TMCC receives grants to support Mixed Blessings Symposium, Nov. 8-10
The Mixed Blessings Symposium, to be held Nov. 8-10, 2012 at TMCC and Nevada Museum of Art, will feature presentations and creative projects of American Indian art, literature and film, and was made possible by the efforts of organizers TMCC Galleries Curator Candace Nicol, Distinguished Speaker Series Chair Dianne Cheseldine, the Distinguished Speaker Series Committee, and staff at the Nevada Museum of Art. Scholars, artists, and members of Indian Nations from across the Great Basin and United States will come together to discuss topics related to contemporary social realities and self-identities of indigenous people. The Symposium will feature a keynote address by Lucy R. Lippard at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, at TMCC's Dandini Campus. For more information on this event, visit the Mixed Blessings website.
Grants received in support of the event include a Nevada Arts Council Grant ($2,167), which supports the honorarium of one of the visiting artists participating in the event; and the Nevada Humanities Grant ($4,850) which supports the honorarium of keynote speaker Lucy R. Lippard.
The Mixed Blessings Symposium project is also funded, in part, by grants from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This symposium has been inspired by Lucy R. Lippard's book - Mixed Blessings, New Art in a Multicultural America. Mixed Blessings is the first book to discuss the cross-cultural process taking place in the work of contemporary Latino, Native-, African-, and Asian-American artists. It is a complex meditation on the relationships of people to their cultures. Lucy R. Lippard challenges conventional approaches and explores the role of images in a changing society. Among her subjects are the uncertainty of exile; the confusion of identity in attempts to climb out of the melting pot; and art that speaks for itself, reversing stereotypes and reclaiming history and memory.
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