Sep 9, 2011

Museum curator to present 2011 Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Christina Burke, curator of Native American and non-western art at the Philbrook Museum of Art, will present the 2011 Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture at the University of South Dakota at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Farber Hall in Old Main.

Burke’s presentation, "Turning Points:  Oscar Howe and the Philbrook’s Indian Annual" explores the Howe’s involvement with the Indian Annual, especially after the controversy of the rejection of his piece “Umine Wacipe” from the 1958 show. Burke, a member of the Native American Art Studies Association board for eight years, is responsible for the care, research and exhibition of the Native American, African and Asian collections at the Philbrook Museum of Art, which is located in Tulsa, Okla. and has a long standing history of exhibiting contemporary Native American art.  

The Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture honors the work of one of South Dakota’s most famous and prolific Native American artists. Scholars, students and artists are invited to the memorial lecture as a way to continue research and scholarship on Howe’s artwork and legacy as an arts educator. Oscar Howe’s paintings of abstracted Yanktonai Sioux dances and rituals forged a path toward a new consciousness in Native American art in the mid-20th century. Howe, a professor at the University of South Dakota from 1957-1980, argued and advocated that Native American art could be both modern and authentically native.

Burke is also one of three jurors for the Northern Plains Indian Art Market. The juried art show and a reception for the artists begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, S.D. Cost is $25 per person. The Art Market will be open the following day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Ramkota Hotel Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. Admission is $5 per day or $7 for a two-day pass. Children under 12 are free. Additionally, the Multicultural Center in Sioux Falls will host a traditional powwow at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. The powwow is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture, please contact Alison Erazmus, director of University Art Galleries, at or call (605) 677-3177.  For more information about the Northern Plains Indian Art Market or powwow, please call (605) 856-8100.

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