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Edward Curtis and The North American Indian

October 30 - December 20, 2014

Sponsored by The Mellema Program in Western American Studies & the Office for Multicultural Affairs

From October 30 to December 20, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents Tracing the Past: Edward Curtis and The North American Indian, and joins in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans during Native American History Month. This exhibition pairs over 40 original photogravures from Edward Curtis’ early 20th century documentary project on The North American Indian, with 24 Native American artifacts from the same era.

The Center Art Gallery is grateful to the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Grand Rapids Public Museum for loans of the Edward Curtis photogravures and Native American artifacts.


“Vanishing Indians? Native Americans and the Documentary Photography of Edward Curtis”
Friday, November 7, 7pm (Covenant Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall) Reception to follow
Lecture with professors, Willam Katerberg & Elizabeth Van Arragon
This lecture will attempt to put in historical context Edward Curtis and the Native American subjects in his photographs. Professors Katerberg and Van Arragon will look at depictions of Native Americans in the 19th and early 20th century and explore the context of documentary/portrait photography at the time.

“Reel Injun” – 2009
Thursday, November 13, 6pm (DeVos Center, Bytwerk Theatre)
Film introduction with professor William Katerberg
“Reel Injun” is a documentary film that explores the many stereotypes about Natives in film, illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native people in Hollywood movies.

 “The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, CIPX”
Friday, November 21, 7pm (Covenant Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall) Reception to follow
Lecture with artist, William Wilson
Artist William Wilson, who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation, will present on his work, where he seeks to resume the documentary mission of Curtis from the standpoint of a 21st century indigenous practitioner.

“More Than Frybread” – 2011
Thursday, December 4, 6pm (DeVos Center, Bytwerk Theatre)
Film introduction with professor Carl Plantinga
A documentary-style film centered on the fictionalized 1st Annual Frybread Championship in the state of Arizona, “More Than Frybread” follows frybread makers from the twenty-two federally recognized tribes in Arizona as they compete for the title.

Image credit: Edward Curtis, Canon de Chelly-Navaho, Volume 1 - 1907, photogravure


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Lisa Walcott

October 30 - December 20, 2014

From October 30 to December 20, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents LET ME GET A GOOD LOOK AT YOU, an exhibition by artist Lisa Walcott. An installation artist and kinetic sculptor based in Holland, Michigan, Walcott's work is an active and playful vignette that gives viewers reason to immerse themselves and pay close attention.

Artist Statement
Part absurdist vignette, part surrealist ditty, and part sculptural pursuit, my body of work circles around ideas of transition, embodies moods, references time (without much regard) and plays in space. In Let me get a good look at you, the viewer is able to immerse themselves in the installation. Protruding from and activating the plenum space (area above the ceiling tiles), the installation mimics the function of the gallery itself with the working parts being mounted in the utilitarian working space of the gallery animating inaccessible spaces while giving the viewer room to contemplate poetic depth in architecture.

Artist Talk & Reception

Friday, November 14 - 1:30pm (Spoelhof 150)
Join the artist for a talk about her current installation and body of work in the Department of Art and Art History art history classroom 150.
Reception at 6pm (Center Art Gallery)

Image credit: Lisa Walcott, Vice Versa, site specific installation

Upcoming Exhibitions

Take a look at the upcoming exhibition schedule for 2014-15 season.