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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Ranked #40 of 280 things to do in Santa Fe
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Owner description: Unique Native American art museum.
Reviewed April 16, 2013

The inside of the museum itself seemed to be bereft of anything of interest. We looked at a painting on the wall and said, "You've got to be kidding!" So we almost immediately made our way to the sculpture garden just outside the museum.This was where we spent our time snapping photos of one or two of us standing beside the various Indians depicted in stone. In the bright sunlight the pictures came out so well that we used them in cards and calendars that we created after we returned from the trip to Santa Fe.

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Fantastic collection of Contemporary Native American Arts! Visit all the art museums and compare the Spanish Colonia to Native American, etc. Fantastic experiences! Great place to visit! So much for everyone to see! Staff is always helpful! I have been here several times over the years.

Thank El-Viador
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Santa Fe has a lot of museums and enormous history, but don't miss the museum dedicated to what's going on in present time with Native artists in New Mexico. Located right on the plaza across from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, MoCNA currently has an exhibition called "Thicker than Water" that is a mixed media exhibit that is quite eye opening in it's focus on what it takes to be enrolled in a tribe, people who are clearly Native who have been forced out for a blood line considered insufficient, and the line of memory and culture that define a people.

There are other wonderful installations, but what was most moving to me was the incredible film called "Moccassins and Microphones" — as the website says, " a documentary film by Cordillera Productions, explores the fascinating world of a dynamic team of indigenous youth writers from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) in New Mexico. Led by teacher and poet Timothy McLaughlin, the SFIS Spoken Word Program." This had me by the heart, stirring tears at the beauty of the art of storytelling these young artists brought to life—and have brought to national and international audiences. Give yourself the 45 minutes to watch this film while visiting MoCNA—one of the most inspiring stories I've seen in a long time.

Sunday at the museum (like many others) is free for New Mexico residents, and admission is otherwise very reasonable for visitors. Museums are not just for history, but very much for spotlighting our incredible present time stories and arts!

1  Thank Marielle O
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

I guess it may depend upon the work being shown at the time, but we were totally mystified and bored here - left quickly feeling ripped off. I think a lot of other visitors felt the same that day.
I guess the goal is to give young native artists a chance to be seen, and that is good, but I would really take issue with the curating and organization of the shows.

Thank poplarNewfoundland
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is one of the best native arts museums in the country. I collect native contemporary art and have enjoyed touring the revolving exhibitions of some of our most outstanding artist in this field. Santa Fe is blessed with many of the fantastic contemporary artist in todays art market. What a great place to view and enjoy their works!

Thank John J
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