From Daniel Boone to Black Elk: Native and Colonial Experiences in Contested "Middle Grounds"
September 22, 2016 – February 21, 2017
Main Gallery, Research Center-Columbia
From Daniel Boone to Black Elk explores images reflecting the complex relationships between Native and European Americans from Boone's era to the early twentieth century. The section of the exhibit on Boone contains artworks that reflect his mythic status as a white frontiersman whose exploits on the western frontier sometimes brought him into conflict with Indians. In contrast, watercolor illustrations for John Neihardt's book Black Elk Speaks, first published in 1932, represent the point of view of the Sioux artist Luther Standing Bear. Standing Bear's paintings include images of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Wounded Knee Massacre.
The exhibition also features Chester Harding's portrait of Daniel Boone, which is on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Boone sat for the portrait, believed to be the only painting of him made during his lifetime, shortly before his death in Defiance, Missouri, on September 26, 1820.
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