CU Art Museum - Primal Seen

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Philippe Halsman, American (1906-1979)
Marilyn Entering Closet, 1952 from the portfolio “Halsman/Marilyn” 1981 gelatin silver print 14 x 11 inches
Gift of the Marjorie Neikrug Gallery, New York, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder Photo: CU Art Museum © Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos, NY

Primal Seen

SEPTEMBER 7–JUNE 22, 2013 

Primal Seen 
Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of Photography from the 19th Century to the Present

The exhibition features selections from the museum’s collection of over 1300 photographs highlighting themes including remembrance and memory, the gaze and the female body, and 19th century tropes as they are referenced in the works of contemporary artists. Artists featured in the exhibition include Sama Alshaibi, E.J. Bellocq, Michael Bishop, Kate Breakey, Albert Chong, Linda Connor, Judy Dater, Jeanne Dunning, Ralph Gibson, Judith Golden, Philippe Halsman, Robert Heinecken, Mary Ellen Mark, Esther Parada, Laura Shill, Lou Stoumen, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, and George Woodman. The exhibition also includes 19th century hand-colored photographs, cartes de visite, stereoscopic albumen prints, ambrotypes, and daguerreotypes.

Judy Dater, American (b. 1941)
Twinka 1970 gelatin silver print 12 ¾ x 10 inches
Purchase from the Artist, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder 86.1760 Photo: CU Art Museum © Judy Dater 1970

Curated by Melinda Barlow, Associate Professor in the Film Studies Program and Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm
Primal Seen Revealed:
a gallery talk and tour by co-curator Melinda Barlow

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