The Addison Gallery of American Art has opened its spring exhibition season with "Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography."
"In Character: Artists' Role Play in Photography and Video," designed to be viewed in concert with the Day exhibition also has opened, and "Life Lines: The Art of Elizabeth Enders," featuring paintings and works on paper, opened on April 28 to complete the launch of the spring season, available through July.
The Addison Gallery is on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, accessible from Chapel Avenue, and it is open, for free, to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Monday. Admission to all exhibitions and events is free. The Addison Gallery also offers free education programs for teachers and groups. For more information, call 978-749-4015, or visit the website addisongallery.org
"The Addison has always been home to an extraordinary collection of photography, and it is with great pleasure that we present the historic work of Massachusetts native and internationally respected photographer F. Holland Day," said Brian T. Allen, the Mary Stripp & R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison. "We are also pleased to be presenting In Character, an exhibition of contemporary artists that similarly examines the artistic use of props and costume."
Allison Kemmerer, Scott Mead Curator of Photography and of Art after 1950, said, "Together these two exhibitions provide an invaluable context in which to examine the rich and long-lived tradition of theatrical masquerade and self-portraiture in photography. Viewed separately or in conjunction with one another, both shows are a 'must-see' for photography devotees and casual observers alike."
More from Addison about the exhibits
Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography
Boston photographer F. Holland Day (1864-1933) first distinguished himself in literary circles—as a critic, bibliophile, and co-founder of the progressive publishing firm Copeland and Day. But by the turn of the century, he had established an international reputation as a leading Pictorialist photographer, striving to gain acceptance for photography as a fine art.
Making a Presence explores the multifaceted persona that Day created in his own art and in photographs taken of him by his peers. Including approximately 100 works ranging from Day's self-portraiture, including his Jesus Christ series, to expressive portraits of him by such noted photographers as Frederick Evans, Gertrude Ké§sebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence White, and Edward Steichen, the exhibition presents a dynamic composite portrait of an iconoclastic, independent artist, and of a man exquisitely expressive of his time. Making a Presence is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue of the same name, authored by guest curator Trevor Fairbrother.
Terms of naming opportunities must adhere with the Town of Andover Lease Agreement, and are expected to continue for a period of 10 years. The exhibition and publication have been generously supported by the Winton Family Exhibitions Fund, Nancy B. Tieken, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., the William E. Weiss Foundation, Richard and Terry Albright, and by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
In Character: Artists' Role Play in Photography and Video
Featuring the work of contemporary artists, Kalup Linzy, Yasumasa Morimura, Laurel Nakadate, Tomoko Sawada, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Gillian Wearing, this exhibition explores the ways in which artists continue to build on the tradition of performance within photography and video. Referencing pop culture, art, and history, and appropriating such mainstream visual traditions as studio portraiture, the photographic album, and TV and video, these artists use masquerade and role play to explore themes of individual and cultural identity as well as issues regarding gender and racial stereotyping. For each of these artists, slipping in and out of characters before the camera offers an opportunity to explore and redefine him or herself and challenge the ways in which identities have been commonly represented, understood, and in many cases overlooked. Investigating the theme of individual identity as it exists within the context of larger societal pressures and cultural norms, In Character provides thought provoking insight into the elusive nature of personality in our changing world.
In Character is presented in collaboration with Harvard Art Museums and has been generously supported by the Mollie Bennett Lupe and Garland M. Lasater Exhibitions Fund and the Winton Family Exhibition Fund.
Life Lines: The Art of Elizabeth Enders
Featuring paintings and works on paper by Elizabeth Enders ranging in date from the early 1970s to the present, this exhibition focuses on the artist's ongoing interest in language and mark making in objects that are both referential and abstract. The works in the show, including a core group from the Addison's permanent collection, reveal the artist's expressive integration of the verbal and visual, in large paintings that fuse gesture and ciphers into abstracted landscapes of meaning and smaller collages and drawings, often in series, that engage calligraphic signs and marks to propose a provocative language of the imagination.
In the adjacent galleries, as a complement to the Enders exhibition, is "Lines of Action," showing modern and contemporary works selected from the Addison's collection that further explore the power of line and mark making in all their varied manifestations.