CHF 2014: Journeys
Unpacking the Indian Corner
Terra Foundation Lecture on American Art
Collecting Native American baskets, blankets, and bowls
was the fad of the early 20th century. Americans brought
these objects home, displaying them in domestic nooks
called “Indian corners.” Was this cultural fetishization,
or was something else going on? Art historian Elizabeth
Hutchinson unpacks the phenomenon and links it to the
history of American art.
This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear grant
from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra
Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration,
understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the United
States for national and international audiences. This program
is also presented in partnership with The Newberry Library
and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American
Culture at the University of Chicago.
Image by Annie Dipert
Elizabeth Hutchinson teaches the history of North American art and visual culture at Barnard College and Columbia University. Her work looks at art as a record of its makers’ and users’ experiences of historical change and intercultural contact or, to put it more simply, it asks how art can help us understand modernity, particularly as it was experienced in the American West. She is the author of a book, The Indian Craze, and numerous articles and exhibition catalog essays.
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