At 10 a.m. Wednesday the Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library is scheduled to hear a presentation by Chandra Boyd titled “A study of James Earle Fraser’s End of the Trail: A new interpretation for the image of the defeated Native American.”
American artist Fraser’s sculpture, a representation of a Native American on horseback, has endured to become one of the most recognizable images in the United States. Boyd’s presentation, drawn from her master’s thesis of the same title, is set to focus on Fraser’s stylistic development of the sculpture and its impact on popular culture.
Fraser reworked his End of the Trail sculpture numerous times in preparation for an 18-foot-tall monumental version of the work created in plaster exclusively for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California. From 1912 to 1913, Chief John Big Tree of the Seneca Tribe served as a model in Fraser’s New York studio, posing for End of the Trail as well as for the famous Buffalo Nickel.
Boyd is an arts administrator and educator with nearly 20 years of experience in positions at the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Altus Public Library at 421 N. Hudson St. in Altus. This program is free and open to the public. For more information call Jennie Buchanan at 580-472-2829.