Rushing to be Oscar Howe Memorial Lecturer Sept. 23

Rushing to be Oscar Howe Memorial Lecturer Sept. 23 Dr. W. Jackson Rushing, an eminent scholar, will present the 11th annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 in Farber Hall of Old Main at The University of South Dakota.

An associate professor and chair of art history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Rushing will present a slide lecture on Contemporary American Indian Art. A reception will follow at the Native American Center. The presentation is sponsored by the USD Oscar Howe Memorial Association, the University Art Galleries, the Institute of American Indian Studies, Northern Plains Tribal Arts and the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Rushing, who has a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas, will begin a new appointment as professor of art history and chair of the department of art at the University of Houston in January. Rushing was vice president of the Native American Art Studies Association from 1995-1997 and is a founding board member of the Ostego Institute for Native American Art History. In 1993-94, he was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

His essays and art criticism have been published in numerous exhibition catalogs and in publications including Artspace, Art Journal, Art New England, New Art Examiner and Third Text. Rushing has written extensively about modernist primitivism, abstract expressionism, and 20th century American Indian art. His major publications include Native American Art and the New York Avant-Garde (1995) and Modern by Tradition: The Studio Style of American Indian Painting (1995) which he received the Southwest Book Award for 1996. He has also written Native American Art in the Twentieth Century (1999).

Rushing has been an invited lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, UCLA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

For more information, contact: John Day, dean of the College of Fine Arts, (605) 677-5481.

Readers in the Vermillion area can learn about life in Australia by participating in the South Dakota Humanities Council Reading Series this fall at the Vermillion Public Library.

The first discussion takes place on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. with second and third meetings on Oct. 3 and Nov. 14.

Readers meet with Jamie Sullivan from Mount Marty College to talk about life in Australia. The discussions will start with My Place by Sally Morgan, followed by The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway. Interested readers can sign up for the free programs at the Vermillion Public Library and purchase books along with a study guide for $10.

My Place tells the story of Morgan's discovery of her Aboriginal roots and gives voice to the stories of her great uncle, mother and grandmother as they recount the struggles they lived with under European domination since 1900.

Morgan began her journey in 1982 to her grandmother's birthplace in a traditional Aboriginal village. The trip turned into an emotional and spiritual journey confronting suppressed history and questions of identity.

The second book, The Road from Coorain, is the narrative of Conway's journey from childhood on an isolated sheep farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America and eventually the presidency of Smith College.

Readers see the profound family tragedies that result from an eight year drought and experience the great stamina that remains despite societal treatment based on gender for Conway and her mother.

A World of Discovery video, Australia's Outback: The Vanishing Frontier, which follows a year in the lives of a current day ranch family, will be shown during the first meeting.

The reading series takes place in 30 South Dakota communities this fall as part of the Humanities Council's "Knowing the World through Reading." An Internet discussion also takes place on the World Wide Web for readers, particularly those outside of communities sponsoring discussions.

For more information on the Reading Series or any other council program, call or write the council at 605-688-6113 or Box 7050 University Station, Brookings, SD 57007 or visit the council website at http://web.sdstate.edu/humanities/.

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