Muskegon Museum of Art announces exhibit of newly discovered Alaskan photos

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The purpose of Edward Curtis’ journey was to document the lives of the indigenous peoples of the southwestern, western and northwestern United States. Courtesy Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art will showcase the Edward S. Curtis: Unpublished Alaska, the Lost Photographs exhibit from Sept. 16 to Jan. 9.

It will feature more than 100 images, some of which were recently discovered original negatives by Edward Sherriff Curtis, and excerpts from the personal journals of Curtis and his daughter Beth Curtis Magnuson describing their adventures in the Bering Sea.

The purpose of Curtis’ journey was to document the lives of the indigenous peoples of the southwestern, western and northwestern United States.

The exhibition also will include the 2021 publication of the complete journals by Curtis’s descendants John and Coleen Graybill in the book “Edward Curtis: Unpublished Alaska.”

There will be an opening event Sept. 16 with a reception at 5 p.m., book signing and lecture by the Graybills. The event is free to the public.

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