SOURCE: Booth Museum of Western Art; Craig Bergsgaard Studios; Olympus Films LLC
December 18, 2009 01:14 ET
Sand Creek Massacre Remembered in Sculpture and Film at Georgia's Booth Western Art Museum
Sand Creek Massacre Depicted by Sculptor Craig Bergsgaard and Filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek: Artists to Share Interpretations of the Bloody 1864 Incident
CARTERSVILLE, GA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2009) - On January 21, 2010, the Booth Western Art Museum, in
Cartersville, Georgia, will host a sculpture unveiling and film screening
featuring sculptor Craig
Bergsgaard and award-winning writer/filmmaker Don Vasicek. These
two prominent Colorado artists each independently chose to portray the
tragic events of an 1864 skirmish between the United States and the
Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes on Sand Creek near Eads, Colorado.
Bloody Sand Creek
The confrontation, now known as the Sand Creek Massacre, resulted in the loss of life for over
400 Native Americans, mostly women, small children, physically-challenged,
and tribal elders. Accounts of the incident reveal that the Cheyenne and
Arapaho were unprovoked and virtually unarmed at the time of the attack.
Bergsgaard and Vasicek will be on hand at the Booth Museum for a screening
of an abridged version of Vasicek's film, followed by
an unveiling of Bergsgaard's sculpture Memorare, Sand Creek 1864. The unique
bronze sculpture is being donated to the Booth Museum permanent collection
by an anonymous donor. Afterward, museum director Seth Hopkins will
moderate a panel discussion with the two artists.
Even today, a discussion of the Sand Creek Massacre yields as many questions as answers. One
topic commonly encountered is the controversy inherent in characterizing a
United States military battle as a "massacre." Both artists are circumspect
on the issue, freely admitting that their artistic interpretation is an
opinion meant to inspire discussion and increased perception.
"My thoughts on Sand Creek are not the final word on the tragedy; it is
only one perspective of five differing views I've encountered during my
research," says Vasicek. "But, however you characterize the events of that
day 145 years ago, I hope my film will act as a gateway to conversations
about how we as humans can treat each other with greater understanding and
respect. We will learn how from the Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of
Sand Creek, who power the film's story via their oral histories."
Bergsgaard concurs. "Although I personally find it hard to see Sand Creek
as anything but a tremendous wrong perpetrated against the Cheyenne and
Arapaho people, my goal is not to evangelize," the sculptor says. "I want
my sculpture to increase awareness -- and to prevent the further tragedy of
forgetting what we have learned as a nation."
Museum Program Details
Booth Museum Sculpture Unveiling, Film Screening and Panel Discussion with
Craig Bergsgaard and Donald Vasicek
Thursday, January 21, 2010
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Admission: $10; free to museum members
About the Booth Museum
The Booth Western
Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is located in
Cartersville, Georgia, 40 miles north of Atlanta. This 120,000 square foot
Museum opened in August 2003 with main galleries featuring contemporary
Western American art. The Booth houses the largest permanent exhibition
space for Western art in America. Other galleries feature Civil War art,
Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie posters, Western
illustration, and Sagebrush Ranch is an interactive gallery where children
of all ages can learn about art and Western America.
About Craig Bergsgaard
Craig Bergsgaard is a
self-taught sculptor, who began creating bronzes in 1990 after decades of
creating custom handmade furniture. A native of Minnesota, today Craig and
his wife JoAnn make their home near the artist enclave of Loveland,
Colorado. He also maintains a studio presence annually in Scottsdale from
January through March.
Craig has participated in over 100 juried art shows and exhibits, and his
work is installed in Castle Rock, Colorado; Fountain Hills, Arizona; Spring
Grove, Minnesota; and Rochester, Minnesota.
About Donald L. Vasicek
Donald L. Vasicek, owner of Olympus
Films+, LLC, is in the process of securing funds to develop a feature
length documentary on the Sand Creek Massacre titled, "Ghosts of Sand
Creek." The full-length film will be narrated by actor Peter Coyote
("E.T.," "Erin Brockovich"), Academy Award winner Richard Lerner ("A Story
of Healing"), director of photography, and five Emmy-award winners have
also agreed to work on the project.
Don is a writer, screenwriter, director, producer and actor. His credits
include "Warriors of Virtue," "Die Hard II," "Faces," "Father Dowling,"
"The Mystery Crash of Flight 1501."