Art Museum Begins Spring Schedule With Tribute To The Legacy Of
Lewis And Clark And American Indian Art
December 18, 2002--
“Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American Art
and the American West”
Saturday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, March 2
University of Virginia Art Museum
Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 opened the American West.
During the two centuries that followed, photographers and artists
recorded the landscape and American Indians they encountered on
their travels. These images, represented in books, prints, and photographs,
expanded knowledge of the frontier and provide an historical look
at the culture and landscape they confronted.
the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American Art and the American
West” pays homage to American Indian art and culture
with objects from the museum’s permanent collection and private
exhibit is part of the University’s national celebration of
the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
between American Indians and Europeans was well established in some
areas by the early 19th century. Lewis and Clark carried glass beads
popular with American Indian women for use in their arts. Dating
from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, the objects in the exhibit
offer evidence that nearly 100 years later, the American Indians
encountered by Lewis and Clark maintained their traditional styles
and methods of production incorporating native and trade materials.
view will be 35 objects including beaded garments from the Plains
and Prairie peoples, basketry utilizing local fibers crafted by
tribes living on the plateaus and American Indian objects that reflect
continued contact with Euro-Americans.
in the exhibit will be 28 prints by artists George Catlin and Karl
Bodmer who documented the lives, manners and customs of the Plains
Indians through portraits and landscapes. The prints are on loan
from the A. G. Edwards Corporate Collection through the sponsorship
of the Charlottesville A.G. Edwards office.
exhibition opens Saturday, Jan. 11, and runs through Sunday, March
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking
is available behind the museum.
details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call
(434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.
related to the exhibit:
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: In the museum
Gallery Talk — “Native American Objects, their Interpretations
WHO: Mary Jo Ayers, adjunct curator of Native American
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
WHERE: In the museum
Exhibition Lecture — “Ethnographic Metaphor in Images
of Native America by George Catlin, Karl Bodmer and their Contemporaries”
WHO: Kenneth Haltman, associate professor of American
art history and American studies, Michigan State University
Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 153 Reception to follow
in the museum
Available images may be viewed at
Bodmer and Catlin mages are available online. Links and descriptions
are below. American Indian images are available by e-mail attachment.
If you have difficulty accessing them or need prints or slides,
contact Jane Ford (434) 924-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assiniboin Chief” by George Catlin, 1844
Hunt Under White Wolf Skin” by George Catlin, 1844
of Bisons on the Upper Missouri” by Karl Bodmer, 1839-43
of the Hut of a Mandan Chief” by Karl Bodmer, 1839-43
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298