Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lecture Series at the Eiteljorg

To celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, the Eiteljorg has a lot on its calendar, including a special exhibition called "Facing West." It's also offering a series of lectures about American Indians and Western art -- and the topics aren't ones you're likely to see discussed locally again.

First up: "I See by Your Outfit," this Saturday at noon (free with admission). Here's the description from the Eiteljorg's events calendar: "There is no doubt that with just a cowboy hat and a pair of cowboy boots, an image of a Westerner is immediately created. Why is this image so ingrained, and where did it come from? We will explore origins of style for hats and boots, showing how this particular portrait has changed through time."

Other lectures in the series (all held at noon) include:
  • What does a portrait tell us, and what is left out? (May 16)
  • Cultural heroes (June 20)
  • Curtis vs. Curtis (about controversial photographer Edward S. Curtis) (July 18)
Also coming up are several art workshops with the museum's artist in residence, Mary Tafoya of the Santa Domingo Pueblo. On May 9, she'll teach a morning workshop on mosaics ($25) and an afternoon workshop on inlay jewelry ($45). Registration is required; call (317) 636-9378.

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