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Edward S. Curtis: Community Read Program

March 6 - May 16

A Community Read program will set the stage for “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian,” an exhibit coming to the Muskegon Museum of Art May 11 through September 10, 2017.  The exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural legacy of early-1900s photographer Edward Curtis.  The entire collection of 723 portfolio photographs from The North American Indian will be on display.  This in-depth survey of Curtis’s iconic body of work will also examine the challenges and controversies that the work generated from the start.

The MMA is collaborating with area library branches to offer free copies and discussions of the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Timothy Egan.  Egan’s book tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history and Edward S. Curtis—the driven, brilliant man who made them. This is all in conjunction with Timothy Egan’s visit to the Frauenthal Center theatre in Muskegon on May 17 to discuss his book.

Book Give Away:

Area libraries will give away books, while supplies last, compliments of the Muskegon Museum of Art.  Books are available at Muskegon Area District Library branches including the Hackley Public Library, White Lake Community Library, Loutit District Library and Spring Lake District Library.  Books may also be purchased at the MMA.

Book Discussions:

Book discussions will take place April 5 through May 4 at the library branches, the Muskegon Museum of Art and at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague.


April 5, 6:00pm at Book Nook and Java Shop, Montague

April 11, 5:30 pm at White Lake Community Library

April 11, 7:00pm at Spring Lake District Library

April 13, 7:00pm at Loutit District Library

April 18, 10:30am at Muskegon Township Branch

April 18, 6:30pm at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

April 24, 5:30pm at Dalton Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

April 27, 6:00pm at Muskegon Museum of Art

May 2, 10:00am at North Muskegon – Walker Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

May 3, 6:30pm at Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

May 4, 2:00 pm at Hackley Public Library

May 4, 10:30 am at Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library

An Evening with Author Timothy Egan:

The Community Read program is organized ahead of an evening with the award winning author Timothy Egan on May 17 at the Frauenthal Theater.  A book signing will follow Egan’s program. Tickets are $10. For tickets, visit

For more information about the Community Read program, call 231-720-2580.



March 6
May 16
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