George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings
September 14, 2008 – January 4, 2009
East Building, Ground Floor, Northeast

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 21 paintings and drawings depicting American Indians created during the 1880s by American artist George de Forest Brush were on display in this exhibition. Included were 2 recent gifts to the National Gallery of Art and loans from museums in the United States and private collections. Some of the works had been in private hands since shortly after they were painted and had only rarely been available for public viewing before this exhibition. Life studies produced while Brush lived on the Shoshone and Arapahoe reservations in 1882 were on view in the first room of the exhibition followed by his later studio paintings of American Indians in the second room.

Curator Nancy K. Anderson presented an opening-day lecture titled George de Forest Brush: The Indian as Metaphor. The Wyeth Foundation for American Art Conference on Images of Native Americans, 1600–2000, was held on December 4 and 5 in conjunction with the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington. A family workshop, "Drawing Inspiration," was held on two weekends in October and November. Film Indians Now! a film series jointly sponsored by the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian, offered a program of contemporary portrayals of American Indians in movies, followed by lectures and discussions with filmmakers, curators, and scholars. The programs were held weekends in October and November in the East Building Auditorium and the National Museum of the American Indian Rasmussen Theater. On November 9, music performed by the Coast Orchestra accompanied the silent film In the Land of the Head Hunters. A concert of music by native American and American composers was given by the Singers' Companye on November 23.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the Seattle Art Museum. Nancy K. Anderson, curator of American and British paintings, National Gallery of Art, was the exhibition curator.

Attendance: 71,245

Catalog: George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings by Nancy K. Anderson et al. Washington: National Gallery of Art in association with Lund Humphries, Hampshire U.K., 2008.

Other Venues: Seattle Art Museum, February 26–May 24, 2009

Image: George de Forest Brush, An Aztec Sculptor, 1887, oil on wood, Gift (Partial and Promised) of the Ann and Tom Barwick Family Collection, 2005.107.1

Audio and Video

George de Forest Brush, Part 2: Tradition and Modernity
Audio, Released: September 23, 2008, (6:52 minutes)
George de Forest Brush, Part 1: The Advent of the Indian Paintings
Audio, Released: September 16, 2008, (7:06 minutes)
Press Event: George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings
Audio, Released: September 9, 2008, (16:18 minutes)