By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

Through November 27, 2016 – Special Exhibition Gallery

This innovative traveling exhibition brings together Native American artwork and objects, with the iconic photographs by Edward S. Curtis, creating a relationship between the images and artifacts, enriching the meaning of both by giving context, insight and perspective. Focused on Native women and their art, the exhibition allows us to more deeply understand their roles within Native society, culture and family. Both classic and lesser-known Curtis photographs of women, their artwork and the environment in which they lived, from the internationally acclaimed Christopher G. Cardozo Collection, will be incorporated in the exhibition.

Image: Edward S. Curtis, Qahatika Girl, 1907, pigment print, 45.5 x 34”; Woven basket, Chemehuevi, ca. 1910; Beaded doll, Sioux, ca. 1880; Polychrome canteen, Cochiti Pueblo, ca. 1900; All from Private Collections.

65 Years of Chasing Sunlight:

The Art of Merrill Mahaffey

Through February 19, 2017  – Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Merrill Mahaffey completed his first painting in 1950. He says he has been on a quest ever since, “chasing the sunlight across the land trying to capture the exact luminosity that makes ordinary places magical.” Known for his highly detailed paintings of rock formations, canyon walls and mines, Mahaffey contrasts light and shadow to great effect. Through 30 paintings, this exhibition highlights the best of his work over the last 20 years.

Image: © Merrill Mahaffey, The History of Life, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 90″, Given by the R.C. Cannady Family in memory of Irene Evelyn Cannady

Booth Photography Guild Annual Exhibition

Through November 13 – Borderlands Gallery

This juried exhibition features the work of photographers who are members of the Booth Photography Guild, a group that meets monthly for educational photographic programs.

Image: © John Mariana, Heaven’s Gate, 2015, color print, 23 x 15″, First Place Award Winner

Frank Harding: Collection of a Cattleman

Through November 27 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Earlier this year Booth Museum Director Seth Hopkins received a call from businessman Duncan Alexander, who had acquired a collection of Western art from his late business partner, Frank Harding. Duncan hoped to find a museum that would appreciate the collection and honor Harding. A quick visit to Illinois confirmed the collection had important pieces by leading contemporary artists Harry Jackson, Joe Beeler, Gordon Snidow, Tom Ryan, Robert Lougheed, and James Boren. An agreement was reached for the collection to be placed on loan, with the understanding it will be given to the Booth. The Booth Museum is fortunate to be able to share this collection with the public and grateful for the opportunity to work with Duncan Alexander to honor the spirit of Frank Harding, Cattleman and Collector.

Image: © Robert Lougheed, Roundup at Seago Mesa-Bell Ranch, N.D., oil on board, 20 x 30″, Collected by Frank Harding/Loaned by Duncan Alexander