FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2020
Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher Exhibition Extended Through December 22
The Cahoon Museum of American Art announces that it will extend the exhibition, Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher, through December 22, 2020. The exhibition presents a selection of 32 early 20th century photogravures from Curtis’ renowned body of work, The North American Indian, one of the most significant records of Native American culture ever produced.
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868 – 1952) had established himself as Seattle’s foremost studio photographer when he was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to produce a series on Native Americans. Curtis’s goal was not just to photograph but also to document as much of Native American traditional life as possible before that way of life disappeared. Between 1907 and 1930, Curtis, or the “Shadow Catcher” as he was later called by some Native American tribes, traveled throughout the lands west of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to document traditions and cultures of Native American peoples, a project unequaled in the history of photography.
Curtis took over 40,000 images and recorded rare ethnographic information from over eighty Native American tribal groups, ranging from the Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the Southwest. He captured the likenesses of many important and well-known Native Americans, including Nez Perce tribal leader Chief Joseph whose photograph is on view. The exhibition at the Cahoon also includes photogravures of such iconic images as Iron Breast – Piegan, Canyon de Chelly – Navaho, Before the Storm – Apache, and Jicarilla Maiden.
Curtis’ images are highly identifiable because of their subject, but also due to the finely nuanced continuous tone image of the photogravure. The process involves transferring a photographic image onto a copper printing plate which is then etched and used to make an ink-based photographic print.
Curtis’ project was unique for its time and remains a monumental record of the humanity and strength of Native Americans at a time when their way of life was under constant threat. The exhibition is curated by Cahoon Museum Director Sarah Johnson and includes information about Curtis, The North American Indian project, and quotes from significant 19th century Native Americans.
For more information on Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher, visit cahoonmuseum.org.
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