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A beautiful and affordable exhibition of 40 original photogravures by Edward S. Curtis is available as a touring exhibition from the Dubuque Museum of Art. The exhibition features highlights from Curtis’s sweeping collection of Native American images from the late 19th and early 20th century.
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952), born near Whitewater, Wisconsin, spent over 30 years creating his magnum opus, a twenty volume collection containing in-depth descriptions and breathtaking images of Native American people, culture, and customs. Against staggering odds and constant setbacks, Curtis persisted and in the end he was able to photograph over 80 tribes throughout the American West and part of Canada.
For available booking dates please contact Stacy Peterson, Associate Curator.
2018 Apr – Jun, Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana
2017 Jan – May, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
2016 Nov – Jan, Burpee Museum of Natural History
2015 Aug – Nov, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
2015 Feb – May, Whatcom Museum
2014 Apr – Sep, Mennello Museum of American Art
2013 Aug – 2014 Jan, Museum of Wisconsin Art
2011 Aug – Oct, MacNider Art Museum
2011 Mar – Aug, Blanden Art Museum
2010 Feb – July, Wichita Museum of Art
This unique exhibition spans more than a century, presenting original photogravure prints by early 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis alongside black and white landscapes by contemporary photographer Mark James.
Both artists found inspiration in the American West. While Colorado photographer Mark James focuses on pure landscape imagery, Curtis documented Native American tribes and in the process captured stunning landscapes as backdrops to daily life. In this exhibition that compares two bodies of work created 100 years apart, a sense of two distinct periods is not immediately evident. The people in Curtis’ photos may be long gone but the lands of the American West, as seen in James’ images, remain preserved.
Throughout the exhibition the images of Curtis and James are presented in pairs, connecting the past to the present and giving the public the opportunity to directly compare and contrast these two visions of the American West. Their haunting similarities also provide an opportunity to consider environmental concerns and the evolution of American Indian culture over the last 100 years.
Between 1895 and 1930, Edward S. Curtis (America, 1868-1952) relentlessly pursued one of the most ambitious photography projects ever undertaken – documenting traditional life of Native American tribes west of the Mississippi River. The result of this colossal project was a magnificent 20 volume collection of texts and photographs known as The North American Indian.
Mark James was born in San Diego, California in 1955 but spent his formative years as a child in a small Arizona town north of Phoenix. He has lived in Colorado for over 40 years, starting his professional career as a commercial photographer in 1977. In 2010, he and wife Patricia founded Studio of American West Photography as a catalyst to actively foster educational programming around the history and techniques of photography.
Approximately 200 running feet of gallery space. For available booking dates please contact Stacy Peterson, Associate Curator.