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Considering Edward Curtis: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection

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Considering Edward Curtis: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection

1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
February 7th, 2009 - May 10th, 2009

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native-american, photography

DESCRIPTION

This exhibition examines over thirty-five photogravures from 1907 to 1930 made by Edward Curtis (1868 – 1952) for his monumental 20-volume opus on Native American tribes.

The exhibition photographs are a small sample of Curtis’s larger enterprise where, for three decades, he photographed 80 Native American tribes from the Great Plains through the north and southwest, amid many personal and professional disappointments. Although not a trained ethnographer, and often criticized (not unduly) for romanticizing his subject at a time when they faced great hardship, in many cases his images and texts remain the only recorded history of certain tribes.