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Kollar American Art Lecture – Elizabeth Hutchinson on Muybridge
WhenThursday, Apr. 18, 2019, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Campus locationHenry Art Gallery and Allen Center for The Visual Arts (HAG)
Campus roomAuditorium
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDivision of Art History, School of Art + Art History + Design
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This event is made possible by the Allan and Mary Kollar Endowed Chair in American Art History.

NOTE: The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

Muybridge on the Beach

In the summer of 1868, Eadweard Muybridge accompanied a military inspection of southeastern Alaska. The photographs do not inspire confidence in American command over the the newly-acquired territory. Many of the pictures are empty and unreadable, others record Tlingit comfort and collaboration with the local environment. Countering a longstanding argument that reads American landscape art as a tool of U.S. expansionism, this talk will argue that Muybridge's photographs offer a rare glimpse of the difficult conceptual work of imperialism.

Elizabeth West Hutchinson is Associate Professor of American Art History at Barnard College/Columbia University. She is the author of The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915 (Duke University Press, 2009) and a second book in progress, Muybridge’s Pacific Coast: Landscape Photographs and Cultural Topography, as well as many book chapters and articles on landscape representation, Native American art, and other topics. She has served as a curator and exhibition consultant for museums and galleries in the US and Europe.

To request disability accommodation, contact the UW Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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