Image: Lucas Samaras (American, b. 1936), Adjustment, January 22, 1986, 1986, dye diffusion print collage (Polaroid Polacolor ER), Bequest of Carl M. Jacobs III, 2009.269. © Lucas Samaras
Image: Abel Fletcher (American, 1820–1890), The Greek Slave of Hiram Powers (Frontal View), 1848–1851, daguerreotype, Gift of the Fleischmann Foundation in Memory of Julius Fleischmann, 1998.162
Image: Abel Fletcher (American, 1820–1890), The Greek Slave of Hiram Powers (Rear View), 1848–1851, daguerreotype, Gift of the Fleischmann Foundation in Memory of Julius Fleischmann, 1998.173
Image: Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972), HeVi, Oslo, from the series Hail the Dark Lioness (Somnyama Ngonyama), 2016, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Carl Jacobs Foundation, 2017.71. © Zanele Muholi
Image: Clarence John Laughlin (American, 1905–1985), Untitled (Background Cut-Out), 1940s, gelatin silver print collage, Bequest of Carl M. Jacobs III, 2009.264. © The Clarence John Laughlin Archive at The Historic New Orleans Collection
Image: Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991), “El,” Second and Third Avenue Lines, Bowery and Division Street, Manhattan, from the series Changing New York, April 24, 1936, gelatin silver print, Bequest of Carl M. Jacobs III, 2009.147
January 23–March 25, 2018 | Gallery 212
Photography is very good at making multiples. The capacity to produce many images and many copies of a given picture has raised doubts about photography’s status as a fine art medium throughout its history. Yet photographers of all kinds use series, sequence, combination, repetition and reproduction as potent artistic tools.
Drawn from the Museum’s rich photography collection, Multiple Medium presents rarely-seen treasures and recent acquisitions that illustrate and raise questions about the medium’s relationship with numerousness.