Curated by Christopher Cardozo


One Hundred Masterworks is an extraordinary selection of vintage photographs by Edward S. Curtis, which highlights both iconic and previously little known images, the majority printed in Curtis’ most compelling and rare processes. The prints are among the finest examples that exist and, in some cases, will be the only known example of a particular image. Every style, subject matter, cultural/geographic area, and medium Curtis worked in will be included. The collection from which this exhibition is drawn comprises over 3,000 vintage Curtis photographs and related objects.

The exhibition will showcase prints created in seven different photographic print mediums and will be complemented by objects and other ephemera that will both contextualize and enrich the masterworks. The different print mediums include photogravure, platinum, goldtone, toned and un-toned gelatin silver, cyanotype, and gold-toned printing-out paper prints, and the majority of the photographs will be the rarer, seldom seen, mediums. Aesthetically the prints are of a consistently high level, heretofore unseen in vintage Curtis exhibitions.

Over one hundred years ago, Edward Curtis (born in 1868) set out on a monumental quest to make an unprecedented, comprehensive record of the North American Indian. He produced 40,000-50,000 photographs of Native peoples. The culmination of his project was the creation of his magnum opusThe North American Indian, a twenty-volume, twenty-portfolio set of handmade books. Curtis’ core mission was to safeguard and preserve their ‘sacred legacy’ for future generations by creating a permanent record of their lives in photographs, film, sound, and text. Today this work stands as a landmark in the history of photography, book publishing, ethnography, and the history of the American West. Viewed in its entirety, Curtis’ work presents an historical record of enormous and irreplaceable importance. More …


Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
June 12-September 20, 2015

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
October 10 2015-January 17, 2016

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
February 20-May 29, 2016

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
June 18-September 18, 2016

Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida

October 11-December 31, 2016

Palm Springs Art Museum Opening 2016 - Brandow, MacMillian, Cardozo

Palm Springs Art Museum Opening 2016 – Brandow, MacMillian, Cardozo

Palm Springs Art Museum Opening 2016 – The Gallery

Palm Springs Art Museum Opening 2016 – The Gallery

Palm Springs Art Museum - EDWARD CURTIS: ONE HUNDRED MASTERWORKS - Opening 2016

Palm Springs Art Museum – Opening 2016 | EDWARD CURTIS: ONE HUNDRED MASTERWORKS


Curated by Christopher Cardozo

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.

 Visitors at the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul Korea

Visitors at the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul Korea

Ambassador Thomas Robertson tours the Curtis exhibit at Slovene Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ambassador Thomas Robertson,  Slovene Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Arowhenua children perform as part of the opening celebration at Aigantighe Art Museum in Timaru, New Zealand

Arowhenua children, Aigantighe Art Museum in Timaru, New Zealand

Sacred Legacy Past Exhibitions


CroatiaAzgrebFebruary ’07Coration Academy of Sciences and Arts
CroatiaZadarMarch ’07
DenmarkOdenseNovember ’06Brandst Museet for Fotokunst
GermanyCologneFall ’09
GermanyMunichSummer ’09
GreeceAthensDecember ’06
GreeceThessolonikiNovember ’06
HungaryBudapestJune ’08Millenáris Red and Black Gallery
HungaryBudapestJune ’09
IrelandDublinDecember ’06Gallery of Photography
IrelandInis OirrMarch ’07Art Centre
ItalyBariFall ’06
ItalyFoianoJune ’06Photography Festival
ItalyGenoaDecember ’05Museo delle Culture del Mondo
MoldovaChinisauJune ’06
PolandWarsawMay ’06The State Ethnographical Museum
RomaniaBucharestJune ’06National Museum of Art of Romania
RomaniaSibiuMarch ’07
SlovakiaBratislaviaJune ’07
SlovakiaKosiceApril ’07
SloveniaKoperMay ’07
SolveniaLjubljanaApril ’07
SpainPalma de MallSpring ’07Fundacion Sophia
SwedenSundsvallJuly ’11Foto Museet
TurkeyAnkara, KonyaMarch ’06American Cultural Centers
UkraineDnipropetrovsMarch ’06Yavornytskyi Historical Museum
UkraineKyivJanuary ’10Ivan Honchar Museum
UkraineLvivFebruary 10Lviv Ethnographic Museum

Central America

GuatemalaQuetzaltenango & AntiguaSeptember ’06
GuatemalaGuatemala CityOctober ’06Guatemala binational center
HondurasSan Pedro SulaApril ’07
HondurasTegucigalpaMay ’06
NicaraguaManaguaJune ’06

South America

ArgentinaBuenos AiresOctober ’06
BrazilBrasiliaDecember ’08Caixa Cultural
BrazilCurtibaFebruary ’09Caixa Cultural
BrazilRio de JaneiroMay ’09Caixa Cultural
BrazilSalvadorJuly ’09Caixa Cultural
BrazilSao PauloMarch ’09Caixa Cultural
ChileSantiagoFebruary ’09National History Museum-Plaza de Armas
ColumbiaBogotaNovember ’05Centro Colombo Americano de Bogota
ColombiaCaliDecember ’05Museo la Merced
ParaguayParaguayAugust ’06Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano
ParaguayParaguayApril ’06Museo la Merced
PeruArequipaJuly ’06BNC:Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
PeruChiclavoJune ’06BNC Gallery: Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
PeruLima, Trujillo, Chiclayo and ArequipaMay ’06Galeria Pancho Fierro
PeruTrujilloJune ’06BNC Gallery: Centro Peruano American El Cultural
VenezuelaCaracasMarch ’06Centro Cultural Corp Banca


Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo & SantiagoNovember ’06Two cultural centers in Santiago

North America

MexicoCancunOctober ’06
MexicoMeridiaJuly ’06Palacio Canton
MexicoOaxacaMarch ’07
MexicoPachucaDecember ’07Fototeca Nacional
MexicoSan Luis PotosiMarch ’08
MexicoTiaxcalaJune ’07
MexicoTorreonSeptember ’08
MexicoTulaDecember ’07
MexicoTuxtlaDecember ’06
MexicoVeracruzSeptember ’07
MexicoVillahermosaApril ’06Galeria del Palacio de Gobierno
MexicoXalapaSeptember ’07
MexicoZacatecasJune ’08


South AfricaCapetownDecember ’09
South AfricaDurbanJanuary ’10
South AfricaGrahamstownMay ’10
South AfricaKimberlyMarch ’10
South AfricaPretoriaFebruary ’10


ChinaBeijingJune ’07National Library DaShanZi Art Gallery
ChinaChengduApril ’07Municipal Library
ChinaGuangzhouMarch ’07Museum of Art
ChinaHong KongFebruary ’08The University of Hong Kong
ChinaShanghaiMay ’07Municipal Library
KoreaSeoulSeptember ’11Sejong Art Center
PhilippinesBaguioMay ’07SM City Baguio
PhilippinesDavaoApril ’07SM City Davao
PhilippinesManilaMarch ’07Mall of Asia
SingaporeJurong EastOctober ’07Jurong Regional Library
TaiwanKaohsuingJanuary ’08Kaojsiung Museum of History
TaiwanTaichungOctober ’07National Museum of Natural Science
TaiwanTaipeiSeptember ’07National Taiwan Museum
TaiwantaitungDecember ’07National Museum of Prehistory
ThailandBangkokJune ’07TK Park, Central World
ThailandChiang MaiSeptember ’07Lanna Architecture Center

New Zealand

New ZealandWellingtonApril ’07


AustraliaSydneySeptember ’08Sydney College of the Arts