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“Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark”
Two U.Va. Art Museum Lectures Focus On American Indian Life

January 23, 2003--

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: U.Va. Art 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

In conjunction with the exhibit, “Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American Art and the American West,” the University of Virginia offers two talks based on works featured in the show.

Mary Jo Ayers, the museum’s adjunct curator of Native American art, will give a gallery talk, “Native American Objects, Their Interpretations and Histories.” On view are 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 from the museum’s collection. These works reflect the continued contact Native Americans had with Euro-Americans.

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.

Kenneth Haltman, associate professor of American art history and American studies, Michigan State University, will lecture about “Ethnographic Metaphor in Images of Native America by George Catlin, Karl Bodmer and Their Contemporaries.” George Catlin and Karl Bodmer documented the lives, manners and customs of the Plains Indians through portraits and landscapes. Included in the exhibit are 28 prints by the artists on loan from the A.G. Edwards Corporation Collection through sponsorship of the Charlottesville A.G. Edwards office.

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

The exhibition 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 talks and exhibit, and for information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.

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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