In relation to the theme of "Religion, Ritual, and Performance," this exhibition presents images of individuals who make their living in the performing arts field. Nearly 60 prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings from the AMAM collection are included, ranging from the 18th through the 20th centuries. While some of the works depict the performers at their trade, others capture behind-the-scenes glimpses of the subjects and their off-stage personas. Featured are images of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas and café-concert entertainers by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, celebrity headshots by Edward Steichen, Japanese woodblock prints of Kabuki actors, and photographs of rock-and-roll legends from Ernest Withers's portfolio The Memphis Blues Again.
This exhibition was curated by Denise Birkhofer, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, with assistance from Georgia Horn (OC '12).
Dec. 6, 4:30 pm— Professor of Dance Ann Cooper Albright will present “Modern Gestures: Abraham Walkowitz Draws Isadora Duncan Dancing.” (Moffett Auditorium, Mudd 050)
Ernest C. Withers (American, 1922 – 2007)
James Brown at the Mid-South Coliseum, from the portfolio The Memphis Blues Again, 1965
Gelatin silver print
Art Object Sales Fund, 2004.7.9