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Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe

At the Minnesota History Center
Jan. 31 - May 10, 2009

About the Exhibit

The Minnesota Historical Society, in association with the St. Louis County Historical Society, presents "Eastman Johnson: Paintings and Drawings of the Lake Superior Ojibwe."

Eastman Johnson was one of America's finest portrait, figure and genre scene painters. This exhibit features approximately 40 oils, charcoals and pastel works of Ojibwe who lived in settlements around Lake Superior from the early part of his career.

Originally from Maine, Johnson studied extensively in Europe before journeying to Superior, Wisconsin, in 1856. Captivated by the area and its native people, he remained through the winter of 1856-57, building a cabin and traveling the western and northern lake region. Johnsonís destinations included Grand Portage, Minnesota, a fur-trading center on Lake Superiorís North Shore near the Canadian border. During his 1856-57 stays, Johnson created numerous drawings and paintings of Superior and Grand Portageís Ojibwe residents, preserving forever the faces and homes of the Lake Superior regionís native people.

History Lounge

Learn more about how American Indians have been represented at the History Lounge program "American Indians/American Movies."

Focusing on the genre of film, cultural historian Elise Marubbio will lead an evening of clips and conversation covering a century of changing images.