Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm8:00pm.
Hamilton Building - lower level Congdon Boardroom DenverCO
Ticketed with member discount
Call 720-913-0130, or buy online.

This Little Known Work: Museums, Northwest Coast Art, and the Great Depression

with Christopher Patrello

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 info@friendsofnativearts.org or call 720-913-0162.