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Pictured: Lieutenant Powhatan H. Clarke, Tenth Cavalry, Frederic Remington, ca. 1888, oil on canvas, 10 ¼ x 12 ¾”, Gift of the Remington Estate, Frederic Remington Art Museum 1966.073. Participants in the Remington Museum’s “Consider This” program will spend a half hour in small group conversation about this artwork.

February Consider This Program: “Lieutenant Powhatan H. Clarke, Tenth Cavalry”

Friday, February 9 (in-person) - 12:00 pm

Thursday, February 15 (hybrid) - 12:00 pm

Thursday, February 29 (hybrid) - 12:00 pm

The Frederic Remington Art Museum invites the public to participate in one of February’s “Consider This” programs. This program offers guided exploration of a single work of art on display at the Remington Museum. “Consider This” is for all ability levels, and no art background is required. Participants simply need an interest in joining the conversation. A different artwork is featured each month, with three program sessions to choose from in February: Friday, February 9 (in-person), Thursday, February 15 (hybrid), and Thursday, February 29 (hybrid).

Two sessions are offered in an on-site/virtual hybrid format, in which participants can join the conversation remotely via Zoom or in person at the Museum. The other session is offered only on-site at the Museum. Programs are offered at noon, so that even working people can join the conversation during their lunch and bring art into their workday. Participation via Zoom is free, and on-site participation is free with admission to the Museum. 

Free participation in “Consider This” is made possible by the generous support from this program’s sponsor, The Enchanted Edible Forest at Cross Island Farms.

In February there will be three opportunities to spend quality time with Frederic Remington’s ca. 1888 oil painting Lieutenant Powhatan H. Clarke, Tenth Cavalry. Each session features 30 minutes of focused looking, consideration, conversation, and interpretation of the artwork. For the hybrid sessions, Museum Curator & Educator Laura Desmond will broadcast from the Museum, teaming up with a docent to facilitate discussion among participants. Active participation is strongly encouraged.

Museum docent Luanne Herzog will facilitate an on-site session at the Remington Museum on Friday, February 9 at noon. For the hybrid sessions, Laura Desmond will team up with Museum docents Anne Skelly and Patti Mahoney on Thursday, February 15 at noon, and with docent Johnny Mróz on Thursday, February 29 at noon. To learn more and to register, you can call 315-393-2425 or email desmond@fredericremington.org. For ease of conversation, registration will be limited to eight participants. 

This painting is currently featured in an area of the Museum’s Centennial exhibition that explores themes of race and masculinity in Remington’s artwork. Curator Laura Desmond notes, “When Frederic Remington traveled to Arizona in 1886 to cover the Apache Wars for Harper’s Weekly, he met Lieut. Powhatan Clarke, one of the White officers commanding Troop K, 10th Cavalry, one of the Black “Buffalo Soldier” regiments of the U.S. Army. Remington and Clarke became ardent friends, and Remington would go on to create over 50 finished works depicting the Buffalo Soldiers, helping to bring their bravery, professionalism, and service to the public’s attention.”