Fellow's Talk: Dana Leibsohn

April 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

Dana Leibsohn (Smith College) National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

"Curious Trade: Art and Commerce from America’s Pacific Coast, 1780-1820"

Along the Pacific coast of North America, foreigners and locals traded every day. European accounts and images—by James Cook, George Vancouver, and John Webber—represent some of the best known, yet most vociferously critiqued perspectives on this trade. This talk highlights indigenous objects that still survive from 1780-1820, asking how persuasively they can revise (if not actually de-colonize) European accounts and their seemingly-familiar ideas about art and commodity, luxury and curiosity.


The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 pm.