Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1860, David Johnson (American, 1827–1908), oil on canvas. Private Collection.

Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1860, David Johnson (American, 1827–1908), oil on canvas. Private Collection.

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Community Conversation: The Natural Bridge and the Monacan Indian Nation

with Dr. Christopher Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art and exhibition curator of Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator of Native American Art with Victoria Ferguson and Dean Ferguson

Sun, Jul 11 | 2:30–3:30pm

Gallery Program (VIRTUAL)

The Natural Bridge is one of the most frequently depicted sites in 19th Century American landscape art, but this body of work largely obscures the historic and contemporary presence of indigenous Virginians. Tribal member Victoria Ferguson and her husband Dean worked at the site for over two decades, presenting knowledge about the cultural aspects and biodiversity of the Natural Bridge. The Fergusons will consider the complex legacy of the Natural Bridge with exhibition curator, Dr. Christopher Oliver, and Dr. Johanna Minich, Assistant Curator for Native American Art.

This event will be recorded and posted to the VMFA YouTube channel at a later date.