Phoenix Creatives Shake Up Santa Fe Indian Market

Categories: Visual Art

Kate Crowley
Breeze at Blue Rain Gallery/Jacob Meders at MoCNA/Ladies of Presence 4.0

It could be said that Phoenix creatives had a super-secret meetup in Santa Fe this past weekend. Except, most everything they did was publicized in advance. Were you paying attention? Yep, Phoenix movers and shakers took the Santa Fe Indian Market by storm. Here's a recap of some of what went down (complete with pictures) so you won't feel left out.

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Kate Crowley
Mural by Doug Miles, Yatika Fields and Thomas "Breeze" Marcus

Jake Meders and Steven Yazzie have work on display at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, also home to the launch of the Paul Frank/Native Artists collection. MoCNA hosted a panel about the collection featuring soon-to-be Phoenician and Native Appropriations blogger Adrienne Keene.

Saban Brands/Paul Frank
Adrienne Keene (center) sits on the panel at MoCNA with Dr. Jessica Metcalfe (left) and Tracy Bunkoczy of Paul Frank

Meders' exhibition "Divided Lines" emulates historic woodcuts on paper so long it barely fit inside his studio. It's a beautiful yet structured look at the misrepresentation of indigenous peoples in North America by artists of 15th and 16th century European society. By incorporating an aesthetic that emulates the historic woodcuts, Meders' panoramic installation is one not to miss. Yazzie's "The Mountain" is a video installation that centers on themes of urbanization and land set against the backdrop of Navajo sacred mountains. Both shows are on display through the end of the year.

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