Tuesday, July 6, 2010

PBS, NEH, Picturing America and Blackhawk's Ledger Book

By Eva Fognell, Curator of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

A few years ago, the National Endowment for the Humanities chose three exceptional artworks from The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art to represent a part of our national and cultural heritage in its initiative Picturing America. The project brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide through high-quality reproductions of notable American art. Picturing America gives participants the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history and culture in a fresh and engaging way using art as a catalyst for the study of America—the cultural, political, and historical threads woven into our nation’s fabric over time. http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/

I recently spent time with some people from a Public Broadcasting Service affiliate in New York City. Brian, Ben and their assistant interviewed me about one of the three Thaw artifacts, Blackhawk’s Ledger Drawing Book. Afterwards they filmed many of the pages from the book. Their upcoming program is a companion piece for Picturing America but geared towards an adult audience.

Finally we went into the gallery and they also shot some images of another object in our collection featured in Picturing America, the masterpiece basket Beacon Lights by Louisa Keyser, the famous Washoe weaver.

As soon as I know when the program will air I’ll let you all know!

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