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Release Date: September 9, 2008

National Gallery of Art Offers Diverse Programs for George De Forest Brush Exhibition on View September 14, 2008–January 4, 2009

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art is offering a diverse program of lectures, films, concerts, gallery talks, and a conference for the exhibition George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings, on view September 14, 2008, through January 4, 2009, in the East Building. The first exhibition of Brush's remarkable paintings of American Indians—inspired in part by the recent rediscovery of An Aztec Sculptor(1887)—is premiering in Washington before traveling to the Seattle Art Museum, where it will be on view February 26 through May 24, 2009.

All programs are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit the Web site at, or inquire at the Information Desks.

George de Forest Brush: The Indian as Metaphor
September 14, 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Speaker: Nancy K. Anderson, curator of American and British paintings, National Gallery of Art. Book signing of exhibition catalogue George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings follows.

Images of the American Indian, 1600-2000
December 4, 3:00 to 6:00
National Museum of the American Indian, Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater
December 5, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

A Wyeth Foundation for American Art Conference, co-organized by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts with the National Museum of the American Indian. Illustrated lectures by noted scholars including Nancy K. Anderson, Philip Deloria, Leah Dilworth, Kate Flint, Michael Gaudio, Katherine Manthorne, Jolene Rickard, Paul Chaat Smith, and William Truettner.

Film Screenings and Discussions
Film Indians Now!
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

In association with NMAI, this series of films and discussions focuses on the portrayal of Native Americans in contemporary moving–image culture. Featuring eight separate events—four at the National Gallery and four at the National Museum of the American Indian—the series is offered in conjunction with the exhibitions George de Forest Brush at the Gallery and Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian at the National Museum of the American Indian. For a complete listing of all eight events at both museums, visit

October 4 at 2:00
(Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg for Walt Disney Pictures, 1995, 35 mm animation, 84 mins.)
preceded by Conversion
(Nanobah Becker, 2006, digital beta, Navajo with subtitles, 8 mins.)
Moderated discussion after the screenings with Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Meida, American University, filmmaker Nanobah Becker (Navajo), and Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway), research assistant, NMAI.

November 1 at 2:00
(Shane Belcourt, 2007, 35 mm, 102 mins.)
Moderated discussion with filmmakers Shane Belcourt and Christine Vachon follows the film.

November 22 at 2:00
A FUTURE REALIZED: Films by Today's Indian
November 22 at 2:00
Moderated discussion with curator Gerald McMaster and filmmakers Jeff Barnaby, Kevin Lee Burton, Dustinn Craig, Ramona Emerson, and Andrew Okpeaha MacLean follows the films.

December 6 at 2:00
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972, 35 mm, 175 mins.)
 Moderated discussion with filmmaker Chris Eyre and Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.

Film with live music
In the Land of the Headhunters
(Edward S. Curtis, 1914, mm, mins.)
Accompaniment by The Coast Orchestra
November 9, 6:30
East Building Auditorium
The National Gallery of Art's music and film departments will collaborate with the National Museum of the American Indian to present live musical accompaniment for the silent film, the first film to feature Native American performers.

The Singers' Companye
November 23, 6:30
West Garden Court
Choral music by Native American and other American composers

Gallery Talks
George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings (60 mins.)
Meet at East Building Information Desk
Sally Shelburne, Gallery staff lecturer
October 16, 21, 25; November 4, 13 at 1:00
November 20 at 2:00
December 6, 17 at noon

General Information

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Curator Biography:
Nancy Kay Anderson