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Exhibition: 'Race and Representation'

Friday, 07 December, 2018

Race and Representation: Euro-American Depictions of Native Americans and Their Cultures, a joint effort of the art history course ARTH 4900 Research Methods and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, inspired by the recent donation of art and historical artifacts to the University by Timothy and Jeanne Drone, will open on Friday, Dec. 7, with a reception and light refreshments served from 4-7 p.m., at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA). It  will remain on view until May 26, 2019.


Race and Representation presents a selection of nineteenth-century Euro-American lithographs of portraits, activities, and rituals of Indigenous North Americans from the perspective of postcolonialism, a methodology for interpreting visual culture that brings the past and present results of imperialism to the foreground. Underscoring the reciprocating impacts that colonizers and the colonized have on each other, this exhibition seeks to provide a recontextualization of these images through the lens of Euro- and Native American relations.


Curated by associate professor of art history Bradley Bailey, Ph.D., and students Jordan Behenna, Nicholas di Napoli, Raegan Jackson, Braden Kirvida, Bailey McCulloch, Mary McGuire, Marguerite Passaglia, and Ela Sutcu, with the support of SLUMA director Petruta Lipan and registrar-collections manager Kathryn Reid, Race and Representation was conceived as an opportunity for advanced art history students to work directly with the University collection while benefiting from the experience of faculty and staff.