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A Corner of Taos and a Kiva Entrance

Accession Number
1987/1.209

Title
A Corner of Taos and a Kiva Entrance

Artist(s)
Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1925

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
6 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in (16.83 cm x 20.96 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon

Subject matter
This image, a Kiva entrance at the Taos reservation, Northernmost of the Pueblos, is from The North American Indian (1907-1930), a twenty-volume series created by Edward Curtis in order to document the lives of Native Americans in diverse regions of the Western United States. This limited edition volume was financially supported by J.P. Morgan, and promoted by Theodore Roosevelt. The resulting works have been criticized and celebrated for their portrayal of Native American life. Curtis often included anachronous props and clothing and presented rituals that had not been performed in years in order to support an idealized and romantic reading of a “vanishing race.”

Physical Description
A photograph of adobe structures in a desert landscape. Each structure is square, many with small windows. To the left, a wooden structure is visible in the background.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Native American
Pueblo (Native American style)
buildings
deserts
kivas
modern and contemporary art
pueblos (settlements)
streets

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