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Lecture: Beadwork between the Worlds–the Artistic Interaction of Plains and European Traditions

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Date(s) - 04/13/2014
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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In honor of the current special exhibit, Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork, Dr. Rebecca R.S. Bailey will give the lecture, “Beadwork between the Worlds: the Artistic Interaction of Plains and European Traditions.”

“Tradition” is a word that seems to convey that there is a moment when a people, such as the Plains Indians, have a static cultural and artistic trajectory. Native North American “traditions” since c. 1500 CE are so involved with the European invasions, colonization, and economy that there cannot be such a perceived “pure or “authentic” art that is either preserved or attacked. Rather, the creative interactions, appropriations, and accommodations are themselves an on-going tradition, in which change is embraced and leads to a unique synthesis. Beadwork and clothing are especially key in this regard and will be discussed in relation to the exhibition Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork.

Dr. Bailey, the Masse-Martin/NEH Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Art History, Emory University and Faculty Curator of Art of the Americas, Michael C. Carlos Museum, is an expert on art of the Americas.

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