The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Hopi, Watching the Dancers]

Object Details

Title:

[Hopi, Watching the Dancers]

Artist/Maker:

Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Culture:

American

Date:

1906

Medium:

Gelatin silver print or platinum print

Object Number:

85.XM.241.2

Dimensions:

19.7 × 14.7 cm (7 3/4 × 5 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

Three Hopi girls, wrapped in heavy blankets and wearing the squash blossom hairstyle of maidens, sit and stand on an adobe rooftop, watching a pueblo dance below. A fourth girl is hidden behind the girl at right, with only a single twist of her hair visible over the standing girl's shoulder. The standing girl glances suspiciously at the photographer, Edward Curtis, who has invaded the girls' privacy with his camera's presence. In this photograph, the onlookers have themselves become an event to be witnessed.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Meeting the Great Spirit: The Indian Congress of 1898 (November 30, 2017 to March 4, 2018)
  • Museo de América (Madrid), November 30, 2017 to March 4, 2018