Variations on a Loom, Master Navajo Weavers from Crystal Trading Post During the J.B. Moore Era, curated by Anne & Robert Smith

This will be the second time a J.B.Moore Collection of this size will be on public view. The Smith’s have the most complete collections of J.B. Moore rugs known today and the exhibition will feature over 50 pieces. Smith began feverishly collecting the textiles in 2007, captivated by the beauty of the designs and the colorful history of J.B Moore.

Born in Texas, J.B. Moore established the Crystal Trading Post, in Crystal, New Mexico, in 1896. Near the Narbona Pass, the trading post’s location was thought to be one of the coldest and most isolated places in the Navajo Nation. It was in 1903 J.B. Moore began publishing a mail-order catalog featuring a collection of hand-woven Navajo rugs that for the first time incorporated Oriental motifs into the traditional indigenous designs. J.B. Moore is credited by many for his influence on the design and marketing success of these weavings using catalogs to reach consumers throughout the United States. Moore was also the first trader to honor his Navajo weavers by placing their names with their creations in his 2nd catalog. There are 14 named weavers in this 2nd catalog with some of them having multiple weavings/designs. The rugs now are one of the most coveted and hard to find Navajo textiles.

Moore published his last catalog in 1911. Where he went next and why is unverified but his legacy of introducing these weavings to the broader public has become legend 

SPECIAL EXHIBITION Looking Forward through the Past: Contemporary Native American Art, curated by James Trotta-Bono

Rooted in tradition, Native artists today are creating dynamic cross-cultural dialogues examining our past and reinterpreting our shared future. Through these voices, we are witness to a continuing narrative of ancestral knowledge. Each generation standing upon the shoulders of the previous. This connection to the past has uniquely served Native artists and by extension - the larger art community.

This August, Trotta-Bono Contemporary will present a cross-section of artwork by these integral figures of the 20th and 21st Century.

Akoota ooshchi ka tapihk / Viewpoint, by multidisciplinary Cree-Metis sensation Jason Baerg. Metis artist Jason Baerg will display his laser cut painting (ladder) installation series, alongside a new series of print works. As a first generation new media artist, Jason Baerg forged towards unique ways to utilize emergent 2D, 3D, interactive, immersive and fabrication technologies. Baerg’s multimedia bodies of works envision Indigenous futurities through expansive visual forms and immersive optical experience.
~ Presented by Fazakas Gallery

Shake, Rattle & Roll, by Richard Glazer Danay, presented by Trotta-Bono Contemporary. Richard Glazer Danay is a well-regarded multimedia artist who works in paintings, assemblage, and more. He graduated from California State University, Northridge, and holds two M.F.A degrees from California State University, Chico, and the University of California, Davis. Glazer Danay was the Rupert Costo Chair of American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, and taught at California State University, Long Beach, where he earned the title of professor emeritus. He also served as a commissioner on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. His art has been featured in many important institutions including the British Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Richard’s art has been inspired by his various occupations, his sense of California, and his Native culture. “I was an iron worker, dishwasher, I worked at the Whisky a Go Go in L.A., I was Dean Martin’s bodyguard," he says. "The sixties weren’t a real big influence, more like the fifties, like Hollywood Boulevard, the garishness and the excess. The neon signs.”

A mesmerizing display of Australian Aboriginal Master Artists will be hosted by Natalie Holubnytschyj of Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery in her first trip abroad since Covid-19. Natalie has amassed an amazing 30 years dealing with Australian Aboriginal art and its great artists. Her career began as a teen in her father’s galleries in Melbourne and Alice Springs in the late 1990s where she cultivated working relationships with major artists and their families. This can best be seen with the Possum family. Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, considered one of the forefathers of the Aboriginal art movement, had a close bond with the Hollow’s and lived with Natalie and her family in Sydney for a period of time. Natalie has spent countless hours watching him paint and listening to his stories. This family bond has also encapsulated working relationships with his daughters, Gabriella and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi, and his grandchildren who are also starting their artist endeavors. Natalie has worked closely with Gabriella and has been a fan of her Milky Way series since the early 1990s.

Fazakas Gallery will present Solo exhibition by Rande Cook, multimedia artist.

Rande Cook is a multimedia artist born in culture-rich Alert Bay. Surrounded by the beauty of the land and art, he found his passion for artistic creativity at an early age as he studied traditional jewelry and carving techniques under several master craftsmen including carver John Livingston (1951-2019).


Indigenous Celebration NM 2022 / IC22
A yearlong overarching marketing campaign with a peak time period in August 2022
Forty-two of New Mexico’s leading cultural and artistic institutions, organizations, and businesses are banding together for the first time ever in 2022 in celebration of the exceptional Indigenous masters, their art, and their venerable Indigenous and cultural institutions — several of which are marking major anniversaries this year.  

SWAIA’s Indian Market Centennial Year
August 2022
As is evident, this celebration only takes place once every 100 years! Objects of Art Shows is celebrating this Centennial Year in a collective effort to transform and expand the direction of American Indian art. SWAIA will be the beneficiary of Objects of Art & American Indian/Tribal Santa Fe. 100% of the benefit proceeds go to SWAIA.

Art Indigenous Santa Fe (a SWAIA production)
Postponed to 2023
*A brand-new show at El Museo Cultural!
Art Indigenous Santa Fe, a cutting-edge Contemporary North American Indigenous Art Fair, will debut in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this August! The new gallery-focused art show will feature sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and performance from worldwide galleries exhibiting contemporary Indigenous artists from the United States and Canada. The four-day art show will be held at Santa Fe’s El Museo Cultural, located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. The show will commence with a VIP Opening Night Party.

“As Santa Fe Indian Market celebrates one hundred years this August, we are committed to expanding our audience and including contemporary Indigenous artists — alongside SWAIA’s century-old market that attracts approximately 120,000 visitors the third weekend of August. There are numerous worldwide galleries exhibiting North American Indigenous contemporary art and we’d like to invite these galleries to join us in Santa Fe,” said SWAIA’s executive director, Kim Peone (Colville/Eastern Band of Cherokee). “Our intention is to create a Santa Fe-based art show that eventually becomes the Art Basel for Indigenous North American contemporary art.

Previous Special Exhibits, TALKS & BOOK SIGNINGS

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Click here for 2021's Events, Talks & Book Signings.
Click here for 2019's Events.
Click here for 2018's Talks.
Click here for 2018's Event, An Exhibition of George and Mira Nakashima Furniture
Click here for 2018's Event, Maynard Dixon’s New Mexico Centennial
Click here for 2018's Event, Navajo Germantown Weaving: First Modern Art- 1870-1900
Click here for 2018's Event, Indian School Days debut book signing by author, Mark Sublette
Click here for 2017's Talks & Book Signings.
Click here for 2017's Exhibit, The World In New Mexico, New Mexico In The World.
Click here for 2017's Exhibit, Homage To The Square.
Click here for 2017's Exhibit, The DUKE and I - Designer showcase presented by THE Magazine.
Click here for 2017's Exhibit, MARFA MODERN: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert Book Signing
& Lecture with Author Helen Thompson
Click here for 2016's Exhibit, On the Frontier: the art of Jose Bedia.
Click here for 2016's Exhibit, Woven in Beauty: 100 Years of Navajo Master Weavers from
The Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Region.

Click here for 2016's Book Signing, The Butterfly Twins with author Mark Sublette.
Click here for 2015's Exhibit, Chilkat Blankets: Artistic Masterpieces.
Click here for 2015's Exhibit, Deeply Yao.
Click here for 2014's Exhibit, Born of Fire by Margaret Tafoya: Santa Clara Pueblo Potter.
Click here for 2013's Exhibit, THE RALPH T. COE LEGACY - Instruments of Passion.
Click here for 2013's Exhibit, A SEPARATE COUNTRY - The Creative Journey of Larry John Palsson.
Click here for 2012's Exhibit, Shields as Art: Selections from the Taylor A. Dale Collection.