Selected by the curatorial staff of the Department of Photography, Recent Acquisitions: Photography presents some thirty works, most of them acquired over the past year and a half, during which time more than 300 photographs were added to the Museum’s collection.
Recent Acquisitions is installed in the photography gallery for temporary exhibitions, which has been redesigned for greater flexibility and to better accommodate large works. The selection reflects the range of the Museum’s collecting program, presenting major works by Julia Margaret Cameron, John Gutmann, Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Weil, Cindy Sherman, and Doug and Mike Starn. Other works, such as those made in the 1930s by Trude Fleischmann and Arkady Shaikhet, exemplify the evolving rediscovery of photography’s past. About half of the exhibition comprises contemporary works, including pictures by Lois Conner, Bruce Gilden, Jan Groover, John O’Reilly, Eric Rondepierre, and Madoka Takagi.
Organized by Peter Galassi, Director, Department of Photography, with the following members of the staff of the Department of Photography: Nicole Friedler, study center supervisor; Edna Russak Goldstaub, curatorial assistant; Susan Kismaric, curator; and Edward Robinson, Newhall fellow.