The Millicent Rogers Museum launches its 2022 lineup on January 6 with a discussion in the popular online series “Millicent Unplugged”. Courtesy / MRM
January is coming soon, and the Millicent Rogers Museum kicks off its 2022 lineup with another discussion in the popular online series “Millicent Unplugged”.
Join moderators Karen Chertok and Sara Frances as they welcome guest panelists Dr Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, author of A Life of Artists: Doris Littrell and the Native Oklahoma Art Movement; Gene Billie, well-known Diné (Navajo) jeweler and silversmith; and Dr. Michelle Lanteri, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Millicent Rogers Museum.
The discussion will focus on most important aspect of gifting, receiving, and collecting Native American art: how to care for newly acquired or soon acquired Native American art. How do you safely store, clean, display, wear or ship Indigenous works of art? Proper handling of works of art purchased with so much love, whether for your own collection or as a gift, enhances and preserves value while honoring the human spirit in which they were created.
Dr Julie Pearson-Little Thunder is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University. She was project manager for the Oklahoma Native Artist series, interviewing native artists, gallery owners and collectors. Little Thunder has published over a dozen articles on Indigenous artists for South West Art and Oklahoma today as well as scholarly articles on indigenous theater for theatrical journals and anthologies. In addition to his book, A Life of Artists: Doris Littrell and the Native Oklahoma Art Movement, she has written several plays, a documentary on the Indian agricultural school of Chilocco and a screenplay based on her husband’s early years of selling art on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the height of the craze. for Native American art from Oklahoma.
Gene Billie is a self-taught Diné (Navajo) silversmith. He is a member of the Native Jewelers Society and a tireless advocate for Indigenous arts and artists through the Indigenous Arts and Culture Council. He works with traditional stone and goldsmith tools and his work reflects the spontaneity and simplicity of the flow of creation. Billie grew up in the Navajo Nation and now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr Michelle J. Lanteri is curator of collections and exhibits at the Millicent Rogers Museum. She received her doctorate in Native American art history from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in art history and museum studies from New Mexico State University. Lanteri has held curatorial positions at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the University Museum and University Art Gallery at the New Mexico State University and the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art. It also contributes to America’s premier art magazine.