Year-long Centennial Celebration of the Prominent Artist
Published January 11, 2016
SANTA FE — This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style. Locally, New, a Cherokee, is known as the Institute of American Indian Art’s (IAIA) first artistic director, yet nationally, Native people refer to him as the “Godfather of Native Fashion.”
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the New Mexico Museum of Art will each present an exhibition in 2016 focusing on key aspects of Lloyd Kiva New’s (1916 – 2002) significant contributions to contemporary Native culture. Additionally, the three institutions are planning a symposium, multiple lectures, panel discussions, a fashion show, Gala, and, as pure celebration, a 100th birthday party.
For the past two years the museums have worked to honor New’s iconic status with many items on view from their respective holdings, from his widow Aysen New’s collection, and items rarely on public display from important private collections.
The schedule of the three museums’ exhibitions and events is:
Opening first is the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art’s Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence which draws on three major themes of his legacy, each tied to his innovative concepts in Native art and culturally-based education.
Lloyd Kiva New: Art includes paintings by New from his personal collection, completed between 1938-1995, many never before shown in a museum or in a gallery. Lloyd Kiva New: Design presents the artist as an innovator of Native Modernism through fashion and textile design in an interpretive reproduction of the Kiva Studio – New’s successful 1950s showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lloyd Kiva New: Influence features over forty printed textiles created by IAIA students during the 1960s and 1970s under New’s artistic direction – drawn from the permanent collection of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Additionally, patrons will be able to “create” their own designs based on New’s work, through an interactive display created by New Mexico’s leader in interactives, Ideum. Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence hopes to illuminate Lloyd Kiva New’s artistic abilities, his successful fashion career, and profound impact on contemporary Native art.
A “soft” opening for the exhibition is scheduled for January 22, 2016 and it will run through July 31, 2016 – although Lloyd Kiva New: Art will remain open until September 1, 2016.
The official opening of the exhibit and reception will be held on February 18, 2016 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of New’s birth. Aysen New will co-host the “birthday party” at the museum.