New Exhibit Opens Friday at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts


SAN ANGELO, TX — The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts has announced the public opening of its exhibition, In Conversation: Will Wilson, on Friday, July 12.  

The exhibition features a stunning selection of portraits by contemporary Navajo (Diné) photographer Will Wilson, together in a dialogue with the work of Edward Curtis, best known for his portfolios of romanticized photos published as The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930, according to a SAMFA press release.

Wilson’s Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) project is dedicated to creating a contemporary vision of Native North America. Wilson employs a wet-plate collodion photographic technique, based on the nineteenth-century method, but he pushes the CIPX project into the contemporary with inclusion of “Talking Tintypes,” which use augmented reality (AR) technology to bring photographs to life. 

Wilson says CIPX is a way to create new conversations and emphasize exchange over problematic documentation.

In Conversation: Will Wilson is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with generous support provided by Art Bridges. It was curated by Mindy Besaw, Curator of American Art/Director of Fellowships & Research from Crystal Bridges, and Ashley Holland, Associate Curator from Art Bridges.

The museum will host a Free Family Sunday, July 14, with activities related to the exhibition, which will be on view until Sept. 15.

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is located at 1 Love Street near the Oakes Street bridge in downtown San Angelo.

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