Heard Museum’s Indian Fair and Market

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Heard Museum´s Indian Fair and Market. For two days Heard Museum invites more than 600 Native American artists and artisans to show their work, making it the largest market of it’s kind in Arizona and second largest in the US. There will also be live performances, storytellings and craft-making events.  

This year the Best of Show Award has been raised to 10000 $. Some of the artists taking part in the market adorn our walls here at Kiva Gallery – for instance Randy Kemp, Ira Lujan, Terrence Guardipee, Nocona Burgess, Stella Teller, and Pat Pruitt. The Heard Fair is usually a good time so we are a little sad that we are unable to attend this year. But we’re sending the artists best wishes and a little extra hooray to those represented by Kiva Gallery!

Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, March 2-3 

Skateboards, not horses.

Skateboarding occupies a central place among the younger generation of contemporary indian artists. Rather than as breaking with the past they view skateboarding and graffiti on a continuum with traditional practices such as ritual dancing and weaving. Employing a fine arts approach to disposable objects, artists often decorate skateboard decks with hand painted originals. Of course, through use these motifs would quickly wear off and become but a memory. Fleeting and vanishing … like sandpaintings.

Skateboarding in native culture has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., among others.

Check out this video by skateboarder/filmmaker Dustinn Craig



…and this teaser for my friend’s Nanna Dalunde and Douglas Miles collaborative film ”Apache Chronicle”



Come see more native skateboard culture and low-brow art at Kiva Gallery!