Indian Time: Lecture by Victor Masayesva, Jr.

The ASU Libraries proudly presents spring 2015 installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community, presenting ‘INDIAN TIME’ talk, film and Q&A with Victor Masayesva.  This event was held on March 19, 2015, at the Heard Musuem in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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Multimedia producer Victor Masayesva, Jr., showed two examples of his cutting edge filmmaking and discussed his latest project at the March 2015 Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at the Heard Museum.  The first film Mr. Masayesva showed to the crowd was  produced in the 1980’s and employed cutting edge animation to provide a video explanation of traditional Hopi clowning. The second film is the beginning of a project regarding the Indigenous concepts of time using a special technology to create a film to be viewed communally in a dome such as a planetarium. His lecture examines notions of time, the Mayan calendar, the Hopi calendar, and the imposition of the Western calendar on Hopi life.

About Victor Masayesva:  A member of the Hopi Tribe from Hotevilla, Victor Masayesva, Jr. has been a life long advocate for the ascendancy of the indigenous aesthetic in multimedia productions. He has promoted this aesthetic by curating programs at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and serving as artist-in-residence at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, Banff Centre for the Arts and featured director and jurist at the Yamagata International Film Festival, and the CLACPI Festival in La Paz, Bolivia. Honored with the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award, Masayesva is an independent filmmaker who has been at the forefront of experimental filmmaking in the Native American media community. His publications include Husk of Time from the University of Arizona Press and his media work is included in the permanent collections at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Houston Museum of Art, Houston, TX; and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC.

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About the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture Series 
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

ASU Sponsors include: American Indian Policy Institute | American Indian Studies Program | Department of English | School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies | Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law | Labriola National American Indian Data Center | School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation. The Heard Museum is our community partner.