The UNM Department of Art & Art History presents the 2011 Gale Memorial Lecture Series: "Contemporary Native American Art: Views from Within" on select Wednesdays at 5:50 p.m. in Dane Smith Hall, room 123. The speakers are Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Chaat Smith, Rebecca Belmore and Eliza Naranjo Morse.


Gibson, sculptor and painter of Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, speaks on March 23. He works in Brooklyn. He spent much of his childhood abroad, living in nations including Germany, England, Norway and Korea. All of his experiences feed his work, including paintings that present densely overlaid forms and mixed media sculpture that combine whimsy and social commentary.

Chaat Smith, Comanche author and curator, speaks on April 6. He is associate curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, where his most recent projects include James Luna's "Emendatio" for the 2005 Venice Biennal, "Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not" and "Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort." His second book, "Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong," was published in 2009.

Belmore, a First Nations artist born in Ontario, speaks on April 20. She is an internationally known performance and installation artist who lives in Vancouver. Her multi-disciplinary art is concerned with history, place and identity. She was Canada's official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennal.

Naranjo Morse, 2007 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow at the School for Advanced Research Santa Fe, speaks on April 27. Her recent work combines her heritage as a member of a family of well-known ceramic artists from Santa Clara Pueblo with individual experiments with large-scale drawings on paper using organic materials to explore space, form and line.

The Gale Memorial Lecture Series is supported through donations from David and Silvia Gale.