|Elizabeth Lochrie: Woman Alone in her Way
August 4 — October 8, 2016
Curator Talk with Jennifer Li
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Admission: Members/Free, Non-members/$10
Jiggs, Under Howling Woman (Stocktochavni) Don Sorrel Horse, 1935, (Lochrie at right) Pac 79-37, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photographic Archives, Helena, MT.
Elizabeth Lochrie (center) the day she was initiated into Blackfeet Tribe at Glacier Station, 1931, Pac 79-37, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photographic Archives, Helena, MT.
Elizabeth Lochrie standing next to her “Studio on Wheels” Cadillac, photo courtesy of Doane Hoag.
About the Exhibit
The Hockaday Museum of Art is proud to present paintings from its permanent collection by the important artist Elizabeth Lochrie, one of the artists featured in the original A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park exhibit. Elizabeth Lochrie is celebrated for her incisive, well observed, and affectionate portraits of Native Americans. Throughout her career, she painted more than 1000 portraits of specific people from the Native community, creating a unique historical record of Indian life.
Lochrie was born in the last days of the Old West, and she survived well into the modern age. With a lifespan stretching from 1890 to 1981, she lived through an era of great changes in her native Montana. As a small child, she had been encouraged by her mother to play among the Cree who lived near the family’s home in Deer Lodge. She learned their sign language and an enduring love and respect for Native American culture. Her training and unusual upbringing gave her the skills to pursue an artistic career unique in its focus and cultural importance.
As a professional artist, Lochrie travelled by herself all over Montana, visiting tribes and learning numerous Indian dialects. She became well known and respected among the Native American community and worked tirelessly to better their circumstances. As an accepted friend, she bore intimate witness to the waning of the Native American way of life. Through her portraits, she was a sympathetic and prolific chronicler of that process.