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Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, April 15, 2017 - May 28, 2017
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
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Stauth Memorial Museum
111 N. Aztec
Montezuma, KS 67867
|Description:||THE STAUTH MEMORIAL MUSEUM TO DISPLAY
EDWARD S. CURTIS PHOTOGRAPHS OF
MONTEZUMA, KS --- A selection of early 20th century photographs from the Edward S. Curtis portfolio of the Southwest Indian will be presented at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, Kansas from April 15, 2017 to May 28, 2017.
The over 50 photogravures that make up the "Edward S. Curtis: Indians of the Southwest" exhibition capture many of the significant aspects of Indian culture in modernized Indian nations. Curtis was struck by the reality of the North American Indian as a vanishing race. He felt compelled to record their rites and traditions before it was too late. When Curtis began his project in 1896, the Indians were in a painful period of transition. The hallowed grounds of their ancestors were being settled and irrigation ditches were blighting the Indians wild buffalo hunting grounds. Famous Indian chiefs were living in prisons or on reservations. Geronimo, at age 76, was taking care of a small vegetable garden while a prisoner at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
This exhibition is made up of photographs of pottery and other artifacts shot in such a way as to highlight their functional shapes and textures. The photographs of the ceremonial rites reflect the Pueblo Indian's strong religious beliefs as well as the indigenous harmony between man and his environment. Among the most remarkable of the exhibition photographs are those of the pueblos and other landscapes of the tribal regions, as well as the beautiful, moving portraits of men, women and children he met during his study.
The photographs in this display were selected from Curtis's complete publication, The North American Indian, one of the largest photographic archives ever created by a single artist and probably the most profound representation of pure Indian culture ever made. The complete publication consists of 20 volumes of text with fifteen hundred small plates, plus 20 portfolios of unbound gravure plates, comprising a total of approximately twenty-five hundred images. The Curtis project took over 30 years and about one million dollars to complete. Curtis studied over 80 Indian tribes west of the Mississippi River from New Mexico to Alaska and made over 40,000 negatives.
Blair-Murrah, the organization preparing this exhibition, provides a number of exhibitions covering a variety of historical and contemporary subjects to institutions throughout the world.
We are expecting many tours for this exhibit so please call in advance for groups of 5 or more! Tours/groups welcome by appointment, contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour. Business hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N Aztec Street, Montezuma KS are Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. We are closed on Mondays and all major holidays including Sunday, April 16th, Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit! www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org
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Created: April 1, 2017 at 11:41 PM
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