If you missed the exhibition Native Portraits: Points of Inquiry, which opened at the New Mexico History Museum in 2012, you have a chance to see an expanded version of it at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (710 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill), where it reopens this weekend with additional historical material and portraits by contemporary photographers Lee Marmon and Will Wilson. The exhibition — co-curated by Palace of the Governors photo archivist Daniel Kosharek, MIAC archivist Diane Bird, and gallerist Andrew Smith — includes vintage photographs by De Lancey Gill, Carl Moon, Edward S. Curtis, and T. Harmon Parkhurst, many of them culled from the thousands of prints and negatives in the collection of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. The exhibitfocuses on photographers active from the post-Civil War period through 1935, and it includes ethnographic imagery of Native dignitaries by Charles M. Bell and A. Zeno Shindler. The museum encourages Native visitors to bring heirloom photographs to the exhibit to be scanned and added to a community gallery of rotating images that runs through the length of the show.
The opening reception takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. The day’s events include a 2 p.m. talk on “Photography and the Pueblo Imagination” by Marmon and performances at 1 and 3 p.m. by the Dine’tah Dance Group. Wilson’s portable wet-plate collodion portrait studio is available for visitors interested in getting a photo taken as a contemporary tintype from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for the reception; entrance is by museum admission (free on Sundays for New Mexico residents). See www.indianartsandculture.org.
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