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‘Picturing Native’ exhibition at Day Gallery features Native American photography, lectures

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “Picturing Native: Photographs from Edward Curtis, Horace Poolaw and Zig Jackson” will be on display at the University of South Dakota beginning Thursday, Dec. 20 at the John. A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

In addition to the exhibition, which runs through Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, “Picturing Native” will include campus lectures from Jackson and Linda Poolaw, daughter of Horace Poolaw, along with a reception honoring them from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Day Gallery. Jackson will be on campus to talk about contemporary photography at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Day Gallery while Linda Poolaw will discuss her father’s photographic work at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 in the John A. Day Gallery. The artist lectures, exhibition and reception are all free and open to the public.

“Picturing Native” features the relationship between the photographic medium and the portrayal of American Indian subjects in the past 100 years. The exhibition will feature a small selection of photogravures by Edward Curtis from his publication, The North American Indian (1907 – 1930).  This extensive publication, comprised of 10 portfolios and nearly 700 plates, are on loan from the University Libraries Archives and Special Collections at USD. In addition to the photogravures, the exhibition will feature work by Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), who photographed his family and their daily lives in Oklahoma during a transitional period of assimilation from the 1930s through the 1950s. The exhibition will also showcase the contemporary photography of Jackson (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara). Jackson’s photographs tackle Native American needs and problems, including poverty, alcoholism and suicide.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on the weekends by appointment. University Art Galleries will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan.1, 2013. For more information about upcoming exhibitions, please email Alison Erazmus, director of the University Art Galleries, at or call at (605) 677-3177.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News