The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange



Ticket Info

Free Registration daily at the Museum Education Annex

Event Description

Exhibition: MON.–FRI. JULY 8–19, 10 AM–4 PM
Photographic Portrait Sessions
CIPX: O’Keeffe Museum
MON–FRI, JULY 15–19, 10 AM–NOON & 1–4 PM

The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) is a photographic inquiry and exchange between artist Will Wilson (Diné) and his subjects as he creates studio portraits that engage 
participants in dialogue during a portrait session using the wet-plate collodion process. Wilson re-creates and re-enacts this performative ritual, which is intensified and refined by his use of a large-format (8 by 10 in.) camera to create a tintype for the sitter. This beautifully alchemic photographic process dramatically contributed to the collective understanding of Native American people and, in so doing, the American identity, demonstrating how an understanding of our world can be acquired through fabricated methods.
Museum visitors can register daily to be photographed. Each portrait takes approximately 30 minutes. An exhibition of digitally printed portraits from the CIPX series will be on view at the Education Annex July 8–19.