Barbara Probst 1

Barbara Probst, Exposure #106: N.Y.C., Broome & Crosby Streets, 04.17.13, 2:29 p.m., 2013
Ultrachrome ink on paper, 22 x 44 in. each panel
Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund

Lewis Hine

Lewis W. Hine
Waiting at the Clinic - Hull House Neighborhood, Chicago, 1910.
Gelatin silver print.
13 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum.
Gift of John Coplans.

Robert Glenn Ketchum

Robert Glenn Ketchum,
CVNRA #866, from the Federal Lands series, 1988.
Cibachrome print. 24 in. x 30 in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum.
Purchased with funds from Kathleen and Gordon Ewers. 

Margaret Bourke-White 1

Margaret Bourke-White, United States Airship "Akron," 1931, gelatin silver print, 17 1/2 in. x 23 1/8 in., Bequest of Barbara Jacobs

Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz
Porch, 1981.
Chromogenic print
19 in. x 15 in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum.
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan.

Walker Evans 1

Walker Evans, Southeast, c. 1936, gelatin silver print, 8 in. x 10 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Blake McDowell, Jr.

Helen Levitt

Helen Levitt
New York, c. 1940 (printed later).
Gelatin silver print.
6 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum.
Gift of the artist. 

Proof: Photographs from the Collection

May 30, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Photographs help create our collective memory. Images from news reportage and photographs that provide social commentary or promote personal agendas all shape how we see our world and alter our view of the past. Are these photographic documents proof of an event or place, or is the artist manipulating us?

Proof features photographs from the Civil War to the present. The exhibition highlights familiar favorites from the collection, including classic documentary photographs by Walker Evans, Lewis Hine and Weegee, as well as major series commissioned by the museum from Lee Friedlander and Robert Glenn Ketchum. Contemporary artists who have filtered these documentary styles to question photographic truth are represented by recent acquisitions by Jennifer Williams, Josh Azzarella and Barbara Probst.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and generously supported by the PNC Foundation and the museum's Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions.

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Related Links:

[ Roger Durbin, "Akron Art Museum celebrates photography collection in 'Proof'" ] [ Anderson Turner, "Exhibit shows power of documentary photos, and depth of Akron Art Museum's collection" ] [ Leann Schneider, "Proof: Capturing the World Through an Inspired Lens," Curatorial Collective ]