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North American Indian Photography Exhibition Opens May 7 at UW Art Museum

May 3, 2016
sepia-toned historical photo of a Native American man on a horse
“The Old Time Warrior – Nez Perce” is among photographs by Edward S. Curtis that will be on view at the UW Art Museum beginning Saturday, May 7. (Gift of Merton Elliot)

A new exhibition, “Identity and Gender Roles: The North American Indian Photographs of Edward S. Curtis,” will open Saturday, May 7, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

The exhibition, on view through Aug. 6, presents photographs by Edward S. Curtis, one of the most recognized and celebrated photographers of American Indian tribes. Selected from the Art Museum’s collection, the exhibition examines how identity and gender roles are illustrated through Curtis’s depictions of American Indian daily tribal life in the early 20th century.

About Edward S. Curtis

In the early 20th century, Curtis launched “The North American Indian” project, a 30-year mission that he described as an effort “to form a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their ... customs and traditions.”

The exhibition is funded in part by Union Wireless, Tronox and UW Art Museum Gala funds.

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Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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