Two artists' passions for history, photography and people are set to receive center-stage treatment at one regional museum.

The "In Conversation with Will Wilson and Edward Curtis: Art for a New Understanding — Native Voices, 1950s to Now" photo exhibit can be seen Saturday through Feb. 12 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way in Bentonville. The free exhibit features work from contemporary photographer Will Wilson and early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis.

Wilson's photographs present an authentic, 21st-century depiction of indigenous culture, while Curtis traveled throughout the western United States from 1907-30 to photograph traditions and cultures of Native American individuals and families, said Mindy Besaw, curator for Crystal Bridges. The exhibit can be seen during regular museum hours, which are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 11 am. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

"There are 34 photographs in this exhibit; 17 photographs by each artist," Besaw said. "Some of Will Wilson's photographs are 50 inches tall, in a large format. We're looking at 50X40, so those will be great to see."

Wilson, a Santa Fe-based Navajo who calls the Diné tribe his heritage, was recently featured on the popular "CBS This Morning" TV show and epitomizes the term collaborative artist, she said. Wilson is known for encouraging his subjects to choose their own clothing, props and poses for the photographs, Besaw said.

"With some of Will Wilson's work, there's an added element of augmented reality here, which is unique," she said. "Will Wilson also took video of his subjects, so if you download a free app on your phone and hold the phone in front of the photographs, the subjects make sounds and speak.

"There's a sound of jingles from clothing, and there's another that is a spoken-word piece," Besaw added. "These literally bring living Native American contemporary people to us."

Wilson is known for using an early photographic process known as the collodian process, which utilizes a wet plate and a coat of chemicals to develop photographs on-site, she said.

"Mr. Wilson then gives the original photo to the subject, so you have that relationship and that exchange there," Besaw said. "Will Wilson really sets himself apart in these photograph sessions."

Will Wilson also will conduct his Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) Project from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the museum. This event will include Wilson photographing individuals and developing those photographs on-site. A panel discussion with Wilson and others will follow from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the museum.

When recently asked by CBS why he employs the collodian photo process, Wilson said it was partly "in response to a photographer named" Edward Curtis, according to CBSNews.com.

"In some ways, it's a response to that idea that somehow Native Americans have gone on, that we're located in this historical moment. What I wanted to say was that Native Americans are still here, we're resurgent, we're doing kind of exciting, creative, important things," Wilson told CBS.

Like Wilson, Edward Curtis "was interesting," Besaw said.

"Edward Curtis was a man of his time, traveling all over and visiting Native American people," she said. "He had a photography studio in Seattle but he went west of the Missouri River to visit various tribes of people from 1907 to 1930.

"He had a real particular way in how the subjects posed and what they wore," Besaw added of Curtis. "In Will's photographs, we see that countered, showing that life continues while many traditions remain."

Those needing information can call (479) 418-5700 or visit CrystalBridges.org and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Facebook page.

"The photographs in this exhibit will help all of our visitors see Curtis Edwards anew and help the visitors get to really know Will Wilson," Besaw said. "Will is a really interesting contemporary photographer. 

"I think those visiting will be struck by the beauty of these photographs," she added. "It's a small but beautiful show with incredible images, and despite this broad range of time when these photographs were taken — 100 years — the photographs really speak to each other. The compelling faces in these photographs really pull you in."