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Indian Arts Research Center Speaker Series

2018 Speaker Series

Trailblazers and Boundary Breakers: Honoring Native Women in Art

Dedicated to the many accomplishments of 1988-1989 Katrin H. Lamon Artist Fellow and 2000 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow Nora Naranjo Morse, the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce its 2018 Speaker Series. Trailblazers and Boundary Breakers: Honoring Native Women in Art examines the indelible impact and explores the often untold stories of Native American women in art. Through lecture and discussion, speakers will share their knowledge and experience in these topics. This series is open and free to the public.

The Speaker Series kicks off the IARC’s fortieth anniversary year, which will culminate with a gala celebration event at the Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque on June 22, 2018, “Honoring Forty Years of Creativity in Native American Arts.” This event marks the establishment of the IARC on the SAR campus and recognizes the creativity of Native American artist fellows, their accomplishments, and the last forty years of innovative programming.

Nora Naranjo Morse

All discussions will be held at the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. These events are FREE and open to the public.  Click on individual events to register. Download the flyer here.

Native Women in the Arts: History Family, Community, and the World

Speaker: Dr. K. Tessie Naranjo, independent scholar

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-7:00pm
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

The history of Native women in the arts is vast and enormously complex. In this lecture, SAR has invited Nora Naranjo Morse’s sister Dr. Tessie Naranjo to touch on significant points that help define the history of Native women in the arts including: generational communication, art in the everyday, and fundamental values; through the lens of her highly accomplished and artistic family, the Naranjos of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Recovering a Women’s Art History: Edmonia Lewis, Angel De Cora, and Tonita Peña

Moderator: America Meredith, artist and founder, First American Art Magazine
Panelists: Dr. Kirsten Pai Buick, Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico; Dr. Sascha Scott, Associate Professor of Art History, Syracuse University; Yvonne N. Tiger, independent scholar

Wednesday, April 4, 6:00-7:30pm
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

Many women in the 19th and early 20th century faced considerable difficulties participating in the mainstream American art world. Artists like Edmonia Lewis, Angel De Cora, and Tonita Peña took on these roles, sometimes at considerable risk to themselves, to forge new pathways for women of their time and the future. During their lives, the fires these women lit blazed brightly, but over time, to varying degrees, their stories became obscured. This panel explores their stories and their renewed legacies.

Fierce Hearts: The Fight for Recognition

Moderator: Dr. Deana Dartt, independent scholar and curator
Panelists: Dr. Linda Lomahaftewa, artist; Lillian Pitt, artist; Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, artist

Wednesday, April 11, 6:00-7:30pm
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

Building upon foundations poured in the 19th and early 20th century and in the midst of dramatic social change, the rest of the 20th century saw multiple generations of women artists fighting to carve out a place for themselves in the art world, and intentionally or not, paved the way for women artists today. This panel explores and acknowledges the careers of three women artists through the backdrop of 20th century feminism, the Red Power movement, and the debate between craft and art.

Of Hopes and Dreams: New Paths, New Generations

Moderator: Jaclyn Roessel, founder, Grownup Navajo
Panelists: Jordan Craig, artist; Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, owner, Beyond Buckskin; Eliza Naranjo Morse, artist

Wednesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

The 21st century brings about new opportunities and a bright future for Native American women today.  This panel discussion cycles back to our opening lecture presented by Tessie Naranjo, takes a look at today’s emerging generation of women artists, and explores their needs, wants, and concerns for the future as well as the role art plays for themselves, family, and community.