Lloyd "Kiva" New: Touching Native Inspiration

Touching Native Inspiration location:

El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Touching Native Inspiration times and
ticket prices:

Admission is free with the purchase
of tickets to The Antique American Indian
Art Show Santa Fe


Touching Native Inspiration
2014 exhibit dates:

August 19-21

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Lloyd "Kiva" New: Touching Native Inspiration

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This wall-hung exhibition presents a series of interpretative textile reproductions of Lloyd New's early fashion fabrics from the Aysen New Collection, photographic portraits and watercolor images from the Archives at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and reproduction prints of his paintings from the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). As testament to Lloyd New's creative legacy, this exhibition also presents textile reproductions of student work from the MoCNA Collection, and an original series of paintings by Rylan Bourke, a recent IAIA graduate. Curated by Rose Marie Cutropia, another recent IAIA graduate, the exhibition demonstrates Lloyd New's artistic genius and his long-standing influence on Native American art and artists.

Lloyd New's successful fashion and design career began shortly after World War II with the opening of the Kiva Craft Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. By combining his love of traditionally woven and hand-dyed textiles with his vast knowledge of Native symbolism, Mr. New developed artistic clothing collections that became the basis for Native American haute couture. Using his Cherokee heritage as inspiration, Lloyd New's work broke many Native American art, design, and fashion stereotypes. No longer restricted by a traditional two-dimensional approach to art, Lloyd New's work encouraged other Native artists to use their cultural heritage as inspiration for creating contemporary art.

Hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1962 to create the art curriculum at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Lloyd New developed an innovative program that encouraged young Native artists to use their cultural heritage as inspiration for creating contemporary art.