Pine Tree Lecture to Feature Conversation on Art, Post Indian Thought and Creation of Culture


Robert Houle and Gerald Vizenor to Deliver
Free Public Lecture February 23

Friday, February 19, 2010, Peterborough

O'kaadenigan Wiingashk and Indigenous Studies at Trent University will present A Conversation on Art, Post Indian Thought and the Creation of Culture, a free public lecture featuring Robert Houle and Gerald Vizenor as part of the Pine Tree Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in Room 137 of the Trent University Science Complex in Otonabee College.

During the lecture, Robert Houle and Gerald Vizenor, a painter and a writer, both critics and cultural theorists, will examine the pitfalls of colonial notions of identity and 'Indian-ness.' The event will be moderated by Wanda Nanibush, an Anishnawbe-kwe curator, scholar, word and image warrior from Beausoleil First Nation.

Robert Houle is an internationally celebrated Anishinaabe (Ojibwe-Saulteaux) abstract artist, writer, teacher, activist and curator. Houle's work is in many major collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. As a curator, his exhibition, Land Spirit Power, was a land mark in making Indigenous contemporary art visible. As curator of Contemporary Indian Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 1977 to 1980, he opposed the relegation of contemporary Native art to anthropological or ethnographic artifact. He has also taught a new generation of artists while at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Gerald Vizenor is distinguished professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of more than twenty books on Native histories, critical studies, literature, and poetry including The People Named the Chippewa, and Manifest Manners:  Narratives of Postindian Survivance. He received the American Book Award for his novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China. He was also the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


For more information, please contact:
Chris Welter, Academic Programs Coordinator, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, 705-748-1011 x7610