Western American Art Curator to Speak at St. Lawrence | St. Lawrence University

Western American Art Curator to Speak at St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence University will host Thomas Brent Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the​ Denver Art Museum, who will discuss his curatorial career, his interest in the art of the American and Canadian West and the development of the Western American Art exhibition at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, in Griffiths Art Center, Room 123. An informal reception will follow in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery.

Smith will also give an informal gallery talk at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington Street in Ogdensburg. Both appearances are free and open to the public.

Smith held earlier curatorial positions at the Tucson Museum of Art; the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming; and the C.M. Russell Center at the University of Oklahoma. 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 Feb. 4. 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. 

For more information, contact 315-229-5184.