Gund Lecture 2017: Fantasia on the Prairie

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Date(s) - 10/14/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Clowes Court, Eiteljorg Museum


As a part of the Gund Lecture series, The Eiteljorg Museum presents Fantasia on the Prairie: Plains Warriors, Arabic Equestrians, and Art on the American Frontier, 1800-1850. Through this lecture, Mary Peterson Zundo, scholar in American Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will examine depictions of Native American equestrianism within the sociopolitical and multicultural contexts of colonial encounter in the American West and American artistic exchange in post-Napoleonic France.

The program will explore the artistic, cultural, and political contexts that informed paintings of the American West in the first half of the 19th century and their lasting impact on the ways in which artists depicted Native peoples.

This interdisciplinary humanities lecture and paper will advance scholarly understanding of the multiple roles art played in shaping the ways in which United States citizens and Europeans envisioned the Native peoples whose lands they sought to dominate.

The Gund Lecture is included with the price of admission to the museum. IUPUI faculty and students receive free admission with their Jag Tags.

This program has been made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by the Indianapolis Arts Council and the Indiana Arts Commission.