Disfarmer

Mike Disfarmer, Untitled, c. 1940, gelatin silver print, 4 3/4 in. x 3 in., Gift of Richard and Elena Pollack  2007.238

The Painter Heinrich Hoerle

August Sander, The Painter Heinrich Hoerle, 1929 (printed 1974), gelatin silver print, 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in., Gift of Steven Miller  2009.142

Hidden Rooms 1

Loretta Lux, Hidden Rooms 1, 2001, ilfochrome print 9 x 9 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund  2004.6

Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C.

Diane Arbus, Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962 (printed later), gelatin silver print, 14 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Schwartz  1983.7

Lella, Bretagne 1948

Édouard Boubat, Lella, Bretagne 1948, 1948, gelatin silver print, 13 3/8 in. x 9 5/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Kenneth G. Futter  1986.72

Untitled from The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer

Angelo Merendino, Untitled from The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer , April 25, 2011 (printed 2013), inkjet print, 16 x 24 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund and partial gift of the artist  2013.38

Jen Davis

Jen Davis, Untitled No. 16 , 2005 (printed 2012), archival pigment print, 17 5/8 in. x 22 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2012.2

Installation of Invitation to Stare

Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits, installation view, Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery, 2014, Photo by Joe Levack/Studio Akron

Invitation to Stare: Photographic Portraits

February 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Photographers have used their cameras to explore the faces of friends, loved ones, passing strangers, cultural icons and themselves since the nineteenth-century beginnings of photography. Portraits are meant to document individuals, but do these images tell us more about the sitter or the person behind the lens?

Invitation to Stare features many recent acquisitions as well as some classic favorites to view in a new context. Works by 26 photographers including Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Michael Disfarmer, Vivian Maier, Andrea Modica, Abe Frajndlich, Angelo Merendino and Jen Davis entice viewers to consider the relationship between artist and subject as we gaze at the person in the photograph.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by an anonymous donation.

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