“Indian artists have been designers forever,” said Lloyd Kiva New. “At present, the institute is to train fine artists. Just think what we could contribute if we launched a series of programs in the area of design. Ultimately, we would have a whole new set of Indian furniture designers, fabric designers, fashion designers.”
The Story of Lloyd Kiva New
Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Celebration
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA): Lloyd Kiva New: Art, Design, and Influence
The exhibit featured paintings from New’s personal collection, including many never put on display for the public. In addition, the exhibit examined the innovation of New’s Native Modernism fashion and textile designs through a reproduction of his Kiva Studio in the 1950s. The exhibit featured forty printed textiles that Kiva’s students created, focusing on the influence and inspiration he had on others. Visitors were also given the opportunity to create their works based on New’s inspirations.
The exhibit consisted of an analysis of the legacy of New by using photos, archives, objects, and recollections to help tell the story of Lloyd Kiva New.
The exhibit showcased the artwork by former and present IAIA faculty and alumni, showing the contribution these artists have made in contemporary art.
The American Craft Council declared Lloyd Kiva New an honorary fellow in 1976, and Santa Fe declared him a Living Treasure in 1989. New was also an adviser to the National Museum of the American Indian. The Art Institute of Chicago bestowed an honorary doctorate upon him in 2000.
Lloyd Kiva New Film Trailer
This trailer, “Lloyd Kiva New: An American Entrepreneur” was released in 2020: