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Between Background and Foreground

January 20 - August 7, 2022
In Education Hallway

Between Background and Foreground

January 20 - August 7, 2022
In Education Hallway

Last fall, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photograph Grandma Ruby’s Refrigerator was the centerpiece for incoming students’ conversations about identity, place, and social change in the exhibition Shared Art. This spring, the conversations continue with a selection of images from the AMAM collection of American photography. From Lewis Hine’s portrait of Pittsburgh steelworkers in the early 20th century to a still life by Nan Goldin taken in the first days of quarantine in 2020, the exhibition probes how and why artists have captured personal experiences and larger social narratives in their photography.

Artists represented

Nan Goldin, Lewis Hine, Margaret Bourke-White, James Van Der Zee

Organized by

Lucy Haskell ’20

Curatorial Assistant in Academic Programs

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