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Curtis Reframed: The Arizona Volumes

Mosa-Mohave by Edward S. Curtis, 1903, photogravure, from the permanent collections of Arizona State Museum.November 9, 2013 through July 2015

Edward S. Curtis, famed photographer of the American West, created iconic images of Native peoples at the start of the 20th century. This exhibit explores Curtis’ work in Arizona from 1900 to 1921, featuring photogravures and narratives from his life’s work, The North American Indian, a 20-volume set. Arizona-specific volumes are One (Apache, Navajo), Two (Pima (Akimel O’odham), Mojave, Papago (Tohono O’odham), Qahatika (Tohono O’odham), Yuma (Quechan), Maricopa (Pee Posh), Hualapai, Havasupai, Yavapai), and Twelve (Hopi). Lauded and decried, Curtis’ sepia-toned portraits have fascinated generations of audiences and, for better or worse, continue to influence how the world thinks of American Indians. This exhibit features approximately 60 images from the permanent collections of Arizona State Museum and the Center for Creative Photography, both at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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