Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson features 150 images by a historic photographer, alongside immersive experiences from three contemporary artists. Across a spectrum of media rooted in lens-based processes, all four artists contribute to a complex and ever-expanding portrait of Native America.
The advent of photography changed the way we see each other and ourselves, and the camera lens has been employed by artists in many ways since. American artist Edward S. Curtis set out with his camera in the early 1900s to document the Indigenous peoples of North America, mistakenly believing they would soon vanish. Marianne Nicolson creates monumental glassworks, projecting traditional Dzawada’enuxw First Nation expressions into a contemporary context. Through film and digital media, Choctaw and Seminole creative Tracy Rector intimately shares the stories of the Native peoples of the Salish Sea and beyond. Diné photographer Will Wilson reclaims the early image-making technologies used by Curtis to create a new archive of Indigenous representations. Double Exposure offers an opportunity to explore Indigenous identities from multiple, sometimes conflicting, viewpoints.
Double Exposure is presented as part of a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture. Find out more at Beyond the Frame: To Be Native.
This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the New York Public Library.
Special exhibitions at SAM are made possible by donors to
Ellen Ferguson &
The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort and Port Madison Enterprises
Contributors to the SAM Fund
Lummi Indian Business Council
Tulalip Cares Foundation
Double Exposure smartphone tour sponsored by
The Seattle Times