POSTPONED - Carrying Culture with Beadwork: Special Lecture

Thursday, April 2, 2020


Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Manning Hall

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the national progression of the COVID-19 coronavirus, this event has been postponed until further notice. We will share more information as soon as possible. Visit Brown University’s COVID page for further University updates. Thank you for understanding, please stay healthy and wash your hands.

Carrying Culture with Beadwork

Special Lecture with Karen Ann Hoffman
April 2nd, 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Manning Hall Gallery, 21 Prospect St. 

Iroquois Raised Beadwork Demonstration with Karen Ann Hoffman
April 3rd, 1-3 PM | Manning Hall Gallery, 21 Prospect St. 

Iroquois Raised Beadwork is an art form of the Indigenous people of the Eastern Great Lakes Region utilizing forms and designs that reach back over 10 thousand years. First executed with bone and shell, later with moose hair and hide, now with glass beads and velvet; this art is a living material language which preserves and expresses Iroquois World View. Using beadwork, song, and stories, Iroquois Raised Beadwork artist Karen Ann Hoffman will explore the ways simple materials⁠— glass beads, steel needles, cloth, and thread⁠— can be transformed into messages from the past whispering into the ears of the future.

Karen Ann Hoffman is the beadwork student of Samuel Thomas and the late Lorna Hill. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Development with an emphasis on Cultural Identity. Her beadwork is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution -NMAI, the Wisconsin’s State History Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Memorial Hall Museum of Deerfield, MA, the New York State Museum and Chicago’s Field Museum. An advocate for Native Arts, Karen Ann has curated opportunities to showcase Native art at museums and galleries across Wisconsin. She sits on the Wisconsin Arts Board where she chairs the Wisconsin Woodland Indian Arts Initiative.

This two-part event is Free and Open to the Public. Supported by generous donors to the Barbara Greenwald Memorial Arts Program fund.