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Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

<P>Edward S. Curtis: <EM>Chief Joseph - Nez Perce</EM>, 1903, Photogravure, Edward S. Curtis 1900, platinum printCourtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection</P>

Edward S. Curtis: Chief Joseph - Nez Perce, 1903, Photogravure, Edward S. Curtis 1900, platinum print
Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA  •  Palm Springs Art Museum  •  Ongoing

Beginning in 1900, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) set out on a monumental quest to create an unprecedented, comprehensive record of the Indians of North America. The culmination of his 30-year project led to his magnum opus, The North American Indian, a twenty-volume, twenty-portfolio set of handmade books containing a selection of over 2,200 original photographs. Today this work stands as a landmark in the history of photography, book publishing, ethnography, and the history of the American West, producing an art historical record of enormous and irreplaceable importance.

One Hundred Masterworks presents an extraordinary selection of vintage photographs by Curtis that highlights both iconic and previously little known images, revealing the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual qualities, which are the cornerstone of his art. It showcases seven different photographic print mediums including photogravure, platinum, goldtone (orotone), toned and un-toned gelatin silver, cyanotype, and gold-toned printing-out paper prints. Arranged thematically, the exhibition includes a selection of Curtis’ most compelling and rare photographs that look beyond the documentary nature of his work focusing on his aesthetic and technical contributions to the art of photography.

Accompanying the exhibition is a 184-page catalogue published by Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography in association with Delmonico Books/Prestel with essays by curator Christopher Cardozo and contributions by A.D. Coleman, Louise Erdrich, Eric J. Jolly, and Michael Charles Tobias. The catalogue is available for purchase at the Museum Store.

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Contact: Palm Springs Art Museum
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Palm Springs CA
Tel: (1) 760 322 48 00

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