterans, members, and children 12 and under. Taos County residents receive free entry to the museum every Sunday.

For more information, contact Michelle Lanteri, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Millicent Rogers Museum at 575-758-2462 extension 208, email michelle@millicentrogers.org.

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