Conversation: Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy

February 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Edward Sheriff Curtis, Sunset on Puget Sound, 1898
Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952), Sunset on Puget Sound, 1898, plate 316 from the portfolio The North American Indian, volume 9, photogravure, gift of Henrietta E. Failing.

Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art
Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography

Moderated by Steven L. Grafe, Ph.D., Curator of Art, Maryhill Museum of Art.

As exhibition co-curators, Julia Dolan and Deana Dartt grappled with a plethora of issues embedded in the legacy of representation of Native Americans. Through a close examination of issues and ideas from both sides of the camera, these scholars of photography and Native American representation will engage the audience in dialogue about some of the fundamental complexities and pitfalls of “capturing” and displaying the lives of “others.”

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