ONE HUNDRED MASTERWORKS
Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL
From October 11 through December 31, the Flagler Museum of Palm Beach hosted Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks. The beauty of the Flagler Museum’s architecture was the perfect backdrop for a careful selection of rare vintage photographs by Edward Curtis, taken between 1900 and 1930. Although the exhibit included many of Curtis’ most famous images – it also featured largely unknown images of which only one or two prints survive.
One Hundred Masterworks was curated by Christopher Cardozo and comprised of works from Cardozo’s legendary Curtis collection. “I wanted to give people a sense of Curtis as an artist and maker of beautiful objects,” Cardozo said in an interview. To fulfill that mission, the exhibit offers a fascinating and luminous window into Native artisans at work, tribal ceremonies, portraits, landscapes and more.
Many exhibitions of Curtis’ work have been comprised mainly of photogravures produced for The North American Indian. In 100 Masterworks, nearly half the vintage prints were made using more complex and tonally rich processes that Curtis or his studio created specifically for exhibition or sale. The exhibit’s images and cultural stories left behind a poignant and indelible memory for attendees.
The success of this exhibit inspires Cardozo Fine Art to continue the mission of sharing the Beauty, Heart and Spirit of Native American cultures and ways of life with an ever increasing audience.
Podcast by Christopher Cardozo
LETTER FROM A VISITOR
Dear Mr. Cardozo,
“Nobody cares about how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Anonymous
This has been a favorite quote of mine and one I have recited to clients as a healing arts practitioner. You demonstrated a combination of knowledge, passion and care that is rare in today’s Twitter universe. It was more than obvious to me and my family in attendance at your Palm Beach Edward Curtis lecture that you embodied the sentiment of that quote within the first handful of sentences that passed your lips. Your introduction on “authenticity deficit disorder” and “intimacy deficit disorder” spoke volumes and truly epitomized the true nature of the human spirit and subject matter which Edward Curtis so artfully captured with his lens over 100 years ago. It’s my most sincere hope that you are able to follow up and foster a bond with my father-‐in-‐law. It is no accident that you crossed each other’s paths. He has an unquenchable thirst for these subjects, so for him to meet you and see and feel in person your combination of knowledge, passion and humility was such a great opportunity.
December 9, 2016
FROM THE GUESTBOOK
– A beautiful and powerful world that seems eternal.
– Wise Mr. Curtis was aware of the legacy he would leave. We are indebted to his vision, perseverance, and commitment.
– What a wonderful and important exhibition. American Indians are still oppressed in the United States today. They are still persecuted. The exhibit reminds us time and again of the importance of their culture that we need to safeguard.
– Thank you for opening up our minds and hearts with such an outstanding exhibit!