2014 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker Series

Art in Flux

The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce its 2014 Speaker Series, Art in Flux, which is dedicated to discussing key issues and programs affecting artists and art institutions today. This year’s Speaker Series was developed jointly between the School for Advanced Research and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and will take place at SAR and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Over the course of three months, speakers will delve into subjects surrounding art, interpretation, and the business of art. Through lecture, discussion, and dialogue, the speakers will share their knowledge and experience in these areas. This series is open and free to the public.

Please note that reservations are required for the May 16 Transformation(s) event.

Download a flier of the 2014 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker Series (PDF, 547 KB)


Roy Kady Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Artists, Natural Resources, and the Environment Rose Simpson, Santa Clara Pueblo, sculptor
Kathy Wallace, Karuk/Yurok/Hupa Valley, basket maker
Roy Kady, Navajo, weaver
Cynthia Chavez Lamar, IARC Director, School for Advanced Research (moderator)
Today artists working in many media can face challenges in creating their work due to depleted natural resources and environmental factors. The panelists will discuss their personal experiences and share their opinions regarding these challenges and how it can potentially impact their art.
Christi Belcourt Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Sharing the Creative Spirit: Indigenous Community Art Projects Christi Belcourt and Sherry Farrell Racette, Métis, “Walking With Our Sisters”
Dylan Miner, Métis, “Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag” (Native Kids Ride Bikes)
Douglas Miles, San Carlos Apache/Akimel O’odham, Apache Skateboards
Andrea R. Hanley, Navajo, Membership and Program Manager, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (moderator)
The importance of working with local and Native communities is becoming an increasingly common theme with contemporary artists. This panel discussion will examine three such community-based projects and their impact on both a local and national scale.
Lara Evans Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Content and Analysis in Native Art: Moving Past Form and Function Lara Evans, Cherokee Nation, art historian, art history faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Kade Twist, Cherokee Nation, mixed media artist
Frank Buffalo Hyde, Nez Perce/Onondaga, painter
Carolyn Kastner, Curator, O’Keeffe Museum (moderator)
Many contemporary Native artists have expressed concern that their work is often examined in terms of materials, process, and function, while a more in-depth content analysis is overlooked. This panel discussion will take up this issue and address its history.
Postcommodity. Symposium
Friday, May 16, 2014, 1:00–6:30 pm, Free, Reservations Required Transformation(s): Cultural Spaces, Indigenous Peoples, and Arts Organizers: Patricia Baudino and Jordan Wilson, Anne Ray Interns Emanating from a place of Indigenous transformation and activism, many museums and art institutions continue to respond to the call for new practices that de-center the traditional knowledge of these institutions. These transformations are altering knowledge and practices and, arguably, their purpose. The afternoon’s events will include panels consisting of curators, artists, scholars, and museum professionals who will discuss these transformations in the arts and culture fields.

Past IARC Speaker Series
Lara Evans2013 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2012 theme “Thinking Ahead: The Preservation, Protection, and Support of Artists’ Legacies” was geared towards artists and museum professionals who needed to know more about estate planning, artist rights, funding opportunities, and documentation of artists’ work.
Rose Díaz2012 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2012 theme “Thinking Ahead: The Preservation, Protection, and Support of Artists’ Legacies” was geared towards artists and museum professionals who needed to know more about estate planning, artist rights, funding opportunities, and documentation of artists’ work.
Diane Bird2010–2011 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2010–2011 theme “Getting Back to Basics: Practice and Process in Native Collections Care” emphasized the need for practical application training in working with tribal collections.
Nancy Mithlo2009–2010 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2009–2010 theme “Intersections: Native Collections, Curation, and Museums” highlighted important topics relevant to current issues and discussions in contemporary Native arts, anthropology of museums, research, and Native collections.

Sponsored by School for Advanced Research and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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