Besser Museum presents Art History Conversation Series

The Treaty of Saginaw, an original 1927 oil painting by Percy Ives, is currently on exhibit at the Besser Museum.

This historically significant painting, purchased by the museum in 1984, portrays the 1819 grand council meeting held in the Saginaw region where Gov. Lewis Cass and 114 Chippewas of Saginaw signed the Treaty of Saginaw. The treaty ceded more than six million acres in Michigan, which included the mouth of the Thunder Bay River.

Setting this exhibit initiated conversations among museum staff and sparked the inspiration for a special presentation to be held Feb. 11-13.

It is hoped that this Art History Conversation Series will help museum visitors to gain an understanding of the nuances in this important piece of art.

The series will include:

  • Feb. 11, 6 p.m. Collections Manager Danyeal Dorr will introduce the artist, Percy Ives, the painting, the method of history painting, and art preservation.
  • Feb. 12, 6 p.m. ACC history instructor Tim Kuhnlein will give a brief discussion of the Treaty of Saginaw as it relates to the War of 1812.
  • Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Art historian Avis Hinks will give a brief art history discussion on the artwork. Concert master Dr. Eric Lawson will give a performance complementing the discussion by Hinks.

The series is free and open to all ages. For more information, contact the Besser Museum at 356-2202.