In 1907, Canadian artist Emily Carr visited Sitka, Alaska, and was so struck by the banks of totem poles she found standing in the woods that she resolved to record all the ones she could find in her native British Columbia. From that time until her death, in 1945, Carr combined her respect for the native peoples of Canada and their art with her own reverence for the dark Northern forests into a series of landscapes, which earned her a place as one of Canada’s premier modernist painters. Carr’s views of British Columbia are now accorded the same sort of iconic status in Canada as Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of the Southwest are in the United States. John O’Brian, a professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, will discuss Carr’s place in Canadian consciousness in his lecture, “The Carr Cult in Canada,” at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8. For reservations call (202) 783-7370. (Garance Franke-Ruta)