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In response to declining visitorship during the 1930s, cultural institutions increasingly turned to corporations for both financial assistance and curatorial direction.
In doing so, museums reframed Native American material culture—and Northwest Coast artifacts in particular—as “objets d’art” that belonged in both fine arts museums and modern American homes.
Corporate patronage of museum exhibitions increased significantly during the post-War era, thus establishing a model of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that benefited both corporate actors and cultural institutions.
Native American material culture moved in and out of various object categories based upon the ideas of each era and the circumstances of the corporate and cultural institutions involved.
This lecture by Chris Patrello examines this intersection of curatorial display and merchandising of Northwest Coast art that emerged during the Great Depression.
Please join us starting at 6 pm for a dessert reception in the lower level lobby of Sharp Auditorium.
Doors open at 5:50 pm
For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0162.
Chris Patrello is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Art at the Denver Art Museum. He received his PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Prior to coming to Denver, he was a Peter Buck Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on early ethnographic collections of Northwest Coast material culture, the physical and intellectual infrastructures that facilitate its circulation, and the agency of objects.
Sponsored by Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, a DAM support group.
Image: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WPA Poster Collection [LC-USZC2-5734]