MoCNA Reader book club dis­cusses Man­i­fest Man­ners: Nar­ra­tives on Postin­dian Sur­vivance; Jon Davis leads a poetry work­shop

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The new tri­monthly MoCNA Reader book club has its sec­ond meet­ing on Fri­day, Dec. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Na­tive Arts (108 Cathe­dral Place). Up for dis­cus­sion is Man­i­fest Man­ners: Nar­ra­tives on Postin­dian Sur­vivance (Univer­sity of Ne­braska Press, 1999), Ger­ald Vizenor’s aca­demic work on Na­tive lives and sto­ries as an ac­tive pres­ence — rather than Na­tive ex­is­tence as a re­ac­tion to sur­viv­ing col­o­niza­tion and op­pres­sion. The first meet­ing of MoCNA Reader was in Oc­to­ber; a di­verse group of par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed Cor­mac McCarthy’s Blood Merid­ian, the novel that in­spired the cur­rent MoCNA ex­hi­bi­tion, An Evening Red­ness in the West, which tack­les sur­vivance from a postapoc­a­lyp­tic per­spec­tive. The mu­seum’s chief cu­ra­tor, Candice Hop­kins, leads the book club, but read­ers’ ideas and ques­tions about con­tem­po­rary Na­tive iden­tity will steer the con­ver­sa­tion. Ad­mis­sion is free; the book club meets on the sec­ond floor of the mu­seum, in the MoCNA Project Lab. For in­for­ma­tion call 505-428-5907 or email ahan­ The con­nec­tion be­tween art, self, and selfie is ex­plored in “Self-Por­trait Mod­i­fied by Cir­cum­stance,” a poetry work­shop with Jon Davis, fac­ulty mem­ber at the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts and City of Santa Fe poet lau­re­ate emer­i­tus. Do our pho­tos ac­cu­rately rep­re­sent who we are? Does the so­cial me­dia-in­spired trend of doc­u­ment­ing our faces wher­ever we go open up new psy­cho­log­i­cal av­enues of self-re­flec­tion, or are we merely mark­ing ter­ri­tory? Davis will is­sue a set of con­straints and then par­tic­i­pants will com­pose po­ems and share what gets dis­cov­ered and un­cov­ered. The work­shop is held in con­junc­tion with Nar­cis­sus, the ex­hibit cur­rently on dis­play in the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Gallery (through Jan. 14, 2016). The poetry work­shop is open to all and no reser­va­tions are re­quired. It meets in the Com­mu­nity Gallery at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.) on Satur­day, Dec. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion, call 505-955-6707 or email rd­lam­bert@ — Jen­nifer Levin

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