This exhibition celebrates a major milestone for the Fitchburg Art Museum. Since the 1980s, FAM has assembled an impressive collection of photography, with important works ranging from the mid-19th century to the present. The main strength of this collection is black-andwhite straight photography by major artists of the 20th century, including Ansel Adams, Carl Chiarenza, Harold Edgerton, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White, Garry Winogrand, and many others.
This great collection, of almost 1,000 photographs, will soon increase by 50%. Dr. Anthony Terrana, a prominent Boston-area art collector, has promised to gift his collection of 500 photographs to our Permanent Collection–the largest gift of artwork by a single donor in FAM’s history. Dr. Terrana’s collection spans the entire history of photography, but with a special emphasis on large-scale, color, 21st-century prints. This will make FAM’s collection, over the next few years, truly comprehensive.
The twenty-four contemporary photographs in People and Places have been selected from the first set of donated prints, and features the breathtaking quality and diversity of the Terrana Collection. This gift now puts an international stamp on FAM’s collection, previously focused largely on American work. Internationally known artists, exhibited here, include Clark and Pougnaud (French), Anastasia Khoroshilova (Russian), Ingar Krauss (German), Tracey Moffatt (Australian), Yasumasa Morimura and Takashi Yasumura (Japanese), and O. Zhang (Chinese). With the exception of Takashi Yasumura’s A Pair of Slippers, these artists are represented by large-scale portraits. Yasumasa Morimura, inspired by Kabuki theater, steps into the artist’s identity by portraying himself as the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. O. Zhang documents a Chinese girl, one of thousands of Chinese children adopted by American families, who poses with her new American father in Daddy and I.
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