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January 03, 2003

Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Northwest Coast Native American Art

January 14 - February 25, 2003

Seattle -- In conjunction with the major exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles, the Burke Museum will present a series of lectures and panel discussions by distinguished speakers in the field of Northwest Coast Art. The series, Contemporary Issues in Northwest Coast Native Art, will examine the ethical, historical, personal, and cultural issues that have arisen over the last five decades of Northwest Coast Art and that are important today. All lectures will take place at Kane Hall, on the University of Washington campus.

When: Lectures are Tuesday evenings, beginning January 14, and running through February 25.

* Tickets: Tickets are available at the door preceding each event -- there will be no advance ticket sales. Admission: $5 gen., $3 seniors, UW students, faculty, and staff, FREE to Burke Museum members.

Contemporary Issues in Northwest Coast Native Art is co-sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, the UW Canadian Studies Center, and University Book Store.


January 14, 2003, 7:30 pm, Kane Hall Rm. 130 * The Exploration of Northwest Coast Indian Art: 1774 to 2003 Bill Holm, Burke Museum Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art and UW Professor Emeritus of Art History. Bill Holm presents the 27th Annual Faculty Lecture and the first of the Burkes Native American Art lecture series. Holm will trace the outsiders?perception of Northwest Coast Indian art from the arrival of the first Europeans through the present day.

*note: this event is FREE to the public

January 21, 2003, 7:30 pm Kane Hall Rm. 110
What is Innovation in Traditional Art?
Steve Brown, UW Lecturer in Art History
Panelists: David Boxley, Tsimshian Artist, and others to be announced.
Contemporary Northwest Coast artists will discuss the juxtaposition between tradition and innovation in their work.

January 28, 2003, 7:30 pm, Kane Hall Rm. 120
Artist Presentation: Robert Davidson
Robert Davidson
Haida artist Robert Davidson discusses influences on the development of his art.

February 4, 2003, 7:30 pm, Kane Hall Rm. 110
Totem Poles in an Era of Empowerment and Repatriation Panel
Dr. Robin K. Wright, Burke Museum Curator of Native American Art and UW Professor of Art History.
Panelists: Nathalie Macfarlane, Director, Haida-Gwaii Museum, Skidegate, BC; Nika Collison, Curator and Cultural Specialist, Haida Gwaii Museum; and Cindy Boyko, Member of the Archipelago Management Board, Skidegate, BC
Case studies in pole repatriations and new approaches to cultural resource management.

February 11, 2003, 7:30 pm, Kane Hall Rm. 110
The Indian Arts and Crafts Law Panel
Dr. James Nason, Burke Museum Curator of New World Ethnology and UW Professor of Anthropology.
Panelists: Robert Anderson, Director, Native American Law Center and UW Associate Professor of Law, Preston Singletary, Tlingit Artist, and Roxanne Chinook, Director of the Art Marketing Program at Northwest College.
Legal, academic, and cultural views on the Indian-ness?of Indian art.

February 18, 2003 * please note: there will be no lecture on this date

February 25, 2003, 7:30 pm, Kane Hall Rm. 120
Museums and Native Artists: A Vision for the Future
Dr. George MacDonald, Director, Burke Museum
Dr. MacDonald discusses the history and future of the relationship between museums and Northwest Coast Native peoples.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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