the Legacy of Lewis and Clark”
Two U.Va. Art Museum Lectures Focus On American Indian Life
January 23, 2003--
Gallery Talk — “Native American Objects, Their Interpretations
Mary Jo Ayers, adjunct curator of Native American art
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
U.Va. Art Museum
Exhibition Lecture — “Ethnographic Metaphor in Images
of Native America by George Catlin, Karl Bodmer and Their Contemporaries”
Kenneth Haltman, associate professor of American art history and
American studies, Michigan State University
Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 153
Reception to follow in the museum
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.
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.
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.
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
exhibit is part of the University’s national celebration of
the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
exhibition runs through Sunday, March 2.
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking
is available behind the museum.
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/.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298