Exhibit honors Native Americans at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Posted 10/19/21

The Edward S. Curtis exhibition opens to the public on Oct. 19 at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale.

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Exhibit honors Native Americans at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

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The Edward S. Curtis exhibition opens to the public on Oct. 19 at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale.

Opening on Oct. 19, Western Spirit, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, will honor Native Americans through the lens of early 20th century photographer Edward Curtis’ exhibition, Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis.

At the close of the 19th century, many Indigenous people in the U.S. continued to adhere to traditional ways of life despite “tremendous pressures of modernity,” according to a press release. Visionary photographer Edward Curtis saw the importance of honoring the people on film.

Over three decades, Curtis created thousands of images, audio recordings, and the earliest motion pictures of Native Americans, while making contributions to the art and science of photography, the release said.

“Based upon years of collecting Curtis’s artwork, Tim Peterson, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Trustee and Western art collector, has used his discerning eye in helping to curate this exhibition.

On display will be photogravures; original copper plates; orotones; platinum prints; silver bromides; silver gelatins; cyanotypes; glass plate negatives; and recordings of Native music,” said Assistant Director for Collections, Exhibitions and Research, and Co-Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Tricia Loscher, in the release.

Peterson detailed the exhibition, noting the first, at least four portraits, one dwelling, and four to six cultural images from each of the first 20 volumes of The North American Indian will be featured.

Curtis was described by Peterson as a “master at using various photographic techniques and materials, and the second half of the exhibition pays tribute to his skill. Bottles of the minerals he used to develop his prints, as well as a camera of the kind he traveled with will be on display.”

For more information, call 480-686-9539.

See scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

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