Vision Project - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Vision Project is a Ford Foundation initiative whose goals are to establish an Indigenous discourse that reflects the vibrancy and potency of the contemporary Native arts field at its most current level of activity.

The Vision Project serves as a platform to chart the future direction of the field, thus acknowledging Indigenous creativity as a complex and layered space for cultural expression. (MoCNA, 2012).

You can download an excellent curriculum guide - Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism (MoCNA, 2011) - that will help you consider visual art in relation to history and culture explored through the work of a number of contemporary Native artists.

The project also has an accompanying book Manifestations,  highlighting the work and biographies of sixty contemporary Native artists who have made central contributions to the contemporary Native art field. The publication features sixty biographical essays by fourteen Indigenous authors (curators, art historians, anthropologists and academics), more than 100 full color reproductions four contextual essays by senior theorists and scholars; and forewords by the MoCNA Director, Patsy Phillips and the Vision Project manager, Will Wilson (MoCNA, 2012). and you can read some of the abstracts here.

Keywords: Contemporary Native Arts Curatorial Practice

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