Turn It On Its Head: Rephotographing the Subject

Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Chicago, 1949

About the Exhibition

Turn It On Its Head: Rephotographing the Subject is a group exhibition focusing on the work of international artists who have repeatedly photographed a subject throughout their career.  The exhibition will include an historical section from private collections, the museum’s permanent collection, and that of The Art Institute of Chicago with the work of Walker Evans on the Brooklyn Bridge, Eadweard Muybridge’s documents of human and animal movement, Alfred Stieglitz’s portraits of Georgia O’Keefe, and Edward Weston’s photographs of the bell pepper.  Contemporary works will include Bernd and Hilla Becher’s (Germany) photographs of gas tanks and water towers, Harry Callahan’s (Georgia) portraits of his wife Eleanor, William Christenberry’s (District of Columbia) yearly photograph of select buildings in Hale County, John Coplans’s (New York) study of his body, O. Winston Link’s (New York) photographs of trains, Yosumasa Mormuri’s (Japan) photographs of the sea, Nicholas Nixon’s (Massachusetts) Brown sisters, Cindy Sherman’s (New York) photographs on female stereotypes and “social roles”, and William Wegman’s (New York, Maine) work with his dogs Man Ray and Fay Ray, among other photographers.