Color Color showcases digital prints and poetry (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, December 11, 2014)
Cincinnati-based artist Bukang Y. Kim takes visitors on Journey at Art Museum (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, December 11, 2014)
'Big Pictures' takes over Cincinnati billboards (The News Record, December 9, 2014)
Cocktails + CAM @ Japps Event (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, December 9, 2014)
Important New Art Film Coming to Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati CityBeat, December 4, 2014)
Cincinnati Art Museum names new Director of Marketing and Communications (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, November 20, 2014)
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