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Mead Dialogues

"Seeing Ethnography" with Zoe Bray

Presented by Ethnographic Terminalia

What does it mean to visually capture people and cultures? To spark that conversation, this year’s Mead Film Festival is collaborating with the art and anthropology collective Ethnographic Terminalia to put the anthropologist front and center. University of Nevada anthropologist and artist Zoe Bray will showcase her unusual and innovative style of ethnography by live-painting a local subject in the Museum’s Grand Gallery for the duration of the festival. Stop by to watch Dr. Bray at work, discover her visual research methods, and consider how ethnography is practiced.

Friday, October 18
10:30-2 pm | Audra Simpson
3-5:30 pm | Fred Myers

Saturday, October 19
4:30-7 pm | Fred Myers

Sunday, October 20
11:30 - 2pm | Fred Myers
4:30-7 pm | Audra Simpson

About the models:

Fred Myers is the Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University.  He has been involved with Indigenous people in Central Australia since 1973.  A recipient of numerous grants and awards for his research and writing, his books include Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self:  Sentiment, Place and Politics among Western Desert Aborigines (University of California Press, 1986), Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art (2002), and edited volumes The Traffic in Culture:  Refiguring Anthropology and Art (co-edited with George Marcus, University of California Press, 1995), and The Empire of Things (School of American Research Press, 2001). His current project involves the repatriation and “re-documentation” of ten hours of film footage from 1974 with the two current Pintupi communities. 

Audra Simpson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press, in press).  She is the editor of the reprint of Lewis Henry Morgan’s anthropological classic, League of the Haudenosaunee (Syracuse University Press, under contract) and co-editor (with Andrea Smith) of the ten-chapter collection Theorizing Native Studies (Duke University Press, in press).She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Fulbright, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Dartmouth College, the American Anthropological Association, Cornell University and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM).  In 2010, she won Columbia University’s School for General Studies “Excellence in Teaching Award.” 

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