Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI



Shadowy Evidence: The Photography of Edward S. Curtis and His Contemporaries


"Shadowy Evidence: The Photography of Edward S. Curtis and His Contemporaries," featuring the work of Edward S. Curtis, an acknowledged master of American photography, will be showing at the Muskegon Museum of Art February 5 through March 19, 2000.

The exhibition "invites the viewer," in the words of the exhibition's curator, Rod Slemmons, former Seattle Art Museum curator of prints and photography, "to examine the human consequences of Curtis's work, when it was produced as well as today, by comparing it with the work of thirty-three other photographers of Native Americans, Curtis's predecessors and contemporaries." The exhibition invites the viewer to re-examine E.S. Curtis's monumental project in the context of late 19th century and early 20th century assumptions about Native North American culture.

Curtis's wide-ranging travels to photograph Native American people between 1900 and 1928 resulted in The North American Indian, a twenty-volume set of photogravure prints and ethnographic notes prized today for its beauty and rarity. A complete set of The North American Indian portfolios, purchased by the Hackley Public Library by subscription beginning in 1908, is on permanent loan to the Muskegon Museum of Art. This exhibition has been underwritten in memory of Virginia H. Gerber.

Fore more information on Curtis please see our articles Images of an Idyllic Past: The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis (10/26/99) and Edward Curtis: The North American Indian (5/13/99).


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