Friday, February 8, 2019
Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture and Department of History will present the 2018-19 Haan Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, February 13 at 5 p.m. in the Museum. Melanie Printup Hope, an associate professor in the Faculty of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OACD) in Toronto, will deliver a lecture entitled “Making Indigenous Activism More Creative.” The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
Hope is of Tuscarora (Haudenosaunee) and European descent, and raised on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in western New York. An award winning and acclaimed artist, her talk will discuss linking traditional Indigenous forms, like beadwork, with electronic arts. Throughout her 30-year career, she has exhibited her work across North America and has received numerous fellowships and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, among others. In addition to her position at OCAD, she is professor emerita at the Sage Colleges (NY), and has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada.
“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Hope for what promises to be a really stimulating talk and conversation,” said Quentin Lewis, the Yager Museum’s collections and programs manager. “The Yager Museum originated with a collection of Native American artifacts, but the Museum has also been collecting and displaying contemporary Indigenous art for decades. Ms. Hope’s work is especially significant as she works to bring traditional artistic practices together with new media, and specifically around issues of activism and engagement that form the heart of this year’s Haan Lecture Series.”
The Haan Lecture Series is funded by the Richard L. Haan Fund for Native American Studies at Hartwick College.
Last November, as part of this series, the College hosted Dr. Rae Gould (Nipmuc), the senior tribal liaison at the University of Massachusetts. This April, the museum will welcome Amberdawn LaFrance, the cultural restoration program manager in the Department of the Environment of the St. Regis Mohawk, Hogansburg, NY.
Yager Museum of Art & Culture currently features three exhibitions on Native American culture:
Other exhibitions currently on view include:
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the College is in session. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and College holidays.
The Yager is the Oneonta area’s only museum of art and culture. Admission is free and parking is available near the entrance on the first floor of Yager Hall. To reach the Museum, take West Street to Clinton Street and turn right onto Cayuga Drive. Follow Cayuga Drive to Yager Hall. Parking is available adjacent to the Museum entrance.
For additional information on the Haan Memorial Lecture and related events, contact Lewis at 607-431-4481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.
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