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U.Va. Art Museum Begins Spring Schedule With Tribute To The Legacy Of Lewis And Clark And American Indian Art

December 18, 2002--

WHAT: “Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American Art and the American West”

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, March 2

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum

The 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.

“Honoring 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 loans.

The exhibit is part of the University’s national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Trade 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.

On 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.

Included 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.

The exhibition opens Saturday, Jan. 11, and runs through Sunday, March 2.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available behind the museum.

For details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.

Events related to the exhibit:

WHAT: Exhibition Reception
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: In the museum

WHAT: Gallery Talk — “Native American Objects, their Interpretations and Histories”
WHO: Mary Jo Ayers, adjunct curator of Native American art
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
WHERE: In the museum

WHAT: 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

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 153 Reception to follow in the museum
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Available images may be viewed at

http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/Exhibitions/lewisandclark/images.html. 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 jford@virginia.edu.

“An Assiniboin Chief” by George Catlin, 1844

“Buffalo Hunt Under White Wolf Skin” by George Catlin, 1844
http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/Exhibitions/lewisandclark/catlin2.tif

“Herd of Bisons on the Upper Missouri” by Karl Bodmer, 1839-43
http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/Exhibitions/lewisandclark/bodmer2.tif

“Interior of the Hut of a Mandan Chief” by Karl Bodmer, 1839-43
http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/Exhibitions/lewisandclark/bodmer1.tif

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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