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Jul 2, 2015

ACCI Collection Officer, Paula Menarick @ Otsego!




ACCI Collection Officer, Paula Menarick @ Otsego!

 It was a privilege to attend the 2015 Otsego Institute for Native North American Art History summer seminars in Cooperstown, New York. We focused on connoisseurship of materials and the theorization of materiality. 

What is the Otsego Institute?     
          
“The Otsego Institute for Native American Art History was founded in 1996 to support and promote the highest standards in the field of Native American art history. Between 1997 and 2002, the Otsego Institute symposium, planned by the institute and sponsored by NYSHA, brought together Native and non-Native artists, museum professionals and scholars, to address theoretical issues in the study of Native American art.   In 2002, the format of Otsego Institute activities was modified from an academic conference to an advanced workshop for graduate students who examined Native American art history within a framework of formal lectures, hands-on workshops, and informal discussion of contemporary research and scholarly practices with co-participants and faculty.” http://www.otsegoinstitute.org/



The seminars consisted of readings, lectures, group discussions, hands on activities with objects from the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Each participant presented an object related to their current and prospective dissertations and curatorial projects. I chose to present a James Bay Cree Beaded Hood that related to the ACCI replication project, where I made a beaded cap and contemporary versions of a beaded hood using traditional techniques. 




“Hood” 1860 ca. in Fenimore Art Museum, T0788, www.collections.fenimoreartmuseum.org/items/show/851


It was an honour to interact with this hood and to learn about other First Nations objects such as a Yup'ik Eskimo Story Knife, a Central Plains Parfleche Envelope, and an Osage Women's Wearing Blanket - to name but a few.

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and I would like to thank the Otsego Institute faculty, co-participants and organizing team for a great learning experience. We look forward to new partnerships with the Fenimore Art Museum.

 Paula Menarick 

Photo Credits: Jonathan Holstein & Paula Menarick




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