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Arnold Newman: Masterclasss is a 2013 exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center which says: "Over the course of nearly seven decades, Arnold Newman (1918-2006) created iconographic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the twentieth century." Also see a video featuring William A. Ewing and an audio tour of the exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. Accessed 2/17

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg is a 2013 exhibit at the Grey Art Gallery which says: "Between 1953 and 1963 he took numerous, often exuberant portraits of himself and his close-knit group of friends -- such as Beat writers William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, and Jack Kerouac. He viewed these prints as casual and unselfconscious "keepsakes" that recorded "certain moments in eternity," and he did not initially exhibit them." Accessed 12/18

Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars was an exhibit held September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. CRMA says: "In the early 1930s, after being introduced to the 35mm Leica camera, Van Vechten began to photograph his large circle of famous friends and acquaintances, including such subjects as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Alfred A. Knopf, Bessie Smith, and Gertrude Stein, usually bust- or half-length poses in front of backdrops. He is perhaps best known for his many portraits of the creative forces of the Harlem Renaissance. Van Vechten remained active, writing and photographing, until his death in 1964." Accessed August, 2016.

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is a 2017 exhibit at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale which says: "Taken over the course of six months at the Bel-Air, California residence of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, the exhibition's photographs are drawn from two series: Closets and Jewels, and 700 Nimes Road. Inspired by William Eggleston's images of Elvis Presley's Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie creates a portrait of Taylor from her personal space and mementos." Also see press release. Accessed 3/17

D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher is a 2017 exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts which says: "The exhibition consists of approximately 75 photographs made from 2015 through 2017. Detroit native and photographer Jenny Risher collaborated with musical artists, producers, and DJ's to create a portrait series telling the influences and legacy of Detroit's legendary hip-hop scene."  Also see news release.  Accessed 9/17

Henry Horenstein, Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music is a 2017 exhibit at the Newport Art Museum which says: "Made between 1972 and 1981, Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, both the title of Horenstein's series and book, includes portraits of country music legends, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, and Mother Maybelle Carter, as well as photographs that record the culture of country music with its performers, honky tonks, and patrons." - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see artist's website   Accessed 8/17

Larry Fink, Somewhere There's Music is a 2017 exhibit at the Newport Art Museum which says: "Organized in celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival, "Somewhere There's Music" at the Newport Art Museum will feature a selection of Larry Fink's jazz photographs featuring legendary artists, such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, and Sarah Vaughn to name a few." - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see artist's website  Accessed 8/17

Marie Constantin: Photos of Mother Teresa is a 2013 exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art which says: "When Mother Teresa was alive, Baton Rouge photographer Marie Constantin was one of two professional photographers in the U.S. who were invited by the Missionaries of Charity to photograph Mother Teresa while traveling through North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, New York and Calcutta."  Accessed 10/18  

Prince from Minneapolis is a 2017 exhibit at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at University of Minnesota which says: "Prince from Minneapolis features work by photographers Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman, all of whom hail from Minneapolis and photographed Prince in his early years, helping to craft and disseminate his now iconic image and identity."  Accessed 1/18

We Had Faces: Stars from Hollywood is a 2017 exhibit at the Columbus Museum - Georgia which says: "The photographs in "We Had Faces!" Stars from Old Hollywood include examples by leading Hollywood photographers such as Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, and Laslo Willinger.... Ranging from 1918 to 1957, the images on view include publicity photographs from classic Hollywood films such as Dinner at Eight and Suspicion, portraits of stars such as Gloria Swanson, Hedy Lamarr, and Gary Cooper, and more candid photographs of 1950s icons James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn." Accessed 1/18

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is a 2010 exhibit at the Akron Art Museum which says: "For the first time as a major museum exhibition, the story of rock and roll is being told from the perspective of the men and women who not only chronicled the genre, but defined it comprehensively - the photographers. Acknowledging both their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music, the exhibition features 163 works of photography and eight videos by over 100 photographers and videographers including Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz and many others." Also see Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present in Wikipedia. Accessed 3/17

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