THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020 — 7:30 PM LOS ANGELES
Top panel of Indian Church by Mary Sully. Image courtesy of Philip J. Deloria.Moderated by Manuela Well-Off-Man, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
LOCATION: Cross Campus DTLA
800 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017Paid parking is available for $6 after 4 PM in the Joe’s Parking garage at 746 S. Hope Street.
Metro: 7th St./Metro Center
Native American artists have long used explorations of the future as a way to reflect on the present. Contemporary Native artists, from the Mohawk sci-fi multimedia artist Skawennati to the Navajo photographer Will Wilson, are using innovative techniques to create visual art, literature, comics, and installations to build on that tradition and reframe it in a modern context. Often described as “Indigenous Futurisms,” this movement has reconsidered science fiction’s colonialist narratives in ways that place the Native American experience at their heart. What are the inspirations for this wave of futuristic work? How does it build on the many traditions of Native American art forms? And to what extent does this art suggest ideas for addressing civilizational threats like climate change, plagues, inequality, and mass violence? Harvard historian and Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract author Philip J. Deloria, visual and performance artist Suzanne Kite, and Aja Couchois Duncan, writer and Sweet Land librettist, visit Zócalo to explore the future through the art of today.