Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Salt Lake City, UT




Insight: Women's Photographs from the George Eastman House

March 12 - May 24, 2000


The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of a new travelling exhibition on Sunday March 12, 2000. "Insight: Women's Photographs from the George Eastman House" was organized in 1995 by George Eastman House in honor of women's suffrage. Drawn from the Eastman House's permanent collection, Insight features the work of some of the most important women photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, who document their worlds with vision and compassion.

Photographer Eva Watson-Schutze observed in 1905 that her picture-making was "the symbolical use of objects, form, and color to express ideas." Recently, women's issues in the medium have focused on the self, to bring up issues of aging, sexuality, and self-definition, offering women a sense of power and legitimacy.

The exhibit brings together 55 works by 44 artists from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico, and France. The photographs span 140 years of women's contributions to the field. Insight highlights the work of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Kasebier, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Barbara Kruger, Diane Arbus, and Nan Goldin, among others. (left: Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, 1936, gelatin silver print)

The subjects of the exhibit vary as well; there is no particular theme and, given that the works span almost 150 years, no particular style. Insight, it might be said, presents a cross section of the history of photography, but for this, of course: all the artists are women. From the industrial landscapes of Margaret Bourke-White to the ethnographic and cultural musings of Carrie Mae Weems, the approaches to photography are as limitless as the imaginations of the women who produce them.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UMFA. The public is invited to attend this free event. The exhibit will run through May 24 and will be on display in Gallery 3 at the UMFA.

"Insight: Women's Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection" was organized by the George Eastman House international Museum of Photography and Film with support from Nancy Woodhull, the Freedom Forum, and Susan B. Anthony University Center. This exhibit is generously sponsored by the Zions Bank Women's Financial Group, the Special Exhibitions Council of the UMFA, and Borge B. Andersen & Associates Inc.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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