New York City born, long-time Valley resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel. An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association. Her published travel articles, photographs and book, Daughters of the American Dream, can be found on her website www.paulacullison.com
James Luna surveys 30 years of his exhibitions and performances with examples of visual presentations and performance works. His entertaining and painful anecdotes tackle issues of strife, misconceptions, and commodification of all ethnicity and expose issues faced by Native Americans. This presentation is unique among the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center lecture series as James Luna notes, “Performance isn’t something that you talk about. It’s something you do. The visuals talk for themselves.”
Bio: Internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseño) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. With over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience, Luna has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and charted waters for other artists to follow. His powerful works transform gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.
Since 1975, he has had over 41 solo exhibitions, participated in 85 group exhibitions and has performed internationally at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM.
He has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career and most notably in 2005, he was selected as the first Sponsored Artist of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012 Luna received an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts, IAIA, the premier institute for Native Americans art of all kinds.
“It is my feeling that artwork in the media of performance and installation offers an opportunity like no other for Indian people to express themselves in traditional art forms of ceremony, dance, oral traditions and contemporary thought, without compromise. Within these (nontraditional) spaces … there is no limit to how and what is expressed.”—JAMES LUNA
A marked change, as in appearance or character, usually for the better, Transformation is the theme for South Mountain High School’s annual art exhibition at the ASU West’s Fletcher Library for 2013. Art students in all of the visual arts classes including the magnet program interpreted the idea of transformation through the lens of their various disciplines: ceramics, digital arts, drawing, painting, fiber arts, jewelry and photography. They used it to express their own spirit, observations and idea.
A panel of experts discusses the significance, utility and preservation of the Donald C. Johanson/Institute for Human Origins Collection. This archival collection documents the career of one of the most important field scientists of the 20th century and the founding and development of the Institute of Human Origins (IHO).
Panelists describe the results of the recent collection survey completed by Stephanie Crowe, the nature of collecting and collections, museum preservation concerns, and the importance of this collection in advancing scholarship in the history of science.
Dan Gilfillan Acting Director of the Institute for Humanities Research
Bill Kimbel Institute of Human Origins Director
Donald Johanson Institute of Human Origins Founding Director
Nancy Dallett Assistant Director, Public History Program School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Richard Toon Director, Museum Studies Program School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Jane Maienschein Director, Center for Biology and Society School of Life Sciences
Rob Spindler University Archivist and Archives and Special Collections ASU Libraries
About the Exhibit:
Lucy’s Legacy: Preserving the Search for Human Origins, a public exhibition from the collection will be available for public viewing through Spring 2013 in the Hayden Library Rotunda and Luhrs Gallery on the 4th floor of Hayden Library, during normal library hours. Discovered in Hadar, Ethiopia, November 24, 1974, by a young paleoanthropologist, Donald Johanson, and determined to be a new species—Australopithecus afarensis—Lucy was the first example of an upright walking, bipedal human ancestor, living 3.2 million years ago. Other examples of this species have been found, but none as complete as this specimen.
Description: An exhibit of six African American quilts is currently on display at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus Library. The exhibit features the works of Sharon Hudson-Clinton, Pamela Howard, Kim James, Janice Parson, Gwendolyn Smith, and Sheila Woods Stokes. These quilters are members of a group called Cocoa Quilters. There will be a mix of old and new quilts that reflects the tradition and the art of modern quilt making.
Dan Mayer and John Risseeuw of the Pyracantha Press and Robert Spindler of Special Collections celebrate the gift of "Moon Journey". Photo by Dreylon Vang.
Dan Mayer and John Risseeuw of ASU’s Pyracantha Press donated their most recent work entitled Moon Journey to the ASU Libraries Special Collections. Created by Claudia Smigrod with Jake Dingman and Sam Dingman in 2012, the gift is a stunningly complex book of photo imagery, text, embossments, and music. The attractive volume includes 17 pinhole photographs digitally printed and complemented by embossments and text written by Jake Dingman. A compact disc presented on the colophon page offers music composed by Sam Dingman that responds to the text and photos. Each page is printed in handset Baskerville type on Somerset paper; with digital photos printed on Moab Entrata paper.
This limited edition has also been acquired by distinguished libraries of Yale University, Swarthmore College and the Rochester Institute of Technologies.
Moon Journey, along with many other artistic works of the Pyracantha Press, is available for viewing at the Luhrs Reading Room, fourth floor of Hayden Library, 9-6 Monday-Friday until commencement. Contact Special Collections at 480.965.4932 for information about Saturday appointments this spring, or for summer hours at the Luhrs Reading Room.
Contact: Robert Spindler
University Archivist and Head
Archives and Special Collections
Available: Week of April 1st
Location: Fletcher Library Atrium (West campus)
Description: In honor of National Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Fletcher Library in conjunction with the Disability Resource Center has created a display highlighting Autism.
Special Event: A lecture will also be presented in the Kiva Lecture Hall on April 2 from 4 – 5:30, entitled Autism Speaks, ASU Listens. Experts will discuss Autism and Aspergers. Everyone is also encouraged to wear blue on April 2nd. These events are part of Autism Awareness week 2013.
Exhibit:The Liquid Project: A photographic exhibition that questions our understanding of beauty and art.
Available: April 1 through April 30th during normal library hours
Location: Fletcher Library, second floor, West campus
Description: With a total of 27 photographic pieces of liquid, all created over a two year span, Chace’s Liquid Project give us insight into the many colours, textures, tones, and forms liquid can take. From the simplicity of “Flicker” to the intricacy of “Gi”, these vivid images are meant to show the extremes of liquid and perhaps reveal the beauty of something we see almost every day…something so typical yet vital, something so basic but fundamental, and something so flexible yet strong. Not many substances can claim these features and not many photographers have taken such a fresh approach to capturing liquid.
Special Event: An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th from 6 – 8 pm, Fletcher Library second floor atrium.