Acting OUT: A Symposium on Indigenous Performance Art
December 3 – 4, 2015
Acting OUT: A Symposium on Indigenous Performance Art, organized and hosted by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in partnership with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Lensic Performing Arts Center takes place on December 3rd – 4th, 2015. Keynote discussion and performances at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with Rebecca Belmore, Guillermo Gómez-Peña & James Luna (with Sheila Tishla Skinner), moderated by Lucy Lippard will take place Friday, December 4, 2015, 6 – 8p.m..
This symposium is made possible in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.
For more information, www.iaia.edu/calendar/
Over the past 42 years, MoCNA has gained national and international acclaim for its innovative exhibitions, symposia, events, and programs of contemporary Native art. This will be the first international symposium on Indigenous performance art to take place in New Mexico. Acting OUT recognizes the increasing importance and relevance of performance art—and its vanguard history—within Native and contemporary art. Symposium participants will include leading performance artists, scholars, curators, and writers working in the field today, in dialogue with the local, national, and international audiences, such as Rebecca Belmore, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, James Luna, Lucy Lippard, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson, and Spiderwoman Theater to name a few.
On December 3, 10a.m. – 5p.m., symposium and workshops will be held at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Panel One: Performing for the Camera takes place this day as well as performance video screenings, three workshop/performance art intensives include: Words: led by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Actions: led by Rebecca Belmore, and Sound + Performance: led by the Indigenous art collective Postcommodity. Speakers and panelists are invited to attend the workshops free of charge – 20 spaces will be available for community participants at a $50 fee. Please contact Andrea R. Hanley at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshops.
On December 4, 9a.m.- 4p.m. the symposium will be held at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Two panels are structured around topics of particular urgency to performance art practitioners today, including the impact and politics of using your body as a medium for art; the implications of performing in specific sites; and potential shifts in the field relative to new methodologies in art and social engagement. Summary and observations by Merrittt Johnson, will follow at the end of the day.
At 6p.m.on December 4, internationally acclaimed artists James Luna (with Sheila Tishla Skinner), Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and Rebecca Belmore will perform for one-night only in Santa Fe at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For more than 30 years, James Luna has provocatively explored the Native American experience and has created some of the most iconic artworks of our time. McArthur Award recipient, Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s spoken word and actions engage notions of the “living archive” and radical citizenship. Rebecca Belmore’s performances activate the charged space between the personal and the political, memory and trauma. Following the performances is a keynote discussion between the artists led by writer, activist, and curator Lucy Lippard.
Tickets are available for purchase through ticketssantafe.org for the Acting OUT Symposium: Keynote Discussion and Performances taking place December 4th, from 6 – 8p.m.
.Tickets: $25/ $10 Students with ID.
Coming in from out of town? Please use this link to get a symposium rate at the Hilton Santa Fe!
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