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Curator of Native American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts to Deliver Annual Art and Archaeology Lecture


Dr. David Penney to Discuss Meaning of Inorganic Materials in the Art of Indigenous Peoples on November 8

Tuesday, November 7, 2006, Peterborough

Dr. David Penney, curator of Native American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), will deliver the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre’s annual Joan Vastokas Lecture in Art and Archaeology at the Art Gallery of Peterborough on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

During his talk, entitled "...a grain of earth grasped in its paw... Ethnogeology and Material Expression in the Eastern Woodlands Region", Dr. Penney will speak about his research into the cultural meaning of different types of inorganic materials in the art of 
Indigenous peoples in the north eastern region of North America.

Dr. Penney has worked at the DIA for over 25 years and has consulted for other museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Minneapolis Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also the author of several books, including: North American Indian Art, Great Lakes Indian Art, and Art of the Native North American.

The annual Art and Archaeology lecture, which showcases distinguished speakers whose research and writing cut across archaeology and art history, is held in honour of Joan Vastokas, professor emerita at Trent.


For more information, please contact:
Prof. James Conolly, Canada Research Chair in Archaeology, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x5468.