The Art of the Feminine - In Her Eyes: Women Behind and in Front of the Camera Opens at Newark Museum

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An exhibition featuring photographs by women who examine female identity in their work.

Sally Mann Jessie as Madonna (Diptych, Part II) 1990 Gelatin silver enlargement print 20 1/16 x 24 in Purchase 2004 The Members' Fund 2004.83B

The level of trust, confidence and integrity demonstrated between artist and subject provides a unique insight into the subjects’ lives.

The portrayal of girls and women through the lenses of female photographers are explored in the exhibition In Her Eyes: Women Behind and in Front of the Camera, opening at the Newark Museum on Sept. 12.

Drawn from the Museum’s extensive photography collection, the works in this exhibition range from the mid-twentieth century to contemporary by such well-known artists as Cindy Sherman, Sally Mann, Dorothea Lange, Lalla Essaydi and Ana Mendieta. In these photographs, young girls and women are seen in situations and moments that provide a particular insight into the lives and experiences of women and girls across time and societies. The show also includes snapshots by anonymous photographers that share similar themes to the other identified photographs, and convey the same bonding process that the photographer has with the sitter.

The photographs exhibited are primarily black and white gelatin silver prints, but some color Chromogenic prints are included.

The female subjects represent a range of cultures and contexts, and the images reveal a process of positioning and staging that was negotiated with the photographer. The sitters posed dressed up, partially exposed or completely covered. Some altered their appearance by emphasizing their femininity or by cross-dressing. Others are depicted in their day-to-day lives while in other cases a silhouette becomes a new form of identity.

The level of trust, confidence and integrity demonstrated between artist and subject provides a unique insight into the subjects’ lives. This intimate collaboration evokes notions of veiling, masquerading, role-playing, and identity alterations — elements that strongly resonate throughout this exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Shlomit Dror, American Art Research Associate, at the Newark Museum and will run through April 2013. For more information, visit the Museum’s web site,

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Newark Residents and Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site,

Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State — a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the new NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station. Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.

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