American Portrait Photography

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About Face is a 2012 exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum which says: "Arne Svenson, a New York photographer working in collaboration with The Warhol, created a series of portraits on view in the exhibition About Face." Also see About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits. Accessed 3/17

African-American Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 from Brandeis University Libraries. Accessed July, 2015.

Ana Mendieta: Silueta Sangrienta is a 2017 exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art which says: "Between 1974 and 1980 the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) created more than one hundred Siluetas, photographic and filmic records of the "earth-body sculptures" she enacted in Iowa and Mexico. In this Silueta and other early works in the series, Mendieta mobilized her body as actor, site, and space, incorporating it into a variety of natural environments."  Accessed 12/17

Arnold Newman: Masterclass is a 2014 exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum which says: "His metaphorical studies of famous artists, creative professionals, scientists, intellectuals, and statesmen are formally and conceptually balanced compositions. Martha Graham, Philip Johnson, Marilyn Monroe, Grandma Moses, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters." Accessed 10/18  

Benjamin Wittick Native American Historical Photography is a 2018 exhibit at the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art which says: "Wittick's Native American portrait photographs documented a time of transition in the American Indian way of life -- a time when the American government and society were threatening tradition and forcing change. This was a time of confusion over cultural identity, confusion shared by the Native American portrait subject, the photographer, and society as a whole."  Accessed 7/18

Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits is a 2014 exhibit at the Akron Art Museum which says: "Invitation to Stare features many recent acquisitions as well as some classic favorites to view in a new context. Works by 26 photographers including Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Michael Disfarmer, Vivian Maier, Andrea Modica, Abe Frajndlich, Angelo Merendino and Jen Davis entice viewers to consider the relationship between artist and subject as we gaze at the person in the photograph." Accessed 3/17

Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography is a 2012 exhibit held at the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy which says: "Making a Presence explores the multifaceted persona that Day created in his own art and in photographs taken of him by his peers. Including approximately 100 works ranging from Day's self-portraiture, including his Jesus Christ series, to expressive portraits of him by such noted photographers as Frederick Evans, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence White, and Edward Steichen, the exhibition presents a dynamic composite portrait of an iconoclastic, independent artist, and of a man exquisitely expressive of his time." Accessed August, 2015.

MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs tête-à-tête is a 2018 exhibit at the Pomona College Museum of Art  which says: "While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of staging and reappropriation - both of images she has created herself and images she has singled out as influence." Also see artist's website  Accessed 2/18

Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers is a 2015 exhibit at the Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University which says: "Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs made by approaching complete strangers to physically interact with each other while posing for a portrait."  Accessed 8/18 

This Is Not A Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection is a 2017 exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art which says: "This Is Not a Selfie includes some of the most iconic and groundbreaking images in photographic history produced by artists such as Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Alfred Stieglitz, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition traces themes of self-reflection, performance, confrontation, and memory from early nineteenth-century experiments through contemporary digital techniques in sixty-six outstanding photographic self-portraits drawn entirely from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, the most significant collection of the subject in the United States." Accessed 9/17

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection is a 2018 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg which says: "This exhibition features artists who expand the domains of self-portraiture by blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy, artifice and authenticity, and public and private imagery." Accessed 9/18

Who Are We? Identity and the Contemporary Photographic Portrait is a 2017 exhibit at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery which says: "The contemporary photographic portrait, as explored in this exhibition, is diverse, yet tends to incorporate a common thread: the desire to say something about us as people."  Accessed 11/17

Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits is a 2018 exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute which says: "During a career that spanned six decades, photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) created iconic portraits of many of the 20th century's most influential men and women - from fields as diverse as business, medicine, entertainment, politics, and the arts." Accessed 8/18

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