Our Next Program - Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00AM
DR. ALEXANDER B. MARR
Native American Art and Ecologies
in the Southwest
click HERE for link to Zoom presentation
Focusing on art of the Diné (Navajo), Alex Marr will investigate how Indigenous works depict entanglements between human activity and the southwestern environment. In the first part of the lecture, Marr will explain how in Diné sand paintings, for instance, designs and materials reference stories about the first humans giving shape to the land. Hosteen Klah was the first to transfer those designs to woven rugs which give permanence to sandpainting.
In the second part of his talk, Marr will explore contemporary Diné artists such as Will Wilson, Melissa S. Cody, and Steven Yazzie who respond to environmental crises caused by uranium and coal mining facing their people through ancestral understandings about place.
Marr is Assistant Curator for Native American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Previously he served as Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Portland Art Museum. Marr received a doctorate degree from the University of Rochester, an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, and a BA in Art History with honors from Beloit College.
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