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Center for Art Research Catalytic Conversation "Obsidian"

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 3:00pm

Virtual Event

Live on Zoom - register here.

Obsidian is an enigmatic, naturally occurring glass that has been used by cultures from Europe and the Middle East to Oceania and the Americas. CFAR’s Catalytic Conversations serve the practices of individuals and institutions related to art, craft, and design, by providing an opportunity to engage a small group of thinkers in ways that contribute to a project or line of thinking that is in progress.

This installment in the series will contribute to the development of an issue of Material Intelligence, a new digital publication published by the Chipstone Foundation. This Catalytic Conversation and related publication will include a broad range of perspectives on obsidian, drawn from the fields of contemporary art, earth sciences, mesoamerican studies, archeology, and indigenous knowledge. Our goal is to consider this material as a nexus of concerns, ranging from the aesthetic to the ethical.


Glenn Adamson [Moderator] (Curator, Writer, and Historian) 

David Carballo (Professor of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Latin American Studies, Boston University Boston) 

Tom Connolly (former Director of Archaeological Research, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology) 

Anita Grunder (former Professor of Geology and Volcanology, Oregon State University)  

Alejandro Pastrana (Researcher, Department of the Dirección de Estudios Arqueológicos of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia)

Monique Péan (Artist and Activist based in New York City) 

Joe Scott (Tribal Educator, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, member of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians)


This event is made possible by the Chipstone Foundation.

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