Dr. Bill Anthes will present the Fifth Annual Lockmiller Lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at East Central University’s Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill S. Cole University Center.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Anthes, a professor of art history at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.., will be addressing the place of Native American artists, within contemporary art history, in regard to issues of identity and institutional politics.
His lecture will include the artist Yeffe Kimball, whose paintings hang in Lockmiller Lobby of the Halle Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, courtesy of the United States Department of the Interior and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.
Kimball was known during her career as a Native American artist, but many now believe that her Native identity was fabricated. Anthes will discuss Kimball’s career and the vexing question of her identity and the questions and issues it raises for Kimball’s legacy as an artist.
With a background in studio art, art history, and American Studies, Anthes teaches and writes about art in terms of multimedia practices and intercultural exchange.
Anthes has a Ph.D. in American Studies and is an editorial board member for the American Indian Quarterly in 2015. He is also a current member of the board of directors for the Native American Art Studies Association.
His most recent book, “Edgar Heap of Birds,” will be published by Duke University Press this fall. Other published books include, “Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice” (2010) and “Native Moderns: American Indian Painting, 1940-1960.”
The lecture was established, through an endowment, in honor of David Lockmiller and his interest in art history. Lockmiller is the father of former ECU professor Dr. Carlotta Lockmiller.