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-Omnis Ex Ovo
-Daring Pursuits
-Garden of Earthly Delights
-Bishop & the Apothecary
-Images from the Sea Shore
-People of the Sky: Bird Spirits in American Indian
-Beauty & Science; the orchid evolves
-The Bird Man: John Gould and his Illustrators
-The Whole Flock: Audubon's Songbirds
-The Whole Flock: Audubon's Waterbirds
-Deep: Sea monsters and early depositions of deeps

  Edward S. Curtis: Luminous Portraits of American Indian Life
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Curtis posterEdward S. Curtis
Luminous Portraits of American Indian Life
Fall 2015

Curtis’s monumental project, the depiction of the daily life of Indian tribes from New Mexico to Alaska, consumed him for thirty years. The influence of western landscape painting was evident in his subjective approach and artistic style. His carefully arranged compositions and use of light created the sense of a timeless presence and can be seen in over 50 photogravures.

In an attempt to record as much of traditional life as possible, Curtis made wax cylinder recordings of language and music in the field. You can hear some clips of these recordings playing in the gallery courtesy of the Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University.





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