Native American art curator will deliver SLAMS’ annual Danforth lecture

    ST. LOUIS —Emil Her Many Horses, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, will deliver the annual Danforth Lecture on Native American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    Her Many Horses, an associate curator and beadwork artist at National Museum of the American Indian, will examine how the introduction of new trade materials influenced the traditional art forms of porcupine quillwork and beadwork. As traditional artists utilized these new materials specific tribal styles would emerge through the use of quill and beadwork techniques as well as designs.

    The free lecture lecture—titled “Through Artists’ Eyes: The Donald Danforth Jr. Collection of Plains Indian Art”—begins at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s Farrell Auditorium.

    Her Many Horses is a member of the Oglala Lakota nation of South Dakota and is a contributor to the recently published catalogue Plains Indian Art of the Early Reservation Era, an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of one of the Danforth collection at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

    In 2010, Carolyn Danforth gave the museum 251 works of Plains Indian art collected by her late husband, Donald Danforth Jr. The 248-page, fully illustrated catalogue examines not only Donald Danforth Jr. and his sensibilities as a collector of Native American art, but also situates the artworks as evidence of remarkable creativity in the context of tumultuous historical change.

    The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Areas of notable depth include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th-century German art. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free to all every day. For more information, call 314.721.0072 or visit

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