Rediscovering Native American Illustrator and Designer Angel de Cora

October 21 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET) 

Meet Yvonne Tiger, (Smith '03) scholar, curator and art historian in-person at a pre-lecture reception for Smith alums (hors d'oeuvres and cash bar) and talk, honoring the 150th birth anniversary and 125th anniversary of the graduation from Smith College of  Angel de Cora, influential artist and illustrator, designer and teacher, and the first native American to graduate from Smith College (1896).    The event will be hosted by the Society of Illustrators at their upper Eastside Manhattan gallery. 
Born Hinook Mahiwi-Kalinaka, from the Hocak Nisoc Haci/Winnebago tribe of Nebraska, was an important figure in a broad community of Native American writers, artists, intellectuals and activists in turn of the twentieth century America.
De Cora studied with some of the finest artists of the day.  Tonalist painter Dwight William Tryon at Smith and famous illustrator Howard Pyle at Drexel. Beginning her career as an illustrator with the most prestigious magazine of the day, she wrote and illustrated two stories for Harper's. She illustrated books for a series of influential and successful authors, including Francis La Flesche (Omaha), the first professional Native American ethnologist; Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin, Yankton Dakota), influential writer and activist, co-founder of the National Council of American Indians, and Elaine Goodale Eastman, collaborator with her husband, Charles Eastman (Santee Dakota) in his work as historian and activist.
De Cora was also an influential teacher of the arts to Native American students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and is now being recognized as a highly influential book and type designer who was key in bringing Native American imagery into the graphic arts in respectful and resonant ways. Her most influential work, Natalie Curtis' The Indians' Book, is a masterpiece of design, typography, and illustration, recently recognized for its importance in works on book design (for example, in Richard Minsky's Trade Bindings with Native American Themes, 1875-1933) and by the design professionals' organization AIGA.   
   About Yvonne Tiger                                            
 yvonne-tiger-1Tiger is a scholar, curator and art historian and member of a prominent Native American artistic family, Tiger is a scholar, curator and art historian and member of a prominent Native American artistic family.  She is also a graduate of Smith College ('03) where she wrote her honors thesis on De Cora. She holds two master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, CA and is currently a Native American Curatorial Fellow at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA  
Topic: Rediscovering Native American Illustrator and Designer Angel de Cora
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30  PM (ET): Pre-lecture reception (5:30 PM- 6:15 PM); Talk (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)  
Location: The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
Cost: Free to Members and non-Members
Capacity: Pre-lecture reception - limited to 40 participants; Lecture - limited to 70 participants   
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 This is an in-person event. All participants must show proof of vaccination in accordance with NYC requirements. (People 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO) and wear a mask when they are not eating or drinking. To ensure safe social distancing, the pre-lecture reception is limited to 40 participants and the lecture, to 70 persons. To learn more about The Society of Illustrators Safety Protocols, please go here.