Images Capture Century Old Societal Changes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Opening in Gallery A of the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion on Jan. 12, 2007 is the exhibit The Photographs of Frank B. Fiske running until May 6. An opening reception that is free to the public will be held Fri., Jan. 19, 2007 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Frank Bennet Fiske (1883 - 1952) spent most of his life in Fort Yates, ND and was closely associated with the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He was raised and lived among the Native Americans and his wife was the great-grand daughter of Chief Forked Horn of the Yanktonaii Sioux. Fiske’s photographs document life along the Missouri River in North and South Dakota. The quality of his images is remarkable given the primitive equipment he utilized and the conditions under which he often worked.
His images capture the Native Americans at the very moment in history when their way of life was rapidly changing around them. Fiske's images capture a unique perspective of social change as it was happening and in a region that traditionally did not garner much exposure. His images show the life on and around the Missouri River and Fort Yates. Fiske's portraits have appeared on postcards and calendars, as well as in exhibitions. Fiske's historic portrait of Red Tomahawk was featured on North Dakota highway markers.
In 1950 Fiske was awarded the North Dakota Art Award. Following his death, his wife of 33 years, Angela oversaw his collection of nearly 7000 images. Later this responsibility fell to their daughter, Francine Fiske Peters. In 1970 the collection was acquired by the State Historical Society of North Dakota through the generosity of the Gold Seal Company. The following year Mrs. Peter donated approximately 1000 original studio prints. This exhibit was made possible by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and through a grant by the Dakota Indian Foundation.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Images are available online at www.washingtonpavilion.org. Choose “general information” and the “media information” link. User name: media Password: photo Title: Fiske photo