Edward S. Curtis’s Native American photographic portraits have been a source of both admiration and controversy since their rediscovery in the early 1970’s. . Financed by J. P. Morgan and endorsed by President Theodore Roosevelt, Curtis undertook a monumental project photographing all the Indian tribal groups west of the Mississippi that he felt had maintained traditional ways. Curtis originally envisioned a five-to-ten year project. When it was finished 30 years later, he was ruined personally and financially and the Great Depression destined his life’s work to obscurity until after his death. Learn more about this intriguing man and his compelling photographs during Morning Coffee at the MacNider on Monday, September 26, from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. with Museum Educator Linda Willeke.
Morning Coffee at the MacNider is designed for retired persons and those with flexible daytime schedules to experience and enjoy art. It features a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, its collection and American art history. Refreshments are provided and there is no charge or preregistration.
The MacNider Museum is located at 303 Second Street SE in Mason City. Please call 641-421-3666 or check www.macniderart.org for more information.