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    Child Art of the American Indian

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    • February 13, 1938: Note: The exhibitions referred to will be available for press preview on the afternoon of Monday, February 14.

      On Friday afternoon, February 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 o’clock the Brooklyn Museum will open with a reception and preview for members and guests two exhibitions, "The Examination and Conservation of Works of Art" arranged by Mr. Sheldon Keck, Restorer, and Mr. John I.H. Baur, Curator of Contemporary Art; and "Child Art of the American Indian" arranged by the Education Division of the Museum. These exhibitions will be open to the public on Saturday, February 19, and will remain on view through March 27.

      Materials for the exhibition of work by Indian children have been assembled through the courtesy of the Honorable John Collier, Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

      At the preview on February 18 at 4:00 o’clock there will be a lecture by Mr. Sheldon Keck on "Scientific Examination of Works of Art and the Detection of Fraud." This is one of a series of Friday afternoon lectures being given at the Brooklyn Museum by various authorities on art.

      A series of moving pictures on Indian life and art will be run every Saturday morning throughout the period of the exhibition and will be open free to the public. The first of these, shown on Saturday morning, February 19, will include two films, "Life in an Indian Village and "Chetoga, Chief of the Ojibways."

      The committee of sponsors for this exhibition will act as hosts and hostesses at the opening. It is composed of the following patrons of the arts: Mrs. Paul Cameron Boyd, Brooklyn Girls Scouts; Honorable John Collier, Commissioner Bureau of Indian Affairs; Miss Edith M, Dabb, American Indian Councillor, National Board; Mr. Edwin Deming, Artist and Author; Mr. Don Carlos Ellis, Board of Education; Miss Phyllis Fenner, Librarian, Manhasset School; Mr. Milton J. Ferguson, Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Mr. Forest Grant, Director of Art; Mrs. Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg, Chlld Study Association Of America; Mr. George J. Hecht, Parent Magazine; Dr. Alice Koliher, Commission on Human Relations; Mrs. Zara B. Kimmy, Supervisor of Drawing, State Education Department; Miss Edith L. Nichols, Assistant Director of Art; Miss Nolen, Story Parade; Miss Ethel M. Orr, Elementary School Supervisor, Montclair; Miss Jacqueline Overton, Children’s Library, Robert Bacon Memorial; Dr. Beryl Parker, Associate Professor of Elementary Education, N. Y. University; Mr. Vincent A. Roy, Supervisor of Teacher Training, Pratt Institute, Mrs. Jacob Schechtor, United Parents Association of N.Y.C. Inc.; Miss Ethel L. Smith, Assistant Director of Elementary Education, Trenton; Mr. Herbert Joseph Spinden, Curator of Primitive Art, Brooklyn Museum, Mr. Vinal H. Tibbetts, Superintendent of Schools, Manhasset; and Mr. F. R. Wegner, Superintendent of Schools, Roslyn.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1937 - 1939. 01-02_1938, 027-8. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    • Date unknown, approximately 1938: The Brooklyn Museum is assembling materials for an Exhibition of Indian Child Art which will be shown for the period February 19 through April 3.

      This is the annual child art exhibition arranged by the Education Division of the Brooklyn Museum and will give a survey of the results of instruction in the arts and crafts at the Indian reservation schools both boarding and non-boarding. Materials are being collected through the Honorable John Collier, Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and his staff, Mr. William B. Newell, American Indian archeologist, was instrumental in securing the co-operation of the Indian schools. The exhibition will be interpreted to the public through a series of discussions on such topics as Indian Arts and Crafts, Indian Children, Indian Schools, led by authorities from the Indian office and other Educational Organizations. The entire plan is designed to make possible a closer contact with Indian Child Art and to encourage further study of Indians.

      Of 150 Indian schools invited to participate in the exhibition, thirty have so far accepted. Most of these schools are on Indian reservations but three are in predominantly white communities. The agricultural, forest and desert character of the environment is frequently reflected in the children’s work as is the mixture of American Indian and white civilizations in their social environments.

      The character of the work of these schools is as follows:
      Sequoyah O.T., Tahlequah, Okla,, Painting, Weaving Pottery and Shop Work
      Pierre Indian School, Pierre, S. D., Painting, Weaving, Wood Carving, Beading
      Wahpeton Indian School, Wahpeton, N. D., Painting, Weaving, Sculpturing, Pottery, Wood Carving, Shop Work
      Mescalero Indian School, Mescalero, N. Mexico. Wood Carving, Shop Work, Bead work
      Ft. Apache Day School, White River, Arizona, Painting and Pencil Sketches
      Albuquerque Indian School, Albuquerque, N. M., Painting, Weaving, Basketry, Pottery, Wood Carving, Shop work
      Navajo Service, Leupp, Arizona, Weaving, Shop work
      Santa Fee Indian School, Sonta Fee, N, M., Painting, Weaving, Pottery, Wood Carving, Bead work, Silversmith
      Pipestone Indian School, Pipestone, Minn., Shop work
      Blackfoot Indian Ag., Browning, Montana, Painting, Wood carving, Shop work, Beading
      Wind River Agency, Pt, Washakie, Wy., Painting, Weaving, Basketry, Shop work
      Tohatchi Area School, Tohatchi, N. Mexico, Painting, Weaving, Shoap work
      Lac du Flambeau Day School, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, Painting, Weaving, Wood carving, Shop work, Beading
      Cherokee Indian Ag., Cherokee, N. Carolina, Weaving, Basketry, Pottery, Wood carving
      Fort Sill Indian School, Lawton, Oklahoma, Wood carving, Shop work, Bead work, Leather work
      Cheyenne River Agency, Cheyenne River, S. D., Basketry, Shop work, Bead work
      Flandreau Indian School, Flandreau, S. Dakota, Weaving, Basketry, Shop work
      Chin Lee Indian School, Chin Lee, Arizona, Painting, Weaving, Wood carving, Shop work
      Tongue River Boarding School, Busby, Montana, Painting, Shop work, Needle craft
      San Carlos Indian School, San Carlos, Arizona, Painting, Weaving, Baskotry, Shop work
      0. C. High School, Pine Ridge, S. Dakota, Painting, Weaving, Pottery
      U. S. Indian Vocational School, Phoenix, Arizona, Painting, Wood carving, Shop work

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1937 - 1939. 01-02_1938, 017-8. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    • February 19, 1938: The Brooklyn Museum opened two exhibitions yesterday afternoon, February 18, with a reception and preview for members and guest: an exhibition of the "The Examination and Conservation of Works of Art" and an exhibition of "Child Art of the American Indian." Members of the Board of Trustees, Museum Staff and patrons of the Indian Exhibition were hosts. The list of patrons is enclosed herewith.

      Among those present were:

      Mr. Charles W. Geier
      Mrs. Laurance P. Roberts
      Mrs. Philip N. Youtz
      Mrs. Sheldon Keck
      Mrs. Ralph Root
      Miss Phyllis Fenner
      Miss Etchel Swantees
      Miss Mary B. Carberry
      Miss Florence Levy
      Mrs. Edward C. Blum
      Mrs. Grant H. Code
      Mr. Edward C. Blum
      Mr. adn Mrs. H. L. Hildebrant
      Mr. J. Garnett
      Miss Harriet B. Scott
      Miss Helen S. Russell
      Mrs. mary Bently Selbert
      Mrs. Edith Dobb
      Mrs. Briggs
      Miss Barbasa Bolan
      Mrs. Norby
      Mrs. F. R. Schepmoes
      Miss Marian Warner
      Mr. John A. Brave
      Professor Zucker
      Mrs. Albert M. Kohn
      Mrs. Eugene W. Stern
      Miss Mazie Emerson
      Mrs. H. P. Daniels
      Miss Mathilda Brownell
      Mrs. Edith Bori
      Mrs. William Lamd
      Mr. Robert I. Peters
      Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Keck
      Dr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Ritchie
      Mrs. William Llyod Garrison
      Mrs. Paker

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1937 - 1939. 01-02_1938, 033. View Original

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