SANTA FE — The idea of apocalypse is not foreign to the art world. Artists throughout time have grappled with ideas about the buildup to such an event, as well as its aftermath, in their artistic practice, which could manifest in portentous, grim, and possibly frightening visuality. However, is the depiction of the apocalypse necessarily an entirely dark one? In the latest exhibit at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), An Evening Redness in the West, chief curator Candice Hopkins, who is of Tlingit descent, creates an environment that explores the landscape of an apocalyptic world, investigating the doom of end times, but also their promise of a new beginning. The exhibition’s title is inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, in which a disparate group of men make their way violently across the American Southwest and Mexico.
Native American Artists Envision a Sublime Apocalypse