CAM brings the art of Robert S. Duncanson and other masterpieces online with the Google Cultural Institute (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, February 1, 2016)
CAM to present powerful African-American art and community conversations in 30 Americans (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, January 27, 2015)
Cincinnati Art Museum acquires important Hudson River School painting and major figurative glass sculpture (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, January 14, 2016)
Cincinnati Art Museum to showcase The Etching Revival from Daubigny to Twachtman Feb 13–May 8, 2016 (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, December 30, 2015)
CAM opens more galleries than ever before (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, December 17, 2015)
Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert showcases beauty, mystery of nature (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, September 16, 2015)
March 22, 2014 to June 22, 2014
With the popularity of camera phones, more and more people regularly take pictures of themselves, their loved ones, and their friends. Almost all of us are now portraitists. Yet the photographs in this display remind us that great artists can bring something special to the task of capturing a personality on film. They do much more than simply record faces.
These photographs from the Art Museum collection, which were taken across nearly the whole of the twentieth century, possess distinct compositional characteristics. Some are close-ups; some are formal, even a little rigid; others capture spontaneous action. Does a portrait photograph tell us more about the subject or the photographer? When the subjects are themselves artists who have thought hard about their public image, this collaboration provides a special opportunity to reflect upon how a portrait comes into being.
Image: Barbara Morgan (American, 1900–1992), Merce Cunningham—Root of the Unfocus, 1944, gelatin silver print, The Albert P. Strietmann Collection, 1980.102. © Barbara Morgan, Barbara Morgan Archives