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Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange Collection

Call Number: WA Photos Folio 184
Content Description

Portraits created by Will Wilson of Native American artists, arts professionals, and leaders as well as others, 2012-2020. He generally makes his portraits at public venues at which people are given the opportunity to sit. Wilson created the images using a wet plate collodion process that produced tintypes on sheets of aluminum. He then gave the tintypes to the sitters after he created high-resolution digital scans of the objects. The arrangement of the collection gathers the portraits by the event/site at which the tintypes were made. The 612 inkjet prints in the collection derive from the digital scans of the tintypes.

Wilson titled, signed, and dated inkjet prints on rectos in English, except for the series, PHOTO/SYNTHESIS, which has inscriptions on the versos of the inkjet prints. All prints additionally designated "Beinecke Edition."

Throughout the collection, Wilson uses abbreviations to designate portraits made at particular sites. These abbrevations include "CIPX" for Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange and then designations for the site such as "NMMA" for New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Language of Materials

Inscriptions in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Peters Projects, Llc, on Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2017. Purchased from Will Wilson on Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2018-2021.


Organized into 28 series: I. Santa Fe Studio, 2012. II. New Mexico Museum of Art, 2012. III. Santa Fe Art Institute, 2012. IV. Institute of American Indian Arts, 2012. V. Denver Art Museum, 2013. VI. School for Advanced Research, 2013. VII. Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, 2013. VIII. Red Dot Gallery, 2015. IX. Portland Art Museum, 2016. X. PHOTO/SYNTHESIS, 2016. XI. Spoken Through Clay, 2016. XII. Seattle Art Museum, 2017. XIII. Tempe Center for the Arts, 2018. XIV. Santa Fe Community College, 2018. XV. New Mexico Museum of Art, 2012. XVI. Photo LA, 2013. XVII. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, 2013. XVIII. University of South Australia, 2013. XIX. National Museum of the American Indian, 2014. XX. Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts, 2019. XXI. New Mexico School for the Arts and the SITE Santa Fe, 2013. XXII. Tufts University Art Gallery, 2016. XXIII: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2018. XXIV. Peabody Essex Museum, 2018. XXV. Nordamerika Native Museum, 2019. XXVI. Center for the Study of the Southwest, Texas State University, 2019. XXVII. Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 2019. XXVIII. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2020.

2012 - 2020
97.51 Linear Feet (44 boxes)
Related Names
Peters Projects, LLC
Wilson, Will, 1969-
Language of Materials