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SACRED LEGACY:
EDWARD S. CURTIS AND THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN

This is a unique photographic exhibition created expressly for the United States Department of State. The principal purpose of this sixty-print exhibition is to celebrate our Native peoples and their history and culture, as well as, the beauty and power of Edward Curtis’ photography. The Exhibition illustrates the broad and extraordinary diversity among the North American tribes and pays homage to the famed photographer/ ethnographer Edward S. Curtis. The Exhibition is also designed to attract and create a positive dialogue among widely diverse populations throughout the world. These goals have been achieved by creating an exhibition of Curtis’ photographs that can easily travel throughout a variety of venues. Each Exhibition promises sixty museum-quality fine art photographic prints, didactic panels, ephemera reproductions, and a film by Anne Makepeace that focuses on Curtis’ work and its relationship to contemporary Native Americans. All didactic panels, ephemera reproductions and virtually all prints in the exhibitions have been created specifically for these exhibitions. Most prints are created using extremely rare processes originally employed by Curtis for his most prized (and expensive) prints. Because of the factors enumerated below, this Exhibition is considered a radical improvement upon any previous exhibitions of non-vintage Curtis photographs.

All work included in this Exhibition is drawn from the archive of the personal collection of Christopher Cardozo. This is the largest and most broad-ranging Curtis collection in the world. Mr. Cardozo is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on Edward Curtis and his photography. He has authored eight books and lectured internationally on Curtis. From his archive of over 4,000 vintage Curtis prints, Mr. Cardozo has selected sixty of Curtis’ most compelling and evocative images. Each image has been printed in a size and medium intended to most fully enhance the impact of object. The images are representative of the diverse cultural geographic regions in which Curtis photographed and illustrate Curtis’ artistry in portrait, landscape and still life photography.

The prints are extremely faithful to the look, feel, dimensions, etc. of Curtis’ original, vintage prints. Wherever possible Mr. Cardozo’s personal archive of original Curtis negatives were used as the source for creating the exhibition prints. Where the negatives were not available, the highest quality vintage prints from Cardozo’s collection were used as the source for generating the new prints. In many cases these vintage prints are unique. Mr. Cardozo’s company, Curtis Centennial Project, Inc., copyrights the prints in the exhibition and each venue is permitted to freely use the imagery for education and promotional purposes.

Mr. Cardozo has been actively involved in Curtis’ work for over three decades and has endeavored to create the most beautiful prints possible for this Exhibition. A wide variety of print media were explored and an unprecedented seven different fine art photographic print media are included in each Exhibition. One of the many goals of the Exhibition is to also attract some of the most sophisticated members of society in each country. Therefore, it was critical to create exhibitions of unsurpassed beauty and technical mastery. Toward that end, all prints were made by master printers Peter Bernardy, of Curtis Centennial Project Inc., and Peter de Lory, of Peter de Lory Photography. Mr. Bernardy has been a professional printer fifteen years and has worked with Mr. Cardozo for ten years. Under Mr. Cardozo’s direct supervision, Mr. Bernardy and Mr. de Lory went through a complex and time-consuming mastering process for each print. Cardozo also drew upon longstanding relationships in the museum-level framing industry to create the final custom-designed framing presentation for all the photographs. Each frame will be a museum-quality hardwood moulding with archival matting and will be specifically selected to complement the size and tonality of the individual print. Archival matting will be used throughout.

Two exhibitions from Cardozo’s personal Curtis collection have been traveling widely in Europe over the past five years. Both have been extremely well received (the inaugural exhibition in Paris broke twenty year attendance records at the host museum and generated over 100 newspaper and magazine articles as well as television coverage.) The “Sacred Legacy” Exhibition created for The Department of State has been exceptionally well received in over forty-five countries and has generated thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, radio, and television spots. Through the exhibitions and attendant publicity millions of people throughout the world have been touched by Curtis’ work. Cardozo has drawn on his thirty-two years and tens of thousands of hours of experience with Curtis’ work to create these popular and critically acclaimed exhibitions.

Current/Upcoming

Country City Dates Location
Korea Suwon January ’12 Gyeonggi Arts Center

Europe

Country City Dates Location
Croatia Azgreb February ’07 Coration Academy of Sciences and Arts
Croatia Zadar March ’07
Denmark Odense November ’06 Brandst Museet for Fotokunst
Germany Cologne Fall ’09
Germany Munich Summer ’09
Greece Athens December ’06
Greece Thessoloniki November ’06
Hungary Budapest June ’08 Millenáris Red and Black Gallery
Hungary Budapest June ’09
Ireland Dublin December ’06 Gallery of Photography
Ireland Inis Oirr March ’07 Art Centre
Italy Bari Fall ’06
Italy Foiano June ’06 Photography Festival
Italy Genoa December ’05 Museo delle Culture del Mondo
Moldova Chinisau June ’06
Poland Warsaw May ’06 The State Ethnographical Museum
Romania Bucharest June ’06 National Museum of Art of Romania
Romania Sibiu March ’07
Slovakia Bratislavia June ’07
Slovakia Kosice April ’07
Slovenia Koper May ’07
Solvenia Ljubljana April ’07
Spain Palma de Mall Spring ’07 Fundacion Sophia
Sweden Sundsvall July ’11 Foto Museet
Turkey Ankara, Konya March ’06 American Cultural Centers
Ukraine Dnipropetrovs March ’06 Yavornytskyi Historical Museum
Ukraine Kyiv January ’10 Ivan Honchar Museum
Ukraine Lviv February 10 Lviv Ethnographic Museum

Central America

Country City Dates Location
Guatemala Quetzaltenango & Antigua September ’06
Guatemala Guatemala City October ’06 Guatemala binational center
Honduras San Pedro Sula April ’07
Honduras Tegucigalpa May ’06
Nicaragua Managua June ’06

South America

Country City Dates Location
Argentina Buenos Aires October ’06
Brazil Brasilia December ’08 Caixa Cultural
Brazil Curtiba February ’09 Caixa Cultural
Brazil Rio de Janeiro May ’09 Caixa Cultural
Brazil Salvador July ’09 Caixa Cultural
Brazil Sao Paulo March ’09 Caixa Cultural
Chile Santiago February ’09 National History Museum-Plaza de Armas
Columbia Bogota November ’05 Centro Colombo Americano de Bogota
Colombia Cali December ’05 Museo la Merced
Paraguay Paraguay August ’06 Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano
Paraguay Paraguay April ’06 Museo la Merced
Peru Arequipa July ’06 BNC:Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
Peru Chiclavo June ’06 BNC Gallery: Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
Peru Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo and Arequipa May ’06 Galeria Pancho Fierro
Peru Trujillo June ’06 BNC Gallery: Centro Peruano American El Cultural
Venezuela Caracas March ’06 Centro Cultural Corp Banca

Caribbean

Country City Dates Location
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo & Santiago November ’06 Two cultural centers in Santiago

North America

Country City Dates Location
Mexico Cancun October ’06
Mexico Meridia July ’06 Palacio Canton
Mexico Oaxaca March ’07
Mexico Pachuca December ’07 Fototeca Nacional
Mexico San Luis Potosi March ’08
Mexico Tiaxcala June ’07
Mexico Torreon September ’08
Mexico Tula December ’07
Mexico Tuxtla December ’06
Mexico Veracruz September ’07
Mexico Villahermosa April ’06 Galeria del Palacio de Gobierno
Mexico Xalapa September ’07
Mexico Zacatecas June ’08

Africa

Country City Dates Location
South Africa Capetown December ’09
South Africa Durban January ’10
South Africa Grahamstown May ’10
South Africa Kimberly March ’10
South Africa Pretoria February ’10

Asia

Country City Dates Location
China Beijing June ’07 National Library DaShanZi Art Gallery
China Chengdu April ’07 Municipal Library
China Guangzhou March ’07 Museum of Art
China Hong Kong February ’08 The University of Hong Kong
China Shanghai May ’07 Municipal Library
Korea Seoul September ’11 Sejong Art Center
Philippines Baguio May ’07 SM City Baguio
Philippines Davao April ’07 SM City Davao
Philippines Manila March ’07 Mall of Asia
Singapore Jurong East October ’07 Jurong Regional Library
Taiwan Kaohsuing January ’08 Kaojsiung Museum of History
Taiwan Taichung October ’07 National Museum of Natural Science
Taiwan Taipei September ’07 National Taiwan Museum
Taiwan taitung December ’07 National Museum of Prehistory
Thailand Bangkok June ’07 TK Park, Central World
Thailand Chiang Mai September ’07 Lanna Architecture Center

New Zealand

Country City Dates Location
New Zealand Wellington April ’07

Australia

Country City Dates Location
Australia Sydney September ’08 Sydney College of the Arts

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