Native to the Land

Photography and the North American Indian, 1870-1930

Native to the Land

Adam Clark Vroman
Around Moki Towns (Walpi, from North), 1895
Platinum print
Collection SFMOMA, gift of Jan Leonard and Jerry Peil

January 27 - June 12, 2001

From sweeping desert landscapes to haunting portraits of Zuni families and abandoned pueblos, Native to the Land provides a thought-provoking perspective on the depiction of Native Americans during the westward expansion of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Featuring approximately 80 rarely seen photographs by such artists as Edward S. Curtis, John K. Hillers, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Adam Clark Vroman, this exhibition — drawn from SFMOMA's permanent collection, the Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust, and the collection of Ron and Kathy Perisho — documents the creation of a persistent mythology about the American frontier and its inhabitants.

This exhibition was made possible by a generous gift to the Museum by Jan Leonard and Jerry Peil of photographs by Adam Clark Vroman. Other works in this exhibition are drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, The Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as from the local collections of Ron and Kathy Perisho and Prentice and Paul Sack.