Palmer Museum to present 'Seriality' photography exhibition

September 12, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The exhibition "Seriality: Photographs from the Permanent Collection" will be on display at the Palmer Museum of Art from Sept. 20-Jan. 15. Photographs are often praised and studied as singular works of art, despite the serial nature of the photographic enterprise. Inspired by a 2008 exhibition titled "More than One: Photographs in Sequence," organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, "Seriality" is drawn from the Palmer Museum of Art’s permanent collection and brings together works from the earliest years of photography to the present.

Among the earlier objects on view will be mid-19th-century stereographs documenting an unfamiliar Western landscape and uncut carte-de-visite sheets featuring sitters trying out multiple poses. Eadweard Muybridge’s proto-filmic documentation from his famed Animal Locomotion series and several Orientalist albumen prints by Felix Bonfils, which were once housed together as part of a travel album, round out the 19th-century works in the exhibition.

The 20th century will be well represented with selections from portrait portfolios by Neal Slavin and Milton Rogovin, serial images by Ana Mendieta documenting an “earth-body” performance, and multiple Polaroids of a single portrait subject by Pop artist Andy Warhol. A striking series of “twin” studies by photographer and plastic surgeon David Teplica (’81 B. Ph., Visual Arts/Science), and stand-alone works by noted contemporary artists Kara Walker and Carrie Mae Weems, which are ultimately best understood as part of larger bodies of work, will also be on view. Surveying a wide terrain, the exhibition highlights photographic processes and artistic projects that are inherently and purposefully serial. 

Last Updated September 12, 2011