Bil Browning

Eiteljorg Museum to host "Brokeback Mountain" discussion

Filed By Bil Browning | February 03, 2006 9:36 AM | comments

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host a discussion of the film, "Brokeback Mountain," from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in the museum's Clowes Sculpture Court.

Panelists include: Bill Owens, director, International Film Festival; Ed Johnson-Ott, film critic, NUVO; Pamela Powell, director, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Dennis Bingham, associate professor and director of film studies, Department of English, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts; Dawn Boarman, Chair, Film Selection Committee, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival; and James Nottage, vice president and chief curator, Eiteljorg Museum. The dialogue will cover homosexuality in the West, in Western art and Western films, and address Western stereotypes vs. reality. The audience is invited to join the panelists in critically exploring the film and discussing its social impact.

"Part of the Eiteljorg Museum's mission is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West," says John Vanausdall, president and CEO, Eiteljorg Museum. "We are committed to exploring the real stories of the diverse peoples that populate that part of our country. "Brokeback Mountain," is set in the West and centered upon an icon of Western culture--the cowboy. Discussing the movie with a scholarly panel allows us to explore Western mythology and stereotypes and uncover the realities of the culture."

Admission to this event is free. Participants are invited to come early and visit the museum for a $2 discount. Visitors can enjoy a Southwestern-inspired lunch in the Sky City Café, explore the museum and listen to a jazz performance by George Middleton and Musique in the Clowes Sculpture Court. For more information on Eiteljorg Museum events and exhibitions, visit www.eiteljorg.org or call (317) 636-9378.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in Indianapolis' White River State Park.


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