Media advisory: Scholar will discuss art by Native American women in annual Donald Danforth Jr. Lecture

By | September 24, 2018

Sherry Farrell Racette

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 24, 2018—Sherry Farrell Racette will focus on the work of Native American women when she delivers the annual Donald Danforth Jr. Lecture on Native American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Saturday, Oct. 13.

While the North American fur trade is typically discussed as a male endeavor, objects in museum collections bear witness to the importance of women in radically changing economies. The majority of items on trade lists were materials used by women to create clothing, accessories and ceremonial objects. Farrell Racette will discuss how stitches trace the gestures of women’s hands as they transformed new materials into both ancient and innovative forms.

The lecture—titled “Trading Women: Beads, Cloth, and Innovation on the Northern Plains”—begins at 11 am in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium. The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in-person at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

Farrell Racette is associate professor in the department of visual arts, media, art and performance at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. An interdisciplinary scholar with an active arts and curatorial practice, she has worked extensively in archives and museum collections with an emphasis on retrieving women’s voices and recovering aesthetic knowledge.

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