Join us for a public conversation between artist Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) and Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. This event is presented in conjunction with the multi-sited exhibition Sky Hopinka: Seeing and Seen, on display at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences Galleries and the San José Museum of Art.
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Sky Hopinka received a BA (2012) from Portland State University and an MFA (2016) from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He is currently an assistant professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Program at Bard College. His work has been shown at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Park City and Salt Lake City; Courtisane, Ghent; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Milwaukee Film Festival; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival; and Ann Arbor Film Festival. He has also exhibited work at venues including Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester; Museum of Modern Art; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2022, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellow award. Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and a descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, and artist, whose work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song. Working for two decades as an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, she has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and the United States and has twenty years of experience with Indigenous land based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, and teaches at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh. Simpson is the author of many books including, most recently, Rehearsals for Living with Robin Maynard.