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Jonathan Becker: Social Work: Four Decades of Movers, Shakers & Thinkers
October 30, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Huth, Boeing & Salmon Galleries

American photographer Jonathan Becker began contributing to Vanity Fair magazine on the heels of an especially successful solo exhibition in Chelsea in 1981. His portraits of filmmaker Louis Malle and of his mentor and friend Brassaï featured largely in the pages of prototype for the magazine’s relaunch in 1983. Becker’s specialty in portraits, photographed by and large on location, soon became a Vanity Fair staple: Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Kevorkian, Jocelyn Wildenstein, and Martha Graham, as well as countless socialites, artists, and heads of state.

Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide – from the Amazonian jungle, for first-encounter photographs of members of the Yanomami tribe, to Buckingham Palace, for the first photographs showing the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles together. Becker’s association with Vanity Fair continues to this day. Becker has also contributed portraits and reportage to Town & Country, The New Yorker, Vogue, W, The Paris Review, and many other publications.

This exhibition features 45 images of movers, shakers and thinkers taken by Becker between 1976 and 2015, hand selected by the Museum, including artists, authors, fashion designers, socialites, Hollywood celebrities, and more. Organized by HMA.

About Face: Portraits from the Collection
Through November 29, 2020
Adtran, Jurenko & Thurber Galleries

A portrait is typically defined as a representation of a specific individual, such as the artist might meet in life. A portrait does not merely record someone’s features, however, but says something about who he or she is, offering a vivid sense of a real persons’ presence.

The traditions of portraiture in the West extend back to antiquity and particularly to ancient Greece and Rome, where lifelike depictions of distinguished men and women appeared in sculpture and on coins. In the Middle Ages, generic representations were the norm, after which distinctive portrait likenesses began to reappear in Renaissance Europe. This change reflected a new growth of interest in everyday life and individual identity that continued into the mid-twentieth century. In subsequent decades, portraiture was considered to be old-fashioned, but the genre has once again assumed a central role in contemporary art. Today’s artists are increasingly turning to portraiture as a major vehicle for expression, often to address issues of identity, gender, race and class.

Audiences have always been fascinated with the art of portraiture, whether it’s Leonardo’s Mona Lisa or Andy Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn Monroe. About Face: Portraits from the Collection presents a wide variety of portraits from the Museum’s own holdings, spanning over two hundred years in time and encompassing a range of subjects that include nobles and commoners; men and women; and adults and children. Stylistically varied as well, the exhibition features classical portraits, abstractions, and folk art renderings. Look for selections from the Sellars Collection of Art by American Women; an array of antebellum Alabama family portraits; and intriguing contemporary works by regional artists Gaela Erwin, Aron Belka and Pinky Bass, among the highlights.

Huntsville Photographic Society: 2020 Members’ Showcase
Through November 29, 2020
Guild Gallery

An annual juried selection of approximately 50 outstanding photographs by members of the Huntsville Photographic Society, founded in 1964 to promote the art and science of photography in Huntsville and surrounding areas through informative programs, member contests, and special events. This year’s theme is Anticipation. Organized by HMA and the Huntsville Photographic Society.

The Huntsville Photographic Society is an organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of photography in Huntsville and the surrounding area through informative programs, member contests, and special events. The HPS Members’ Showcase is an annual exhibition jointly organized by the Huntsville Photographic Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Hard Earned: The Military Photographs by Stacy Pearsall and the Veterans Portrait Project
August 23 – December 6, 2020
Grisham Gallery

Stacy Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor. She is one of only two women to win the National Press Photographer’s Association Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have won it twice. Though combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall has not let her disabilities hold her back. With her service animal Charlie by her side, she continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. This exhibition presents 35 works highlighting Pearsall’s combat photography as well as selections from her award-winning series, The Veterans Portrait Project. Organized by Syracuse University art Galleries, Syracuse, NY.

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