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Phyllis Lamphere Gallery

Formerly the Level 2 Rotating Art Gallery


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Edward S. Curtis, "War Canoes," 1914 Kwakiutl, hand-colored slide
Beyond the Frame: Edward S. Curtis, Picture Opera

September 28, 2018-January 6, 2019

Beyond the Frame: To Be Native" is a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, and art and culture. The Center is participating in this event by exhibiting Curtis’s “Picture Opera.”

Edward S. Curtis is known worldwide for his creation of “The North American Indian,” a 20-volume set of photographs and text produced between 1900 and 1930. He also made thousands of recordings from Native Americans on wax cylinders. To promote the series, he created his “Picture Opera” with hand-colored magic glass lantern slides and an orchestral score. This exhibit is from a local collector and includes the original lantern slides with 36”x48” enlargements as well as an example of a magic lantern slide projector from the period.

In 2018, more than 20 museums, Native Cultural Centers, libraries, and other organizations regionally are staging exhibits and events connected to the images Edward S. Curtis made of Native people in the early 20th century and beyond.


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Liza Halvorsen, Watermark, Ceramics, pigment and archival wax
Photo Credit: Larry Halvorsen
Northwest Designer Craftsmen: “The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts”

September 28, 2018-January 6, 2019

An exhibition featuring the artwork of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, juried by Lloyd Herman

Northwest Designer Craftsmen was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship, and stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Members are artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska who work professionally in clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, and/or mixed media. Other members support the crafts in the Pacific Northwest as educators, managers of nonprofit arts organizations, or buyers of art for public or private collections. Northwest Designer Craftsmen is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.