IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

IN SESSION: A Conversation with John Feodorov and Lara Evans

January 15, 2011 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Upstairs Classroom

In this installment of IN SESSION, Native artist and author-scholar, Lara Evans exchanges ideas with Navajo artist John Feodorov whose work is featured in MoCNA exhibition, VISION PROJECT Gallery Presents Emergence: John Feodorov.

Born in Los Angeles of mixed Native and European American heritage, John Feodorov spent summers at his grandparent’s homestead in the “White Horse” region of New Mexico. This time spent between the Na…vajo reservation and the California suburbs of Whittier continues to have an important influence on his work. Feodorov often utilizes pop culture detritus, as well as sound and video, to create what he considers contemporary “sacred” spaces in order to question ideas of spirituality, identity and place. In addition, his paintings and drawings are experiments in creating hybrid mythical iconographies. Feodorov was featured in the first season of the PBS television series, “Art21: Art for the 21st Century” as well as in the companion book published by Harry N. Abrams. He has served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle and currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington. In addition, he is also a musician and songwriter. www.johnfeodorov.com

Lara Evans (Cherokee) is a member of Evergreen State College’s faculty and teaches art history and studio art. Although she has a strong general art history background, her special area of study is contemporary Native American art. Lara Evans received a Ph.D. in Art History from University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She earned a Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies at Oregon State University in Art History, Studio Art, and the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender. Lara is also an artist who is primarily a painter, but also works in other media on occasion.

IN SESSION: Conversations with Contemporary Native Artists and Scholars is an extension of the MoCNA/IAIA’s Vision Project bringing together participating artists, authors, curators, art historians, anthropologists, and cultural workers to discuss their contribution to the project and the field of contemporary Native Arts. In Session conversations support MoCNA’s goal of establishing an indigenous arts discourse that reflects the vibrancy and potency of field at its most current level of activity.

This IN SESSION is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and a reception with the presenters will follow the conversation.

This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Call 505.428.5907 or email hlocklear@iaia.edu for more information.