Mike Disfarmer, Untitled, c. 1940, gelatin silver print, 4 3/4 in. x 3 in., Gift of Richard and Elena Pollack 2007.238
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
Loretta Lux, Hidden Rooms 1, 2001, ilfochrome print 9 x 9 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2004.6
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
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
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, 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
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
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.