MARQUETTE – Two new exhibits – The Fine Art of Pueblo Ritual and Native American Photographs – will be featured at the Northern Michigan University Art Museum through Oct. 13.

The ritual dances of the Southwestern Pueblo Indians are widely known outside their communities, especially through their sculpture and painting. Masked dancers at Hopi and Zuni ceremonies dressed as kachinas, or ancestral spirits, and the exotic animal dancers of the Rio Grande Pueblos have long been the subjects of artists who have grown up in those communities.

The Pueblo exhibition features 21 watercolors and 16 carved kachina dolls produced by two distinct generations of Native American artists. It was organized by the Detroit Institute of Art and is supported by a grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Edward S. Curtis is known as one of the most dedicated photographers of the life, manners, customs and environment of Native Americans. With the closing of the frontier in 1891, the general public took an interest in the poignant image of the vanishing West. Curtis believed he was recording a way of life that was about to be lost forever.

He photographed his subjects in their traditional dress and habits. He intended his images to be dramatic and to portray purity and simplicity. This collection comes from Curtis’ portfolio of Southwestern Indian images. It was provided by the Marquette Historical Society.

The NMU Art Museum is located in Lee Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Kristi Evans
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