Edward S. Curtis
Luminous Portraits of American Indian Life
Now open through January 4, 2016
at the Museum in the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery
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.