April 5, 2016

Irving Penn Beyond Beauty


Irving Penn is mostly thought of as a fashion photographer, but the retrospective opening on April 15th at the DMA proves he was much more than that. The exhibition, “Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty’ is the first retrospective of his work in more than 20 years. The photographs were curated by Merry Foresta who was the Smithsonian American Art Museum curator of photography from 1983-1999 and the images are part of the museum’s permanent collection.




The exhibition features work from all stages of Penn’s career- street scenes from the 1930’s, celebrity portraits, still lifes, private studio images and fashion images from his work with Vogue. Out of the 146 images on display, 100 are being shown for the first time. Also being shown for the first time are super 8 mm films of Penn in Morocco, made by his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives, that show the artist at work.




The retrospective is on view from April 15th until August 14th. You can join Merry Foresta as she speaks about the presentation on Friday night, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the museum.