Native exhibit proves to be a big draw

January 13, 2014 by  

The exhibit “James Otto Lewis’s Aboriginal Portfolio: American Indian Portraits, 1820s – 1830s” has proved to be a big hit.

The exhibition, which began last November during Native American Heritage Month, will be on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri until May, and features a collection of the artist’s hand-colored lithographs. These were the first significant Native illustrations created by an American artist which showed the reality of Native American everyday life. Each lithograph is also accompanied by the artist’s impressions of the work taken from his writings.

This February, the curator of the exhibit, Joan Stack, will be hosting a walkthrough of the exhibit. She will describe each one and how they fit with the theme of the display as well as provide historical background to each illustration.

Historic prints such as these not only let us experience what early Native American’s looked and dressed like, but they also give great examples of the lithography printing techniques that have been used in the past. It’s possible that those who work for Columbia graphics or printing companies will want to visit the exhibit and study how prints were created in the 19th century; it may also give them ideas for their latest printing project.

“James Otto Lewis’s Aboriginal Portfolio: Aboriginal Indian Portraits, 1820s – 1830s” is showing at the Corridor Gallery Research Center until May 31. The walk through will take place on February 1 beginning at 1:30 PM. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday. For more information, call 573-882-7083.

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