The 2006 Ruth K. Franklin Lecture on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

American Indian Art: History and the Aesthetic

Thursday May 11 at 5 pm

Stanford, CA — This year's lecture, entitled “American Indian Art: History and the Aesthetic," is being presented by Gaylord Torrence, the Fred and Virginia Merrill Curator of American Indian Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. His lecture focuses on the Plains and Woodlands cultures and considers “concepts of time” in relation to histories that are embodied in aesthetic forms.

The lecture, presented in the Cantor Arts Center auditorium, begins at 5 p.m. The public is welcome. Admission is free, with open seating. For more information, call 650-725-3115 or visit the Center's Web site at

The lecture will be followed by a social event hosted by the Stanford Native American Cultural Center in collaboration with the 35th Annual Stanford Powwow, which starts on Friday,
May 12 and runs through Sunday, May 14. Visit for information about the Stanford Powwow, which is sponsored by the Stanford American Indian Organization.

Ruth Franklin was the first Phyllis Wattis Curator for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Cantor Arts Center. Just prior to her retirement and her untimely death in 2000, she assisted in selecting Manuel Jordán Pérez, Ph.D., as the next Wattis Curator. Franklin's curatorial work significantly strengthened the Cantor Arts Center collection. In 2002, an anonymous donor endowed the Ruth K. Franklin Fund for Lectures and Symposia in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Memorial gifts from numerous donors also supported the Franklin Fund, which makes possible an annual lecture or symposium in perpetuity. The Center presented the first Ruth K. Franklin Symposium in 2003.

Ponca (U.S.A.)

19th century
Cantor Arts Center Collection