Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher Exhibition

Edward-Curtis-Exhibit.jpgDon't miss a rare print and photography exhibition celebrating the life's work of Edward S. Curtis featuring original vintage photographs of North American tribes.  

A6 Print Studio & Gallery

This Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher exhibition ​on view through October 31.  A6 is located at 389 S.W. Scalehouse Court, Suite 120 and is open Monday-Saturday from 10am–7pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Admission is Free.

Guided Tours at A6 on Saturdays at 4pm (September 12-October 31) for $6. Large groups can schedule a private tour (call for details at 541-330-8759).


Deschutes Public Library Foundation

Author! Author! with Timothy Egan on October 1 at Bend High School. Egan is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and Book Award wining author of seven books, most recently Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. Egan writes a weekly column "Opinionator"for The New York Times. Tickets for Timothy Egan at Author!Author!


Deschutes Public Library

Shadow Catcher: Edward Curtis Through Native Eyes Justine Lowry, Professor of Native American Art History will explore contemporary responses to the photographic works of Edward Curtis.  On October 7 at 6pm at Downtown Public Library, Free.

Second Sunday: Elizabeth Woody An enrolled member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs, Woody reads at Deschutes Public Library's free monthly celebration of the written word. On October 11 at 2pm, Free.

High Desert Museum

From the Vault: Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian The High Desert Museum holds in its collection a complete set of the 20 bound volumes from Edward Curtis's renowned publication, The North American Indian. These rare volumes will be displayed, along with prints that depict tribes from the High Desert region. This is an inaugural; exhibition for the new series, From the Vault, where the Museum unveils rarely-displayed materials from its collection.

In the Land of the Head Hunters a feature length silent film made in 1914 to showcase the Kwakiutl (now known as Kwakwaka'waka) of Canada's Vancouver Island. The centennial restoration includes a rendition of the original score that Curtis commissioned from composer John J. Braham. Register by calling 541-382-4754, ext. 241 to reserve a seat. One night screening on Monday, October 19 at 7pm.

Then and Now: Edward Curtis, Early 20th Century Photography and Contemporary Native American Photographers’ Responses by Julia Dolan, Ph.D, The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum on October 28. This program is presented by The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of the COCC Foundation and the High Desert Museum.

This talk will place Edward Curtis’ photographs for The North American Indian within the larger context of early twentieth-century photography, when Pictorialist, Modernist, and social documentary styles vied from prominence. In addition, Dr. Dolan will discuss current works by contemporary Native American photographer. October 28 at 6:30pm, High Desert Museum. Tickets: $5 for general public, $3 for High Desert Museum members, Student Free with ID card. RSVP at : High Desert Museum/rsvp and pay at the door.



Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians presented by BendFilm. This documentary by Native American Director Anne Peacemaker premiered at Sundance in 2000 and was an Academy Award nominee for beat feature documentary in 2001. Screened at Tin Pan Theatre on September 28 and Madras performing Arts Center on October 3.

Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of the life of Edward Curtis, the creation of his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. Hopi, Navajo, Cupig, Blackfeet, Piegen, Suquamish and Kwakiutl people, many of them descended from Curtis's photographer subjects, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images from their own perspective.



Photography and art collectors and Native American history ​buffs will have a​n opportunity to purchase prints from the collection on September 1. Collectors ​need to pre-register by emailing or calling the A6 Gallery before August 25.

Get more information and purchase tickets for all events here.