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Lifestyle

Lecture on Kiva murals offered at NIU

DeKALB – Guest lecturer Cassandra Smith will present, “Kiva Murals at Pottery Mound: World as Metaphor, Art History as Storytelling,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 11 of the Northern Illinois University Art Building, 330 Gilbert Drive in DeKalb.

The talk is part of the Elizabeth Allen Visiting Lectures in Art History series at NIU’s School of Art and Design.

Located in north-central New Mexico, Pottery Mound is a site of continuing significance in the Puebloan cultural landscape. It is one of several ancestral Pueblo villages whose occupations overlap with the Pueblo IV period (1300-1540) and which are known to feature paintings upon the walls of ritually significant rooms identified as kivas.

In this presentation, Smith considers the role of metaphor in a Pueblo cultural landscape, the artistry and imagination inherent within the discipline of art history and the ways in which creative art-historical scholarship coheres with Indigenous ways of being in the world.

Cassandra Smith is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois-Chicago and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute.

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