“Cowboys and Indians: Remington’s Characters” Lecture March 9 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

February 28, 2008

With Susannah Maurer, assistant curator at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, as a guide, explore how Frederic Remington understood the peoples of the American West during “Cowboys and Indians: Remington’s Characters” on Sunday, March 9, at 2 pm. This lecture, held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, is free.

Remington Looking West explores how Frederic Remington shaped America’s vision of the West, and Maurer will investigate this through a close look at the various “characters” that the artist used throughout his career. Maurer will examine how Remington portrayed people—either as individuals or as types—and whether his depictions of various groups differed in notable ways. While Remington’s work is inhabited by cowboys, Indians, soldiers, and scouts, the absence of other important participants in the history of western expansion is worthy of consideration, particularly in the context of 19th-century notions of identity and typing. In addition, Maurer will consider how the artist’s portrayals of people changed during his career, especially in the transition from commercial illustration to fine art.

While at the UAMA, Maurer has curated Louise Serpa: American Rodeo Pictures and Goya’s Mastery in Prints: Los Caprichos, and she is currently working on an exhibition of American portraiture. Past projects include working on the Clark’s fall 2005 exhibition Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History. While working at the Whitney Gallery of Western Art at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, Maurer contributed to William Ranney: An American Artist. Maurer holds an MA in Art History from Williams College and a BA from Dartmouth College.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Remington shaped America’s vision of the West with illustrations, sculpture, and painting. Remington Looking West brings together the Clark’s iconic works by the artist with those from public and private collections to explore how he came to this vision and how it evolved throughout his career. Also included in the exhibition are photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks from his personal collection that allow you to “look over Remington’s shoulder” and understand his working process. Remington Looking West is on view through May 4.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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