Klamath Woman by Edward Curtis

Curtis Fever Hits Bend This Fall with Opening of A6’s Edward Curtis exhibit

A6’s Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher exhibit will open for First Friday Art Walk, September 4 and run through October 31. Admission is free. The rare exhibit offers a window to the past, with more than 50 original prints of Native American tribal members from the Pacific Northwest photographed by Curtis in the early 1900s. Curtis’sportraits of chiefs, warriors, hunters, fishermen, basket weavers, and medicine women provide an intimate look at what Curtis feared was a vanishing way of life.

A special opportunity for collectors, every original Edward Curtis print in A6’s exhibit will be available for purchase at a private Collector Event on September 1. Edward Curtis photography and print collectors may pre-register with A6 by August 25 at http://bit.ly/CurtisinBend. These vintage photographs come from original volumes and portfolios of Curtis’ biographyThe North American Indian. Collectors may request a list of available works by calling A6 at 541-330-8759.

A6 will welcome Christopher Cardozo, the nation’s top collector and foremost expert on Edward Curtis, to the Tower Theatre on September 5 for a presentation, Beauty, Heart and Spirit: The Sacred Legacy of Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian. Ticket information is available at http://bit.ly/CurtisinBend.

Curtis Fever will build throughout September and October with events and exhibits focused on the art, life, and legacy of Edward Curtis. High Desert Museum will present a companion exhibit, From the Vault: Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian, Sepember 4-October 31 and host a screening of Curtis’ 1914 silent  film, In the Land of the Headhunters September 26 at the Tower Theatre. BendFilm will air Anne Peacemaker’s award-winning documentary, Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians as a prelude to its 2015 film festival.

Deschutes Public Library will welcome award-winning author Timothy Egan October 1 for an Author!Author! presentation on his best-selling Edward Curtis biography, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

A6 will run Edward Curtis exhibit tours every Saturday at 4 pm starting September 12 through October 31. No registration is required; the tour is $6 per person.

Edward Curtis was an elite portrait photographer in Seattle in the 1890s. His famous images of Chief Seattle’s daughter, “Princess Angeline,” and a war-weary Chief Joseph launched Curtis on an ambitious path to document 80 tribes. Befriended by President Theodore Roosevelt and funded by J.P. Morgan, Curtis labored 30 years to create the 20-volume work, The North American Indian.

A6 is a non-profit studio and art gallery centered on printmaking and book arts in Bend, Oregon. The A6 Gallery features monthly exhibits of original prints and artist books. A6 participates in Bend, Oregon’s First Friday Art Walk. A6 offers school programs, community art talks, and studio workshops.


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