NAM­INGHA DAY

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Artist Dan Nam­ingha’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture, Land­scape of an Artist: Liv­ing Trea­sure Dan Nam­ingha, opens on Sun­day, March 20, and runs through Sept. 11. The show is in ad­vance of his recog­ni­tion as the MIAC’s Liv­ing Trea­sure for 2016. Nam­ingha re­ceives the award, pre­sented by last year’s win­ners, artists Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi, on May 27, dur­ing the the open­ing night of the an­nual Na­tive Trea­sures In­dian Arts Fes­ti­val at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.). The MIAC Liv­ing Trea­sure award rec­og­nizes artis­tic ex­cel­lence and com­mu­nity ser­vice among Na­tive artists.

Nam­ingha was born and raised on the Hopi reser­va­tion. He’s the great-great-grand­son of Hopi-Tewa pot­ter Nam­peyo (circa 1856-1942), one of the most rec­og­nized Hopi pot­ters. Nam­ingha is the father of artists Arlo and Michael Nam­ingha, whose work can be seen at their fam­ily-owned gallery, Ni­man Fine Art (125 Lin­coln Ave.). Nam­ingha’s ca­reer spans more than four decades, dur­ing which time he has ex­plored ab­strac­tion, min­i­mal­ism, and rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al­ism in works in­spired by the South­west­ern ter­rain and his HopiTewa cul­ture. He is an ex­per­i­menter who has ex­plored ways of im­part­ing aspects of his cul­ture that re­main re­spect­ful of the Hopi’s sa­cred cus­toms. Nam­ingha’s works are in in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Royal Col­lec­tion, Lon­don; the Den­ver Art Mu­seum; the Heard Mu­seum; the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art; and at U.S. em­bassies in Copen­hagen, Den­mark, Sene­gal, and sev­eral other places.

The Sun­day open­ing of Land­scape of an Artist in­cludes a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary Dan Nam­ingha: Seek­ing Cen­ter in Two Worlds at 1 p.m. and aQ & A with the artist at 2 p.m. En­trance to the MIAC ex­hibit is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion (there is no charge for New Mex­ico res­i­dents on Sun­days). The mu­seum is at 708 Camino Lejo; 505-476-1269. The Na­tive Trea­sures fes­ti­val takes place over Me­mo­rial Day week­end (May 27-May 29). Tick­ets for the open­ing night events are $125 and in­clude early ad­mit­tance to the ex­hibit (also at the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter) the next morn­ing. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www. mu­se­um­foun­da­tion. org / na­tive-trea­sures or by call­ing 505- 476-1247.

— Michael Abatemarco

Dan Nam­ingha

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