Speaking with Light Symposium

A black-and-white photograph of an Indigenous man wearing a full feathered headdress sitting on a crowded public bus.

Event Details

Event Date

  • Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Event Registration

Event Description

Join us for a free day of lectures and conversations celebrating the artists featured in the exhibition Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography. This show is one of the first major museum surveys to explore how Indigenous artists have leveraged their lenses to reclaim representation and affirm their existence, perspectives, and trauma. Hear from the artists and scholars who have contributed to the exhibition and book.

Register to attend one or both lectures scheduled during the day. Boxed lunches are available for $15 with registration; free for Carter members. All symposium ticketholders will be able to view the exhibition, which opens to the public the following day.



“Models for Critique”
Each speaker will present on their work or research for 15 minutes each. Then, they will come together for a moderated conversation, led by exhibition co-curator John Rohrbach. Q&A to follow.


  • Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), artist, author, and professor of photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), author, essayist, and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
  • Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Diné), photographer and director of the C. N. Gorman Museum and professor in the Department of Native American Studies at University of California, Davis

Noon–1 p.m.

Lunch break
Lunch will be provided for an additional fee of $15 for those interested in eating on campus. Boxed lunches will be provided by Central Market. Cut-off date for purchasing a boxed lunch is Sunday, October 23.

1–2:30 p.m.

“Imagining Community”
Each speaker will present on their work or research for 15 minutes each. Then, they will come together for a moderated conversation, led by artist and exhibition co-curator Will Wilson (Diné). Q&A to follow.


  • Dylan McLaughlin (Diné), sound and video artist
  • Ryan RedCorn (Osage), photographer, co-founder of the 1491s, an Indigenous comedy troupe, founder of ad agency Buffalo Nickel Creative, and staff writer for FX’s tv show Reservation Dogs
  • Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena/Jewish), photographer

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during this event.

A recording of the lectures will be available on the Carter’s YouTube channel four weeks after the event.

Questions? Email or call 817.989.5013.

Event Sponsors

Image: Zig Jackson (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) (b. 1957), Indian Man on the Bus, Mission District, San Francisco, California, 1994, inkjet print, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, P2021.7, © Zig Jackson Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, North Dakota

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Part of: Exhibition Talks