Under the dome
Don’t call it an IMAX, but the new dome theater at the Institute of American Indian Arts is an 8,000 pound piece of sleek technology that offers moviegoers the experience of being entirely immersed in a visual world. The college claims that the dome, which is 12 feet high and 24 feet in diameter, is the only one in the world with the ability to rotate as much as 90 degrees. With surround sound and six projectors, the dome will be used not only for screening films but also as a visual forum for Native storytelling and a research tool for the three-dimensional analysis of artifacts.
On Friday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. IAIA hosts a free open house to show off its new digital dome theater as well as presenting an array of artist programs. The event takes place on its campus at 83 Avan Nu Po Road. Visitors to the theater can check out Tales of the Maya Skies, a movie that explores Maya cosmology and the civilization’s stunning astronomical achievements.
Multimedia artist Charlene Teters hosts a painting demonstration in her campus studio. Jewelry and metals instructor Mark Herndon shows his techniques for small-scale sand casting. At the school’s Primitive Edge Gallery, artgoers can check out Art in the Raw, an exhibition of uncurated art. Gallery manager Mary Deleary talks about curating, the jurying process, and art installation. At the school’s library and technology center auditorium, the college screens a selection of Native American-directed films and documentaries including Shimásání, The Humble, The Wanders of Wonderment, Blood Memory, and Miss Nizhoni. Bizcochitos, s’mores, and hot apple cider will be served, and Café Bon Appétit will be open till 6:30 p.m., offering dishes with organic, locally grown ingredients. Call 424-2300.