Frederic Huntington Douglas and the Denver Art Museum

Giants in the field of American Indian art

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:30pm6:30pm
North Building - Lower Level
Ticketed with member discount. Purchase tickets online or call 720-913-0130.

Have you ever wondered who Frederic Douglas was and why the Douglas Society was named after him?

Come start off the 40th year since the founding of the Douglas Society with a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Denver Art Museum and one of its major curators between 1929 and 1956. Combining the skills and talents of a scholar, showman, curator, anthropologist and artist Douglas sought to change the stuffy world of museums in the middle of the 19th century—first at the Denver Art Museum and then at museums across the country.

Curator Nancy Blomberg will highlight his innovative exhibit techniques which were unheard of at that time and show how he used the extensive American Indian clothing collections at the DAM to promote world peace at the same time WWII raged across Europe and the Pacific. Also hear about his internationally acclaimed exhibits at the San Francisco World's Fair in 1939 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1941 that attempted to transform the way people thought about American Indians and their expressive art forms.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear how Douglas's missionary zeal for promoting the arts of Native America literally changed the direction of American museology, art history and anthropology.

$5 for Douglas Society members, $10 DAM members, $12 others, free for students with valid ID.

 

Image credit: Curator of Native Arts Frederic H. Douglas, 1930