Montclair Art Museum

Montclair, NJ



American Indian Portraits: Elbridge Ayer Burbank in the West (1897-1910)


"American Indian Portraits: Elbridge Ayer Burbank in the West (1897-1910)" opens January 28, 2001 and will be on view until April 18, 2001 at The Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey. Eldridge Ayer Burbank (1858-1949) was a Chicago portraitist trained in Munich. Between 1897 and 1910 he created nearly 1,000 oil portraits of Native Americans, the most comprehensive collection of its kind. A rich survey of Burbank's Native American portraiture will be included from nearly every area of the West­from Montana to New Mexico and from Missouri to California. The exhibition will include 60 portraits, all painted from life, of such important figures as Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Chief Red Cloud, and Chief Naiche, among others.

American Indian Portraits: Elbridge Ayer Burbank in the West (1897-1910) was organized by The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio and also includes works from The Newberry Library, Chicago and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. The Montclair Art Museum's presentation of the exhibition is organized by Twig Johnson, Curator of Native American Art, and will be accompanied by educational programming, lectures, workshops and family programs. The comprehensive show is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue which is available at The Museum Store.

Concurrently on view in MAM's galleries will be Whitfield Lovell: Portrayals organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art. This traveling exhibition features a new body of 17 charcoal on wood of works by artist Whitfield Lovell. His latest format includes figurative imagery of one or more persons drawn on old wooden planks set against a wall and surrounded by antique, found objects. Imagination to Image: Pictorialist Photographs from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago features 70 works from the recently rediscovered photography collection of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The show includes outstanding Pictorialist works from the 1930's by Edward Steichen, Clarence H. White, Adolph Fassbender, Eastman Kodak Co., Anne W. Brigman, Dorothea Lange, and others.

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