“It’s such a big dream, I can’t see it all.” - Edward S. Curtis.
In 1900, Edward S. Curtis began an undertaking that would consume him for thirty years. While the United States government forcibly removed American Indians from their ancestral lands and banned them from speaking their own languages, Curtis set out on a quest to preserve their stories, histories, languages, and cultures though photography, film, sound, and text. What resulted is a twenty-volume, twenty-portfolio set of books containing 2,200 original hand-pulled photogravure prints, 40,000 glassplate negatives, over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of language and music, extensive film footage, and thousands of pages of text.
Throughout the time that the Edward Curtis: Beauty, Heart and Spirit collection is at The Trout Museum of Art, Storytellers: Wisconsin First Nations Portraits collection by Wisconsin Public Television will be in our Regional Artist Gallery. The North American Landscape by artist Tom Jones will be in the museum’s Atrium. And we are proud to welcome our first exhibition made entirely by artists from the Outagamie County Youth and Family Services’ Restorative Justice program in our Student Artist Gallery.
The Edward Curtis: Beauty, Heart and Spirit exhibition is a selection of works from the Edward Curtis: Sacred Legacy collection of Christopher Cardozo Fine Art, and was organized in collaboration with The Trout Museum of Art.
The Trout Museum of Art is located in the Fox Cities Building for the Arts at 111 W. College Ave., downtown Appleton. For more information, visit us at www.troutmuseum.org.