Open Access Thesis
Date of Award
Art and Art History
This essay examines how Carlisle Indian Boarding School portraits portray transformation in students and the aesthetic history that perception holds with portrait painting, the ideological use of student portraits as illustrations of assimilation, and the continued emotional weight those portraits carry in contemporary media. Formal and aesthetic choices by the official school photographer and propagandistic uses by the school’s founder determine the role of nineteen-century assimilationist and racist ideology in the commission and dissemination of CIBS student portraits. Additionally, the appearance of these images in contemporary media and art provide a continued analysis of CIBS portraits as visual representatives of the traumatic history of the boarding school era.
Fiorucci, Nina Leigh, "Carlisle Indian Boarding School Portraits: From The Nineteenth Century To Contemporary Art" (2019). Wayne State University Theses. 703.