Exhibition of Important Photographs Captures Life’s Intimate Moments
Yours Truly: Privately Collected Photographs on view at Carnegie Museum of Art through March 10, 2013, includes 46 new promised gifts from the collection of William T. Hillman.
On view for a limited time, Yours Truly: Privately Collected Photographs presents 80 vintage prints by some of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century, including such masters of the medium as Berenice Abbott, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand. Together, these remarkable works comprise a meditation on the nature of love in its many forms.
According to Linda Benedict-Jones, the museum’s curator of photography, “Yours Truly takes us back to another time. Some of the works are iconic and will be immediately recognizable to our visitors. Others are virtually unknown yet breathtaking in their intensely romantic aura.” Whether revealing lovers’ intimate embraces, the sensuality of the female form, the tactile pleasures of the natural world, or the deep bond between family members, Yours Truly’s emotional appeal is as deep as its aesthetic pleasures. A warm and intimate gallery environment, designed especially for the show, envelops visitors in these images.
Forty-six of the photographs on display were recently promised as gifts to Carnegie Museum of Art by William T. Hillman, a collector, artist, and long-time friend of the museum. “Mr. Hillman’s photographs are simply top-notch,” said Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the museum. “They are by some of the most talented photographers of the 20th century, and are all vintage prints. We are most grateful to Mr. Hillman for his promised gifts, and for his continued support of the Photography Department.” The promised gifts represent the work of 28 different artists, 17 of whom are new to the museum’s collection. Yours Truly is dedicated to Mr. Hillman’s parents, Elsie and Henry Hillman.
Earlier this summer, Mr. Hillman promised seven additional works to the museum in connection with the exhibition, Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz. When realized, these gifts will have a transforming effect on the museum’s collection.
Yours Truly: Privately Collected Photographs remains on view through March 10, 2013, providing a rare opportunity for visitors to encounter these classic images firsthand.
Lunch & Learn
To Buy or Not to Buy: That is the Question
Thursday, January 10, 2012
10:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Look at some classic and contemporary photographs with curator Linda Benedict-Jones and consider the factors important to building a photography collection.
$30 ($24 members); Limited to 25 people
Saturday, January 19 and 26 (2 sessions)
11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Photographer Dylan Vitone explores the art of “picturing people” in this two-part photography class. Vitone’s work was featured in the museum’s recent exhibition, Picturing the City: Downtown Pittsburgh 2007—2010.
$48 ($38 members)
The “Marrying” of Food and Wine
Thursday, February 14
Photographs of love and romance in Yours Truly inspire this special evening focusing on the “marrying” of flavors in food and wine. This special evening of art and fine dining includes a multi-course prix fixe dinner with wine pairings.
$122 per person ($110 members); Space is limited.
To register for programs, call 412-622-3288.
Support for this exhibition was provided by the William T. Hillman Fund for Photography. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.