Opening Reception: Looking Forward Through The Past: Contemporary Native American Art Exhibition at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Presented by Trotta Bono Contemporary, Benefiting SWAIA

Held in conjunction with the Opening Reception for Objects of Art & The American Indian/Tribal Santa Fe show at El Museo Cultural, the opening for Looking Forward Through The Past: Contemporary Native American Art, previews this special exhibition of over 50 artworks from integral Indigenous Artists of the 20th and 21st Century in the El Museo Main Gallery.

Native artists today are rooted in tradition but create dynamic cross-cultural dialogues examining our past and reinterpreting our shared future.

This exhibition connects early transitional artists such as Stephen Mopope and Pop Chalee to formative artists of the 20th century such as Fritz Scholder and George Morrison with important artists of today such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Tony Abeyta. Through these diverse voices, we witness a continuing narrative of ancestral knowledge and cutting-edge progress.

The exhibition is curated by James Trotta-Bono, a leader in the emerging generation of fine art mavens based in Los Angeles.  In 2014 he founded a multi-disciplinary company, Trotta-Bono Contemporary, as a way of combining his decades-long art background with his aligned and evolving passions. James is the fine art consultant for Creative Visions Foundation of Los Angeles. He serves as the youngest board member of the EAC (Ethnic Arts Council) and is a founding member of the Hammer Museum’s Hammer Collective.

A native New Yorker born into a family art business, James is an entrepreneur serving as an artist representative, art dealer, curator, fine art consultant and philanthropist. James holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and has continued his education through specialized graduate courses in the arts. As an art dealer, his primary focus is on modern art, the art of indigenous peoples (contemporary and historic) and the work of contemporary creative activists. As a supporter of creative activists, James focuses on art that has the ability to influence social perceptions. As a philanthropist, he focuses on donating to causes that support these beliefs.

The opening reception, a benefit for SWAIA, the producers of Santa Fe Indian Market, is $100 per person. The exhibition will run in El Museo’s main gallery through the last day of this year’s Indian Market, August 21.


Aug 11 2022


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




El Museo Cultural
555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87501