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Published on Apr 9, 2012
The ASU Library Channel presents the ninth installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community with Redefining Indigenous Perspectives Through Art and Dialogue. Sculptor Bob Haozous discusses his life and art.
Bob Haozous is one of the most important Native sculptors of the Native American Fine Art Movement. His innovation and experimentation with materials push the boundaries of "Indian" art -- the boundaries that his father, Allan Houser, helped to define. He is best known for his monumental cut steel pieces which often deal with poignant topical issues. He approaches these issues with a bit of a bite and a good dose of humor. His injection of humor allows the serious issues to be more palatable and to have a universal presence.
Haozous has chosen to take back his Apache family name to reject the Anglo version -- Houser. This name was given to his father as a child in an Oklahoma Indian boarding school. Together Haozous and Houser represent the breadth and depth of Native American sculpture. Haozous has been able to establish himself as a leading artist because of his father's encouragement and nurturing. As well, Haozous has encouraged and supported his father's work.
ASU Sponsors: American Indian Policy Institute American Indian Studies Program Department of English ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Faculty of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Labriola National American Indian Data Center Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation