Cathedral City Public Arts Commission Announces a Closing Weekend Reception and History Lecture of the “The Sioux Wars Photo Exhibit”
Featured guests include exhibit donors Jan and Michael Marchese and cultural expert Paul Harbaugh
The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission (CCPAC) will end the photographic exhibit entitled, “The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit,” with a closing weekend reception and photo history lecture by Native Cultural Expert Paul Harbaugh on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral City Cultural Arts Museum located adjacent to City Hall, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, in Downtown Cathedral City. The exhibit will run through Labor Day, September 4, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm.
“The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit” showcases the photographic work of the late photographer David Frances Barry. His collection includes photographs captured from the Western Frontier from the 1860s to 1900 including images taken after the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn, commonly known as Custer’s Last Stand. The collection includes the first photographs known of Indian Chiefs Gall, Low Dog, and Sitting Bull. Additionally, Barry photographed military leaders of the 7th Cavalry Regiment and others including General Custer, Lt. James Calhoun, and General Nelson A. Miles as well as Annie Oakley.
“The public’s interest in this historic photo exhibit over the past month and a half has been remarkable,” stated Public Arts Commissioner Robby Sherwin. “These photos capture a split moment in time of the men who fought nearly 40 years to preserve their way of life on the Great Plains. The Sioux Wars were a series of battles over culture and land that tragically ended the lives of hundreds. David Frances Barry’s exhibit provides a visual glimpse into our nation’s history.”
In 1934, the Denver Public Library purchased the negative collection of David Frances Barry collection. Several reprints were made available. Cathedral City residents Michael and Jan Marchese, who generously donated these extremely rare images to the City, will be featured guests at the closing weekend reception. In addition, Native Cultural Expert Paul Harbaugh will provide a history lecture of the photos and discuss how he developed the prints from the original glass negatives produced by David Frances Barry.
Closing Weekend Reception schedule is as follows on August 31, 2017:
4:00 pm Meet and Greet with Special Guests
4:30 pm Mayor’s Welcome & History Lecture by Paul Harbaugh (Council Chambers, City Hall)
5:00 pm Closing Reception with Special Guests
7:00 pm Reception Concludes
The exhibit is open on weekends now through Labor Day, September 4, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is free. In addition, the Cathedral City Historical Society showcases an ongoing exhibit featuring images and memorabilia of Cathedral City’s early years located inside the Cultural Arts Museum.
The CCPAC’s mission serves to collect and preserve art from local and renowned artists and is funded by developer fees. Composed of seven local residents who are appointed to three-year terms by the City Council, CCPAC meets once a month in Council Chambers on the 2nd Monday of each month starting at 5:30 pm. The agenda for each meeting and video of the meetings are available on the City’s website at: www.CathedralCity.gov.
The CCPAC also maintains an APP (Cathedral City: Where Art Lives) that provides listings, photos, descriptions, and walking/driving tours of the City’s public art. It is available as a free download for Apple or Android Devices from their respective APP stores.
More Information: www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com