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UNM Art Museum Print Collection 1PM (Print Viewing/Discussion)


Saturday, November 03 - 1:00PM to 2:00PM
UNM Art Museum, Print Viewing Room (Upper Gallery)

Portraiture: Identity, Performance, and the Camera

Since the nineteenth-century, photographers have used the medium as a method to visualize identity. Using strategies of performance, portraits present human bodies as frameworks to understand and represent cultural conceptions of self and other. Museum collections are pictorial archives that represent how different cultural moments have yielded specific conventions for photographic portraiture and identity-formation. In the twenty-first century, when the politics of representation reveal both the opportunities and limitations of cultural visibility, we must consider: what does inclusion and representation mean in the context of a collection?  Further, how do these considerations map onto issues within our contemporary culture?

This event is an opportunity for students and faculty to explore the University of New Mexico Art Museum's large collection of photographs in an informal setting. In this program, students and faculty will have access to the work of eighteen photographers working in a variety of different formats, styles, and periods. Participants will then have an opportunity to meet in small groups to discuss thematic links amongst the works on view. Finally, there will be a full group discussion about broad ideas that run throughout the entire selection of portraits  from the collection.

Limited to the first 20 people to sign up on site during conference check in, starting Friday, Nov. 2 at 3 pm at CFA Downtown.

Works on display:

Richard Misrach, "Saguaro #3" 1975, toned gelatin silver 

Graciela Iturbide, "Mujer Angel, Sonoran Desert, Mexico" 1979, gelatin silver 

Edward S. Curtis, "Acoma Water Girls" 1904, photogravure 

Anne Noggle, "Myself as a Pilot" 1982, gelatin silver 

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990, gelatin silver 

Anne Noggle, "The Gay Divorcee" 1979, gelatin silver 

Harry Callahan, "Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago" 1953, gelatin silver 

Larry Clark, Untitled (couple making love on the backseat of a car) 1972, gelatin silver 

Weegee, "Policeman pulling woman away from a dead man" c.1940, Ferrotyped gelatin silver 

Joel-Peter Witkin, "Corpus Medius" 2000, toned gelatin silver 

Danny Lyon, "Billy McClune in Isolation, Wynne Unit, Huntsville, Texas" 1969, gelatin silver 

Carl Van Vechten, "Claude Merchant, dancer, choreographer, actor" 1947, gelatin silver 

Morrison Studio, "C.W. Allison in Blackface" c.1880-1889, albumen print 

Edward S. Curtis, "Sia Buffalo Mask" 1925, photogravure 

Diane Arbus, "Hermaphrodite and Dog in Carnival Trailer, Md." 1970, printed 1975, gelatin silver 

Cindy Sherman, Untitled (Mrs. Claus) 1990, color coupler print 

Nick Nixon, "Self Portrait" 1973, gelatin silver 

Carl Van Vechten, "Adele Addison, lyric soprano" 1955, gelatin silver 

Doris Ullman, Untitled (black woman with basket on head) c.1927, platinum print 

Adam Clark Vroman, "The American Indian Souvenir Playing Cards" 1900, offset photolithograph playing cards


Mary Statzer
Mary Statzer
Nick  Simko
Nick Simko

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