Cincinnati Wing Pre-Civil War Galleries Re-Open Aug. 1 (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, July 27, 2015)
More Eastern treasures in Eden Park: Masterpieces of Japanese Art extended through Jan. 3 (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, July 23, 2015)
New special feature Unknown Elements ignites the imagination (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, July 20, 2015)
Visitors can watch Cincinnati Art Museum conservator restore bronze sculpture, starting July 7 (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, June 25, 2015)
Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Update (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, June 3, 2015)
Cincinnati Art Museum announces new permanent gallery: The Nancy and David Wolf Gallery (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, June 1, 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