Un­der the dome

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

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.

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