Curator's Lecture: Thomas Brent Smith
Thomas Brent Smith is Curator of Western American Art and Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. He has written widely about Western art, including in The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014) which includes work by artists such as Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.
Smith is co-curator of the major exhibition, "Once Upon a Time… The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film" on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through February 4th. The exhibit, which originated at the Denver Art Museum, explores the West as seen in art and movies, including depiction of Native America and First Nation peoples, and themes related to questions still current today such as violence, the stereotypical representation of the sexes, interracial relationships, and the acceptance of difference.
Here at St. Lawrence University, he will speak about his curatorial career, his interest in the art of the American and Canadian West, and about the development of the exhibition currently on view in Montreal. His talk will be followed by an informal reception in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery.
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