Just a few hours into the 95th Indian Market, I already felt the energizing effects of being in the presence of art and artists, both of which surrounded me at the Edge preview and reception and IM Kickoff Party.
As guests mingled over signature cocktails and lively conversation, models lit up the runway in original creations by some of Native America’s most noted designers, including Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), Orlando Dugi (Navajo), mother and daughter team Maya Stewart and Jimmie Carole Fife (Muscogee-Chickasaw-Choctaw), and Decontie & Brown (Penobscot), whose contemporary interpretations of yesteryear’s tribal attire are nothing short of living narrative.
“Each outfit has a story,” said Decontie & Brown designer, Jason K. Brown (Penobscot). “They’re all based on traditional designs, reimagined, and incorporate tribal elements,” he continued, pointing to a wide, silver bracelet embellished with sections of woven ash splints, and another set with native Maine quartz druzy.
The dance-inducing beats of the DJs spin added another sensorial component to the evening’s high-energy vibe, as did the jammin’ brassy selection of the band in the courtyard. Friday’s Edge highlights include a digital dome installation by Feather Metsch (Odawa), glassworks by Ira Lujan (Taos Pueblo), and ceramic figures and paintings by Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo).
With two consecutive, well-attended, generously supported receptions to its credit, it appears Indian Market Edge has secured its footing as a permanent extension of the larger, more rule-bound institution.
As the hour-long press preview wound down to a casual crawl, an eager crowd filled the spacious rooms to view film (a digital dome/360° projection surface) to fashion teaser to Miloshkas (Crow Scout), jewelry, Taos artist Ira Lujan’s glass sculpture installation to Kathleen Wall’s portrait installations that combine landscape paintings and ceramic portrait, Edge a space to contemplate the art in a way impossible in a hectic booth.
Third time’s a charm: Another success in 2017 will give Edge the edge on staying power. See you there! —rmd