Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Not Native Art? Replication, Misrepresentation, Forgery, and Other Vexed Identities

 Janet Catherine Berlo

 Monday, September 23, 6:00 PM in Dunning Hall, Room 11. 

In the twenty-first century, scholars, collectors, and artists all must grapple with ethical issues concerning who has the right to make and/or represent Native art. Yet the history of the making of First Nations art is riddled with misrepresentations and even forgeries, many of which have not been fully explored nor unmasked in the literature on these topics. This lecture, derived from a book-in-progress on the topic, will focus on Indigenous artistry of the Northwest Coast, and the “vexed identities” of some of its makers.

Janet Catherine Berlo is Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York. She has authored numerous books, exhibition catalogue essays, and other publications on First Nations art, including the widely used textbook, Native North American Art (with Ruth B. Phillips, Oxford University Press, second edition, 2015). 


To learn more about her please visit her university page here: Janet Catherine Berlo's university page

“Northwest Coast” mask made in Indonesia, post-1994, Albesia wood, Private collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Posted on Monday September 23, 2019.