The Truth is Not in the Mirror at Haggerty Museum of Art
Sammy, Atlantic City, photo by Will Steacy, courtesy the artist.
Photography as a medium has always been actively concerned with describing identity. While a portrait is typically an artistic representation of a person where verisimilitude is the goal, here the inquiry is questioned and expanded. Rather than employing a camera to create an objective document, the artists in this exhibition are often involved in constructing narrative sequences that pose questions with open-ended outcomes. As the title, The Truth is Not in the Mirror… suggests, photography has the power to imply, construct, and/or deny a narrative. Many of the photographers are contemporary story tellers and, in this sense, their work reflects facets of our ever-changing precepts about family, identity, truth and fiction.
The artists in the exhibition: Tina Barney, Claire Beckett, Valerie Belin, Dawoud Bey, Jesse Burke, Kelli Connell, Michael Corridore, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Jason Florio, Andy Freeberg, Lee Friedlander, David Hockney, Nikki S. Lee, Graham Miller, Martin Parr, Thomas Ruff, The Sartorialist, Alec Soth, Larry Sultan, Mickalene Thomas and Aperture Commissioned Green Cart artists LaToya Ruby Frazier and Will Steacy.
Wednesday, March 9 Lecture – Photographers Kelli Connell and Will Steacy 6pm
Exhibition on view through May 22, 2011
Haggerty Museum of Art,
Marquette University 13th and Clybourn streets