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Focus on the Collection--Edward Curtis: Visions of Native America

Focus on the Collection--Edward Curtis: Visions of Native America

Presented by Saint Louis Art Museum
Visual Arts
General Audiences

The work of famed photographer and amateur ethnologist Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) has shaped the world's image of Native Americans. This exhibition of eleven pictures provides a brief overview of Curtis's monumental endeavor to document tribes in the early part of the twentieth century, as forced relocation onto reservations diminished the ability to live in traditional ways. The photographs on display include representations of American Indians living in the Plains and Southwest. The images focus on a range of subjects, from vivid portraiture and atmospheric landscape to details of dress and the production of arts and crafts.

Image: William E. Jones, American, born 1962; Still from Killed, 2009; Sequence of black-and-white digital files, silent; duration: 1 min. 44 sec., looped; Edition of 4, 1 AP; Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA © William E. Jones

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