Heads Above Grass, Provocative Native American Public Art and Studio Practice with Edgar Heap of Birds

The ASU Library Channel presents the thirteenth installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community with Heads Above Grass, Provocative Native American Public Art and Studio Practice by artist Edgar Heap of Birds.

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Professor of Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma, Edgar Heap of Birds describes his lecture as one spanning many different generations of time, and space, and culture, coming from Oklahoma, and going outward internationally, from Venice to other places in the world, to Italy, and so on." He shares some short videos showing these places and the work on location.

Edgar Heap of Birds works with multi-disciplinary forms of public art, large scale drawings, acrylic paintings, prints, and works in glass, and monumental porcelain enamel, on steel, outdoor sculptures. He was named a USA Ford Fellow in 2012. His seminars explore issues of the contemporary artist on local, national, and international level. His artwork was chosen by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian as their entry towards the competition for the United States Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale.  The artist has exhibited his works across the world, in various venues, from New York's Museum of Modern Art, to the grand ballet in Paris.

"The art is really the art of living, the art of life. And Edgar Heap of Birds is one of those peoples that bring us art by working with art means that he works with the kind of life that we live." - Professor Simon Ortiz

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ASU Sponsors: American Indian Policy Institute | American Indian Studies Program | Department of English | Faculty of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies | Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation (all units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) | Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law | Labriola National American Indian Data Center

Community Partner: Heard Museum 

Recorded March 20, 2014 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.