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Virtual: I Heard the Song of My Grandmother: Art and Indigenous Feminisms

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION

Join us for a gathering with artists, writers, and curators to consider how activist art continues to subvert stereotypes and advance rights for Indigenous women. Participants include Dr. Anya Montiel, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo, Professor, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles; Kristen Dorsey, doctoral student, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA; and Las Vegas-based artist Fawn Douglas. Film screening of Purple Flower Girlproduced and directed by Tsanavi Spoonhunter. 

Guided Tour

Personalize your experience with a guided tour. A docent will guide you through the galleries, offering insight and history to the artwork on view.

Guided tours are offered every Saturday at 11 am. Reservations are recommended.

FREE with admission

Guided Tour

Personalize your experience with a guided tour. A docent will guide you through the galleries, offering insight and history to the artwork on view.

Guided tours are offered every Saturday at 11 am. Reservations are recommended.

FREE with admission

Picasso In Clay

Vivienne Hall, Owner and Director of Squire Fine Arts in Los Gatos, California discusses the exhibition Picasso in Clay and shares insight on the shaping of the Robert Felton and Lindsay Wallis Collection.  

This program will be hosted in person as well as streamed live on Zoom. 

Lessons from Picasso’s Ceramics

Dr. Brett M. Van Hoesen, Associate Professor and Area Head of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno, explores three key lessons in conjunction with Picasso’s ceramics: the importance of playfulness, the necessity for experimentation, and the culture of collaboration.

 

Visions of Smoke Creek

Artist Michael Moore spends three to five months a year living and painting at his Smoke Creek studio. While in the desert, Moore rises each morning to paint the landscape of the Smoke Creek playa. Join us for a conversation with Michael Moore and William L. Fox, the Peter E. Pool Director of the Center for Art + Environment. 

This program will be hosted in person as well as streamed live on Zoom. 

A Community Forum: Reckoning with Nevada’s Boarding School Past

Beginning in 1890, thousands of American Indian children were sent to Stewart Indian Boarding School in Carson City, Nevada as part of the U.S. government’s policy of forced assimilation. This community forum provides an opportunity to learn about and discuss this history and the traumatic legacy that remains. Participants include Stacey Montooth, Executive Director of the Nevada Indian Commission;  Dr. Debra Harry, Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity, University of Nevada, Reno; and the debut of Jean LaMarr’s performance, They Danced, They Sang, Until the Matron Came

This program is a hybrid presentation. Register to join us live or virtually.

Co-presented by Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, Carson City, Nevada 

Suzan Shown Harjo on Indigenous Rights, Arts and Activism (Hybrid)

Suzan Shown Harjo has worked for decades to shape a national Native American policy agenda that addresses issues at the core of Indigenous identity: sacred places protection and repatriation, religious freedom, treaty and inherent sovereign rights, mascot eradication, and language revitalization. Join together in the Museum’s theater, as Harjo speaks virtually from Washington, D.C. to discuss past and ongoing issues surrounding artists’ rights, women’s rights, and Native rights. Dr. Debra Harry, Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity, University of Nevada, Reno, will moderate a conversation and Q&A following the presentation.
 
This program is a hybrid presentation. Register to join us live or virtually.  
 
Suzan Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, born in her Treaty territory in El Reno, OK, also is Hotvlkvlke Mvskokvlke of Nuyakv Ground, raised on Muscogee Nation Reservation allotted farmland. A writer, curator, and policy advocate, she has developed landmark laws and led campaigns for Indigenous Peoples’ inherent sovereignty and human rights, protecting cultural, historic, and sacred places and recovering over one million acres of land. A Founding Trustee of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, she and others envisioned it in 1967 and achieved its 1989 enabling act with its historic repatriation provision, and she conceived, curated, researched, and edited its “Nation to Nation” Treaties book (2014) and exhibition (2014-2025). She also was Curator of the first Native contemporary art exhibit ever shown in the U.S. House & Senate Rotundas (1992). An award-winning Columnist and a School of Advanced Research Poetry Fellow and Summer Scholar, her policy and creative writings are widely published. Recipient of a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom, she has helped reshape society with her leadership and successes toward ending “Indian” slurs and appropriations from sports, geographic locations, and popular culture, and with her persistent work protecting Native ancestors, arts, cultures, lands, languages, religious freedom, and waters.
 
Image: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to American Indian rights activist Suzan Harjo during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The Medal of Freedom is the country’s highest civilian honor.Photo by Duke Ray Harjo II. 

Rose B. Simpson on Transformance: Film Screening and Dialogue (Virtual)

As part of the fall 2021 Art + Environment Season, mixed-media artist Rose B. Simpson presented Transformance, a public performance developed in collaboration with members of the Southern Paiute (Nuwu) community. Join us for the premiere viewing of the Transformance, a short film documenting Simpson’s residency at Nuwu Art + Activism Studios as well as the live performance. Simpson will be in dialogue with collaborator and artist, Fawn Douglas and filmmaker, Ben-Alex Dupris. 

The Transformance was realized with generous support from VIA Art Fund.

This is a virtual program hosted on Zoom. Pre-registration required.

Guided Tour

Personalize your experience with a guided tour. A docent will guide you through the galleries, offering insight and history to the artwork on view.

Guided tours are offered every Saturday at 11 am. Reservations are recommended.

FREE with admission