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Historic photo exhibit portrays last images of Native American spirit

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Courtesy of GMoA
Gallery Coordinator Angela Green & Director Jim Gabbard, gloved and hard at work hanging the 70 plus photographs by Edward Curtis for the Garrett Museum of Art's upcoming exhibit.
Curtis self image
Edward Curtis, self-portrait, 1899

The Garrett Museum of Art is getting ready to host a monumental exhibit of historic work by American photographer Edward Curtis.

The collection, on loan from a private collection in California, features over 70 of his original photos of the native American people in their surroundings.

In 1900, Curtis, then 32, gave up his portrait photography business to pursue what he called his “Great Idea,” which was to capture on film the very last of Native America ways & customs before their lifestyle was destroyed.

Here WBOI’s Julia Meek talks with the museum’s director, Jim Gabbard about the collection’s scope and impact.

Event Information:

Edward Curtis “Shadow Catcher” Exhibit
@ Garrett Museum of Art, 100 S. Randolph St.
Exhibition runs Friday, January 14th through Sunday, March 27th, 2022
Opening Reception, Friday January 14th 7:00 p.m.

Find more information about the exhibit & the opening reception on the Garrett Museum of Art website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.