The Art History department often invites special guest speakers to our classes as part of our curriculum in order to enrich student understanding of the relevant course material. In addition, we frequently go on field trips to local art galleries and museums to engage with actual works of art in person. The Spring Lecture is intended to reach a larger audience from across the campus and from the community, and to introduce relevant, pressing and important themes in art history and visual and popular culture.
Indigenous Women Artists in the Age of Truth and Reconciliation
Guest speaker: Dr. Megan Smetzer
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Innovation and creativity have always been central to the cultural expressions of Indigenous women. New ideas and materials, introduced throughout the history of settler colonialism, were used to continue important cultural practices in increasingly difficult contexts. This process remains a crucial means for critiquing, resisting, and transforming the still fraught interactions between Indigenous peoples and newcomers. A number of exceptional Indigenous women artists are utilizing diverse media to foreground Indigenous worldviews as a way to heal their own communities as well as illuminate the consequences of our entwined histories for a wider public.
This event was jointly sponsored by the Art History department, the Women's and Gender Studies department and First Nations Student Services.
Megan A. Smetzer, PhD, is an art historian who teaches, publishes and lectures on historical and contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous cultural expressions, focusing on women’s work and the production of transcultural art. She is currently working on her book Painful Beauty: Tlingit Women, Beadwork and the Art of Resilience.
2017 Annual Art History Spring Lecture
2017 Annual Art History Spring Lecture (PDF)
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