A center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), MoCNA is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture.
Close to 7,500 artworks in the collection include paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, contemporary apparel, textiles, cultural arts, new media and installations. Many prominent contemporary artists are represented, such as Tony Abeyta, Allan Houser, and Fritz Scholder–to name a few.
Native American works include cultural heritage while exploring modern art movements
Mural project explores the parallels of geometric forms with Indigenous language, culture, and abstraction
Bronze, wood, and encaustic figures serve as storytellers of family history and personal experience
Abstract landscapes reflect a spontaneous painting method inspired by abstract expressionism and the inner self
Contemporary basketry and architecture that blend traditional craft with modern design
5 animated films of traditional Navajo stories created in collaboration with Navajo art students and elders