Shadow Catcher: Edward Curtis Among the Kwakiutl

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Hamaska in Tluwulahu Costume with Speaker's Staff-Qagyuhl. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. Gift of Eugene Victor Thaw Art Foundation.

Edward Curtis (1868-1954) devoted over 20 years to photographing and documenting over 80 American Indian tribes.  After receiving a commission from financier J.P. Morgan, he produced a 20 volume series called The North American Indian, with each volume comprising 75 photogravures and 300 pages of text.  The exhibition features the complete Portfolio Number 10, entitled The Kwakiutl.  Paired with the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, which includes numerous Kwakiutl artworks, the exhibition allows visitors to see the masterpieces of the Thaw collection be brought to life in the ceremonies and lives of the Kwakiutl people.

April 1 – August 17