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November is Native American Heritage Month and MAM joins in celebrating the rich histories, culture, and important contributions of our nation’s First Peoples.

This month MAM will spotlight its nationally renowned Native American collection of more than 4000 works – spanning the period of approximately 1200 C.E. to the present day, including a growing array of works by leading contemporary artists – and offer a lineup of programming that celebrates the role of Indigenous communities in our society and the visual arts in America.
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MAM Conversations: Kay WalkingStick

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

FREE for members

Through the lens of her own Native identity, Kay WalkingStick combines Modernist abstraction and landscape painting to explore feminism, connection to the land, and her own personal history. Join MAM’s Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky for a conversation about WalkingStick’s work in MAM’s collection, her blockbuster retrospective Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist organized by the National Museum of the American Indian, and recent projects.

Photo: © 2014 Julia Maloof Verderosa

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Headshot of Kay walkingstick by Julia Maloof Verderosa 2014.
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Sunday Studio

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 1–2 p.m.

FREE for members

Connect with friends and family near and far in our virtual studio space and enjoy learning about art and being creative together! We'll create a family totem pole with animals from our community as we look at totem poles from MAM’s collection and around our country. Make sure to gather your materials at home!

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Totem pole project featuring a cardinal, rabbit, cat and dog from top to bottom. Bottom right corner has NAtive American HEritage month logo.
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Surprises From the Vault

November 16, 2020, 12 p.m.

Tune in to MAM's monthly Facebook Live event where the Registrar Staff, Osanna Urbay and Betty Jarvis, bring us their favorite pieces from the MAM Vault.

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Title card from a surprises from the vault video.
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Homeschool Day

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual tour of Montclair Art Museum, right from your home, followed by an art-making studio workshop led by our talented teaching artists over the Zoom platform. This month we'll take a walk in Native American shoes by taking a look at traditional Plains Native American moccasins from our collection. We will then design our own while learning about symmetry, symbols, and mixed media. Make sure to gather your materials at home!

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Explore art by Native American artists
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Odyssey of the Venutian Soldiers Light Box

Virgil Ortiz: Odyssey of the Venutian Soldiers

Inspired by the 1680 Pueblo Revolt around Santa Fe, New Mexico, renowned artist Virgil Ortiz of Cochiti Pueblo creates artwork that makes past and future come alive. Many Native people consider the uprising in 1680 against the Spanish oppressors to be the first American Revolution. Ortiz has recently created a series of sci-fi versions of the Revolt, with fantastic characters fighting in 2180 alongside the original Pueblo heroes facing the demise of the Pueblo world. Engaged with high fashion ever since a collaboration with Donna Karan in 2002, Ortiz created the striking uniform worn by the aeronaut warrior Neena, appearing in Rand Gallery in mannequin form.

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two visitors looking at art in the rand native american gallery.

Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America

MAM's renowned permanent collection includes over 4,000 pieces of Native art. The present exhibition in the Rand Gallery traces the evolution of Native art by revealing human stories that tell of the great resiliency of Indigenous artists and how they maintained or altered their artistic traditions while adapting to ever-changing conditions.

To learn more about local and national Indigenous peoples and organizations, check out: