Free Lectures and Films at Local Museum

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Lillian Pitt: Spirits Keep Whistling Me Home, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University has planned two lectures, two evenings of film, and a one-day symposium during the run of the exhibition which concludes March 20. All events will be held in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Museum and all events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, "Hands of History," a film that explores the life and art of four different Native American women artists, starts at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., Pitt will present an illustrated slide lecture on her life and art, which is deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of the Columbia River people, especially the women who preceded her.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, a one-day symposium entitled "Life Cycles: Native American Women in the Arts Talk about their Work and Times," will be presented. Facilitated by Willamette University faculty curator Rebecca Dobkins, the symposium will feature Native American artists Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), Theresa Harlan (Santa Dimingo Pueblo), Gail Tremblay (Onondaga/Mi'qmaq), Marie Watt (Seneca), and Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs/Navajo). The symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 9, "Faithful to Continuance," a film that explores Plateau Indian culture as revealed by six extraordinary artists, will begin at 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, Dobkins will present an illustrated slide lecture on the public arts projects of Lillian Pitt, with an emphasis on those public arts projects in Oregon.

Lillian Pitt: Spirits Keep Whistling Me Home is supported by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free and Tuesdays are free for all visitors.

For further information, please call 503/370-6855.