Conversations to Remember at IAIA Museum

"Conversations to Remember" will periodically present dialogue on a range of topics of interest to both Native and non-Native audiences, part of the museum's purpose is to create a meeting place between the Native and non-Native worlds, a place where education and dialogue can take place in a humane and respectful atmosphere. The "Conversations to Remember"  format is simple: several speakers - Native and non-Native - representing diverse point of view will engage in unrehearsed conversation in front of an audience. An audience question and answer session concludes each conversation. Each session begins at 7 p.m. and will take place at the IAIA Museum, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, N.M. Admission is $3 for adults and Museum members are free.

The schedule is as follows. On May 18 Winona LaDuke, director of Honor the Earth, and John Trudell, a Native performing artist and activist will discuss "Pollution, Politics and Patrimony: Environmental Justice in Indian Country." Stephen Wall, chairman of IAIA Department of Indigenous Liberal Studies will moderate.

On June 21, Seth Hopkins, director of the Booth Western Art Museum, Paul Chaat Smith, assoc. curator of National Museum of the American Indian, and Steven Carr curator of Southwest Museum of the American Indian, will discuss "Appropriation of Imagery in Cowboy and Indian Art." John Grimes, director of the IAIA Museum, will moderate.

On July 12, artists Tammy Garcia and Leroy Garcia will discuss "Branding the Native Artist: What does it Cost to be Famous?"

The IAIA Museum is the leading exhibiting institution for contemporary Native and Indigenous art from North America, Alaska and Hawaii. The IAIA Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to Native American, Alaska Native, Canadian First Nations and Native Hawaiian peoples. Adult admission is $5. Seniors, students and New Mexico resident admission is $2.50. Youth admission for ages 16 and younger is free. Sunday admission for New Mexico residents with valid identification is free. For additional IAIA Museum information visit www.iaiamuseum.org or call the Museum Information Line at 505-983-1777.

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