Loud and Proud: Indigenous Identity and Heavy Metal Music
January 26, 2:00 pm
This joint performance and presentation, featuring singer/ song writer Sage Bond and MNA Anthropology Collections Manager, Tony Thibodeau, will explore the impact of heavy metal music on contemporary Indigenous identity. Sage's songs are inspired by her experiences growing up and living on the Navajo reservation.
Tony Thibodeau comes at the theme from an academic perspective, having written his Masters dissertation on anti-colonial resistance and indigenous cultural identity expressed through heavy metal music by Native artists from several regions of North America. This is part of the Indigenous Insights series.
The Force Is With Our People extended through May 25
The popular exhibition of indigenous art inspired by the Star Wars saga is open during all regular museum hours and will stay up through May 25 to give more people an opportunity to see it.
Searching for a Bigger Subject
Open through February 16
Landscape painter Tony Foster is well-known for his intricate and intimate paintings portraying wild areas where he has journeyed. In Searching for a Bigger Subject, Foster went higher, farther and bigger than ever before, juxtaposing the world’s vastest canyon against the world’s tallest mountain. The journey is a literal examination of the greatest of all wild landscapes—the Grand Canyon (USA) and Mount Everest (Nepal and Tibet). Given the subject matter, many of this journey’s paintings necessitated a large format and are incredibly dramatic, spectacular works. Foster managed to capture the immensity of these landmarks while retaining their integral details.
Tony Foster in Conversation
February 8, 11:00 am
Artist and adventurer Tony Foster has traveled thousands of miles into the wilderness by foot and boat to create the detailed watercolors for which he is famous. For the exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Northern Arizona, "Searching for a Bigger Subject," he visited the Grand Canyon and the Himalayas three times each, climbing up to 17,800 ft and painting all three faces of Everest. Hear Foster talk about his adventures and artistic process, then join MNA Fine Arts Curator Alan Petersen in the gallery for further discussions and questions.
STEAM Second Saturday: Fun With Fish
February 8, 2:00 pm
Join USGS Fish Biologists for a hands-on look at native fish of the Colorado River and Northern Arizona. Live examples of some of these endangered species will be included as well as plenty of fish activities and crafts for the whole family.
Programs are included with admission and admission is free for kids age 9 and under. Come explore new topics each month!
Registration begins for Spring Break STEAM Camp
This day camp for kids ages 5-12 runs during the FUSD spring break, from March 16-20. From 9 am - 4 pm campers will be engaged in a variety of art & science projects, outdoor activities and field trips with educator Lorie Cavalli and guest artists. Activities include cooking traditional Hopi foods, learn about geology, making a Star Wars inspired robot, and a visit to Bearizona. Sign up for one day, two days or the whole week. MNA members get a discount. See details
Public Meeting about MNA Land Conservation
February 16, 2 pm
Learn more about efforts to set aside 90 acres of MNA land through permanent conservation easements. So far donors have been found to support the preservation of 36 acres, and the board members are actively seeking more conservation-minded donors for the remaining 54 acres. This public meeting will be held in the MNA Branigar-Chase Auditorium and is open to all.