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Patricia Norby
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Affirming Indigenous Representation: The Future of Native Art and Collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In recent years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) has committed to expanding its vision for Native American art. That commitment was further affirmed in September 2020 when The Met hired Dr. Patricia Norby as the museum’s first Indigenous curator and first full-time curator of Native American Art in its 150-year history. Dr. Norby will speak about Indigenous representation at The Met and will share her vision for the future of the museum’s Native art and collections. Her talk regards her book Water, Bones, and Bombs, forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press, in which Dr. Norby discusses affirming the Indigenous presence and examines twentieth-century Southwest art production and environmental conflicts among Native American, Hispano, and White communities in the northern Rio Grande Valley.

Monday, April 26, 12:15–1:15 pm

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Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha) oversees the American Wing’s Native American art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An award-winning scholar and museum leader, she previously served as Senior Executive and Assistant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian-New York and as Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry in Chicago. Her forthcoming book, Water, Bones, and Bombs examines twentieth-century American Indian art and environmental disputes in northern New Mexico. She co-edited “Aesthetic Violence: Art and Indigenous Ways of Knowing,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2015). She earned her PhD at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

This event is a Student Brown Bag Lunch, a visiting lecture chosen and organized by the second-year MA students.

This event is open to BGC students, faculty, fellows, and staff. This event will be held via Zoom. A link will be circulated to registrants by 10 am on the day of the event.