Legacy: Photographs from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection features a notable selection of photographs drawn exclusively from the collection of works gifted to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2010 by New York philanthropist and art collector, Emily Fisher Landau.
Working in collaboration with the Whitney Museum, The Aldrich’s exhibition – the second stop of a six-city tour – showcases twenty photographs by seventeen artists, including works by Nan Goldin, Kiki Smith, and Robert Mapplethorpe, along with Aldrich alumni artists Robert Artschwager and Robert Longo, to name a few. Individually, the photographs call attention to the versatility of a medium that can be used in a myriad of experimental and surprising ways; collectively, the pieces are representative of an era of increased photography production in the art world – particularly between 1980 and 2004, when all of the works were made. Many of the photographs on view directly relate to the Museum’s camera obscura, illuminating the link between the contemporary and the history of photography.
Legacy: Photography from The Emily Fisher Landau Collection is organized in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art and is co-curated at The Aldrich by Richard Klein and Alyson Baker.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.