Manhattanville College Department of Art History is hosting its annual Arthur M. Berger Lecture with featured guest Michelle Anne Delaney, director of the consortium for understanding the American experience, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Delaney will speak on a collection of photographs by Gertrude Käsebier, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors.”
“As a 1987 alumna in American Studies, Ms. Delaney provides a great role model for our students of where one can go with a Manhattanville education,” said Manhattanville professor Gillian Hannum, who helped to organize the event. “She has earned an international reputation as a scholar and curator.”
The lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct, 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Room of Reid Castle.
Käsebier’s photographs were inspired by a viewing of the grand parade of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West troupe en route to Madison Square Garden and the group of Sioux Indians travelling with the show.
The National Museum of American History and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center jointly sponsored the exhibition “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors,” a collection of more than a hundred photographs, printed photogravures and related pictographs drawings by the Sioux men. It was on view this spring at in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery. Delaney published a companion book, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier in 2007.
Delaney is the former curator of photography in the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, where she has worked since 1989. Her research interests focus on the invention of American photography (1840-60), experiments in early color photography, the history of art photography, the photography of motion, and contemporary photojournalism. Curator of 19 Smithsonian exhibitions, Delaney and her co-editors received the 2009 Smithsonian Secretary's Research Prize for the exhibition catalog, “The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise.”
She holds a master's degree in American Studies with a specialty in Material Culture from the George Washington University. In October 2011, Delaney will begin a History Ph.D program with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, specializing in Western American Studies, and researching "Advance Work: Art and Advertising in Buffalo Bill's Wild West."