A beautiful and affordable exhibition of 40 original photogravures by Edward S. Curtis is available to museum venues as a touring exhibition from the Dubuque Museum of Art. The exhibition features highlights from the sweeping collection of over 700 photogravures in The North American Indian portfolio.
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952), born near Whitewater, Wisconsin, spent over 30 years photographing and publishing what has become known as his life’s work. Curtis’ goal was not just to photograph, but to document, as much traditional American Indian life as possible before that way of life disappeared. Against staggering odds and almost constant setbacks, Curtis persisted and in the end he was able to make over 40,000 photographic images of over 80 tribes throughout the American West.
“The men, women, and children in The North American Indian seem as alive to us today as they did when Curtis took their pictures in the early part of the twentieth century. Curtis respected the Indians he encountered and was willing to learn about their culture, religion, and way of life. In return the Indians respected and trusted him. When judged by the standards of his time, Curtis was far ahead of his contemporaries in sensitivity, tolerance, and openness to Native American cultures and ways of thinking.”
Laurie Lawlor author of Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis
For available booking dates, please contact Stacy Peterson, Associate Curator.
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