A grant of $70,000 starting in 2011 to support research on Photography and Native America for an exhibition and catalogue.
Photography and Native America considers the vexed historical relationship between Native Americans and the medium of photography. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has long thought of the history of Western photography in terms of landscape practices, but recent exhibitions and scholarship have resituated our understanding, presenting the West as decidedly peopled. This project asserts that photographs of and about Native America are not a sideline to a broader history of American photography, but instead constitute a core practice in shaping politics and attitudes about the West in its broadest cultural terms. The project will draw largely, but not exclusively, from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art holdings. Research support from the Texas Fund allowed the museum’s former Associate Curator, Jessica May, to build a bibliography surveying the literature of this broad subject and to take preliminary research trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco based on an initial four-section project outline. Senior Curator of Photographs John Rohrbach leads the project.