Here, Now and Always
Join us for the reopening of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s core exhibition, Here, Now and Always. When the original exhibition opened 25 years ago, it set a new a standard for collaborating and partnering with Indigenous communities, foregrounding the voices and narratives of Native people throughout the Southwest. In this spirit, the renewed and reimagined Here, Now and Always showcases never-before seen items, state of the art technology, and the next generation’s perspectives, illustrating the ways in which the past informs the future, and further positioning MIAC as a world-renowned resource for understanding Native lives, arts, and cultures today.
- Cycles: Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), John Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
- Ancestors: Dr. Maxine McBrinn, Dr. Joseph “Woody” Aguilar (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
- Community: Dr. Maxine McBrinn, Angelo Joaquin, Jr. (Tohono O’odham), Lillia McEnaney
- Home: Ulysses Reid (Zia Pueblo)
- Trade and Exchange: Cathy Notarnicola, DY Begay (Navajo), Lillia McEnaney
- Arts: Valerie Verzuh, Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo)
- Language and Song: Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), Angelo Joaquin, Jr. (Tohono O’odham), Dr. Christine Sims (Acoma Pueblo)
- Survival and Resilience: Diane Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Kim Suina Melwani (Cochiti Pueblo), Lola Henio (Ramah Navajo)
When Here, Now and Always opened in 1997 after 10 years in the making, it was celebrated nationally as a visionary new exhibition model that utilized the voices and participation of Native peoples in its creation. Today, in assessing the exhibition’s lessons and legacies, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture has turned again to its tribal partners to revitalize Here, Now and Always with new perspectives, technologies and exhibition techniques that share the ever-evolving cultural histories and identities of Native peoples.
The revitalization will refresh the exhibition’s central stories and themes by presenting the shared and individual narratives of Native peoples across the Southwest. Gallery spaces will be re-imagined and transformed with new scholarship and state-of-the-art displays that re-engage visitors in the transformative experience of Native life and culture. Select artifacts from the museum’s extensive collections will strengthen the narrative and allow for the important conservation of objects from the original display.
All told, the updates will emphasize the endurance of Native communities and traditions through time while reflecting the changes and challenges of modern-day life. As a result, visitors’ understanding and experience of the rich beauty, profound traditions and powerful resilience of Native peoples will be enhanced.
Listen to podcast Encounter Culture, A Circle That Begins Anywhere: Here, Now and Always at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture with Tony Chavarria and Lillia McEnaney
Read the El Palacio story, Collaboration, Multivocality, and Authority
View the Here, Now and Always video here.