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January 20, 2006

Through March 4:: MARQUEE MASSACRES – Native Americans in 100 Years of Movie Graphics

Art Exhibit January 27-March 4, 2006

Marquee Massacres
Native Americans in One Hundred Years of Global Movie Graphics 

Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, 6th and Willamette in downtown Eugene. Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

See the portrayal of Native Americans in 100 years of rare movie posters and motion picture graphics, curated by law professor and film historian Rennard Strickland

In addition to his expertise on film history and movie graphics, Strickland is a major figure in legal education who introduced Indian law into the university curriculum. He is the author of 40 popular and scholarly books on Native American law and culture, including “Tonto’s Revenge or Who is the Seminole in the SiouxNative  War Bonnet? The Cinematic Indian!” 
Rennard Strickland In his curator’s statement, Strickland writes:

“More than half a century ago, Warner Brothers Studio came to my hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma.  They came to make Jim Thorpe: All American, a film about the Native American athlete who had just been selected as the greatest sports hero of the first half of the twentieth-century. This exhibit reflects what I, as a grade-schooler of Osage and Cherokee heritage, observed at that time and what, as a professor of Indian law, I have continued to observe: The Hollywood Indian and the historic Indian ain’t the same. 

The Real Indian and the Reel Indian are very different. 

‘Marquee Massacre’ brings together movie images of Native Americans as reflected in advertising posters from around the world and from throughout the century.  The purpose of this exhibition is to reflect the duality of Native stereotypes — ranging from the Indian as “Savage Sinner” to the Indian as “Redskinned Redeemer.” 

These posters include the very first late nineteenth century poster from an Indian film as well as American and foreign images continuing up to a 2005 International Indian Film Festival sponsored by the Cherokee Nation. 

In a final section of the exhibition, we have gathered the Native American artistic response to stereotypic screen images.  These are reflected in sculpture, pottery, photographs, lithography, books and films. . . These posters are important works of graphic art that illustrate the evolution of advertising design and style in the highly focused and influential entertainment industry. “

Friday, January 27 3:30-4:30 P.M. 
Rennard Strickland gallery talk
Friday, January 27 5:30-8:30 P.M.
Opening reception
Friday, February 3 3:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M.
Lane Arts Council First Friday Artwalk
February 10-12  
Bijou Film Series 

Imagining Indians

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