Frost Art Museum presents “Seminole Portraits”

“Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits” will be on view at The Frost from now until Jan. 13, 2013.

Osceola portrait on exhibit.

The Frost Art Museum presents “Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits.” The exhibit that merges Native American portraiture with Native American ethnographic materials in a historic exhibition that shows more than 150 years of portraits of Seminole leaders and tribal members by George Catlin, Edward Curtis and other noted nineteenth and twentieth-century artists.

This exhibition is the result of years of planning and collaboration with The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

“There were numerous discussions among us as to how best to tell the story, which art works, artifacts, and objects would enhance the portraits,” said Carol Damian, The Frost Museum’s director and chief curator. “I am grateful for their [The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum] trust and determination to bring “Seminole Portraits” to fruition.”

Curated by Annette B. Fromm, coordinator of museum studies at The Frost, the exhibit includes traditional regalia, including pieces attributed to Osceola and other Seminoles, along with artwork from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of the American Indian.

The presentation of Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits at the Frost Art Museum received support from Funding Arts Network, Inc.

This is the first of a year-long series of exhibitions and programs commemorating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Ponce de Leon in Florida.


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