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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Conversations With Series: Artists

6 of 22 programs from the Conversation With... Series that offer personal interviews with an eclectic group of artists who discuss their lives and their art. Produced by the College of Santa Fe. Programs available on 6 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 6-Disc Set. (Complete Series Click for more

Michael Naranjo

Naranjo, Michael

"Highly Recommended. Michael Naranjo's story is incredible and emotionally humbling in so many ways. Here in his own words he shares how he overcame his war-inflicted blindness to become a sculptor." -National Media Review
"Blind artist Michael Naranjo's style is relatively simple - he uses his fingernails to etch the detail in his sculptures. Tools are impractical since he can't see what the end of the tool is doing. His sense of touch has been refined by contact with the masters; he has been invited to examine Michelangelo's DAVID in Florence, Italy and the Medici's VENUS at the Louvre in Paris, France. He organized touring touchable exhibits at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, seeking to let others have direct contact with art. Also he and his wife, Laurie, established the Touched by Art Fund." -Southwest Art
Michael Naranjo iis an accomplished Native American sculptor, who also happens to be blind. In this program host Willa Shalit sensitively speaks with this inspiring artist about his life, his family and his art. Michael we learn was a veteran blinded in 1968 in a rice field in Vietnam searching for the enemy; then, during his recovery, his thoughts went back to his youth at the Santa Clara Pueblo and in Taos, New Mexico, where his mother, Rose, was a distinguished ceramic potter; this led him to begin work in clay until after much trial and error he gained confidence to become a sculptor. Here we see rare footage of the sculptor as he is allowed the unique privilege to "see" Michelangelo's David with his hands for three hours. Lastly, we are treated to his stories behind two of his sculptures, Secrets and Gray Fox. 98/07DE JSCA 30 min.





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