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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Jacquelyn Sparks: "Seeking John Mix Stanley"

Saturday, March 09 - 11:15AM to 11:35AM
Honore Ballroom

In 1842, the artist and wannabe ethnographer John Mix Stanley arrived in Indian Territory to produce photographs and paintings of "exotic" American Indians. In time his work became famous for being destroyed – the paintings burned in the 1865 Smithsonian fire and his photographs, although among the earliest photographs ever produced in North America, have never been found.

This area is now a landscape marred by attempted genocide, tumultuous religious rhetoric, and failed industry. These photographs follow Stanley's movements across the former territory and examine how the landscape still haunts the remaining traces of Stanley's oevure.


Jacquelyn Sparks
Jacquelyn Sparks

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