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The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts announces the public opening of the 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. Wilson’s Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) project, on the other hand, 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. For Wilson, 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 13, with activities related to the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view till September 15, 2024. SAMFA is located at 1 Love Street, San Angelo, TX.

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is supported by generous contributions from both individuals and businesses. For hours and more information about SAMFA, go to www.samfa.org. Follow the museum’s socials for up-to-the-minute news and information

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