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Lasting Impressions: The Work of Edward S. Curtis opens Saturday, October 27, 2018


Last updated 10/8/2018 at Noon

(ORANGE, TX) – Lasting Impressions: The Work of Edward S. Curtis opens at the Stark Museum of Art on October 27, 2018. Dr. Sarah E. Boehme, Curator, will offer a lecture at 4:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Education Center; a reception with light refreshments and soft drinks will follow. The Museum will remain open until 6:30 p.m.

Curtis's “big dream” was to document traditional Indian life through his photogravures, writings, and sound recordings. Over 100 images and books from his project The North American Indian are on view. Also featured in the exhibition are other recent acquisitions of Curtis works. A copperplate shows the process Curtis used in the production of the photogravures. An orotone, a photograph printed on glass with gold-toned effects, presents the photographer’s romantic imagery.

In 2013, the Museum purchased a complete set of The North American Indian, which includes twenty portfolios of exquisite photogravures, along with twenty bound volumes of text and additional illustrations. Curtis published descriptions and images of Native American peoples from throughout the American West during the years 1907-1930.

“Edward S. Curtis produced an astonishing body of work in his project The North American Indian. He made beautiful photographs including sensitive portraits and compelling scenes portraying traditional cultural life. Yet his project raises questions about his devotion to his goal. We at the Museum invite the public to engage with this extraordinary project and the stories of people that it portrays,” commented Sarah E. Boehme, Curator.

The exhibition is open through June 8, 2019. Admission to the opening lecture and exhibition is free.


About the Stark Museum of Art

The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the nation's most significant collections of American Western art and is located in the heart of downtown historic Orange, Texas. Paintings, sculpture, prints and rare books interpret the West from 19th century frontier artists to the 20th century artistic colonies in New Mexico and focus on the stunning land, dramatic people and diverse wildlife of the American West. The Museum features artists such as Frederic Remington, John James Audubon, John Mix Stanley, and Charles Marion Russell. Also featured is a significant collection of American Indian objects, including baskets, pottery, clothing and jewelry.

Stark Museum of Art is located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

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