Manhattanville Alumna to Host Lecture in Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y. - Manhattanville graduate and Director of the Consortium for Understanding the American Experience at the Smithsonian Institution Michelle Anne Delaney will visit the school next week for a special lecture.

Delaney will speak on a collection of photographs by Gertrude Käsebier, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors."

The annual Arthur M. Berger Lecture, hosted by the college's department of art history, will be held Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Room of Reid Castle.

"As a 1987 alumna in American Studies, Ms. Delaney provides a great role model for our students of where one can go with a Manhattanville education," Manhattanville professor Gillian Hannum said. "She has earned an international reputation as a scholar and curator."

Käsebier's photographs were inspired by a viewing of the grand parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West troupe en route to Madison Square Garden and the group of Sioux Indians travelling with the show, the college said.

The National Museum of American History and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center jointly sponsored the exhibition "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors," a collection of more than a hundred photographs, printed photogravures and related pictographs drawings by the Sioux men. It was on view this spring at in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian's International Gallery.

Delaney published a companion book, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier" in 2007.

Delaney is the former curator of photography in the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, where she has worked since 1989. Her research interests focus on the invention of American photography (1840-60), experiments in early color photography, the history of art photography, the photography of motion, and contemporary photojournalism.

Curator of 19 Smithsonian exhibitions, Delaney and her co-editors received the 2009 Smithsonian Secretary's Research Prize for the exhibition catalog, "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise." She holds a master's degree in American Studies with a specialty in Material Culture from the George Washington University.

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