Bogdan Dziworski and The Family of Man
Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Bogdan Dziworski and The Family of Man

Please join us for a special walkthrough of two important exhibitions.

Dziworski is an award-winning Polish filmmaker, cinematographer, director and photographer. His short and poignant film documentaries are often written without dialog. Dziworski's photographic work leads the post-war Polish movement, capturing poetic scenes from the lives of ordinary people. This is the first U.S. exhibition of his photographic works of Bogdan Dziworski. In 1965 Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote to Dziworski "I enjoy your photographs, their liveliness, freshness, frankness. I sincerely hope to meet you one day." Bogdan turned down Henri's invite to become a member of Magnum, as his focus was on film making. 


The Family of Man is the most widely seen exhibition in the history of photography. First shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955, the exhibition traveled throughout the United States and to 46 countries, and was seen by more than nine million people. Edward Steichen conceived, curated, and designed the exhibition. He explained its subject as "the everydayness of life" and "the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world." The exhibition was a statement against war and the conflicts and divisions that threatened a common future for humanity after 1945. Duncan Miller Gallery presents an extremely rare group of original photographs from this exhibition made from the original negatives in 1954.

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European Photography from Between the Wars: Photographs from the collection of Andrew Schwartz
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

European Photography from Between the Wars: Photographs from the collection of Andrew Schwartz

Please join us for a special exhibition tour with collector and PAC member Andrew Schwartz.

Curated from the collection of Andrew Schwartz, this exhibition focuses on the Surrealism, Dada and the “New Objectivity” movements which began after World War I. These artists, such as Alfred Ehrhardt, Albert Ranger-Paztsch and Ernst Fuhrmann, retreated from pure abstraction towards utilization of more recognizable imagery in the service of direct social commentary

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Deanna Lawson: Planes and Meret Oppenheim and Friends
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Deanna Lawson: Planes and Meret Oppenheim and Friends

Join us for a special exhibition tour of Deanna Lawson: Planes. Following the walkthrough we will then move to nearby gallery Karma International to view their exhibition Meret Oppenheim and Friends: Cadavre Exquis. 

Lawson makes portraits of black people in “South Carolina, Swaziland, Jamaica, and Soweto, South Africa; as well as around the artist’s own Brooklyn neighborhood.” But she does more than that. She confronts viewers with a complex, densely layered, multifaceted vision of black identity, as embodied by strangers and neighbors alike, with whom she has established an intense rapport, however brief.

Meret Elisabeth Oppenheim (6 October 1913 – 15 November 1985) was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.

Karma International is located at 4619 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles 90016, a six minute drive from the Underground Museum. Street parking at both locations.

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Looking At Photographs, Lately, With Bill Hunt
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Looking At Photographs, Lately, With Bill Hunt

W.M. Hunt - Bill - is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. He teaches, writes, looks at many, many pictures and loves to talk about them. BIll will bring us up to date on his recent travels to photography fairs and festivals from Sao Paolo to Shanghai, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Hamburg, London and Arles. He will share with us his current fascination with collecting American groups in photographs, his interest in self-publishing, and how he sees collecting photography in 2019. Please join us at this intimate and special mid-week gathering at a private home in Silverlake. It is bound to be a very special evening.

Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood. We encourage carpooling or ride services. Address will be sent upon rsvp.


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Christopher Thomas: Lost in LA
Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

Christopher Thomas: Lost in LA

Please join us for a special walkthrough with the artist.

Christopher Thomas (Germany, b. 1961) refers to the photographs from his various series as city-portraits, documenting the architectural personality of iconic urban centers with the detail and aesthetic of classical large-format portraiture. Through long exposure times and his exclusive use of large-format Polaroid Type-55 film, Thomas is able to achieve remarkable clarity and a dramatic, ethereal mood in his images. By photographing in the middle of the night or early morning, Thomas captures these often-crowded locales completely devoid of human presence allowing the viewer to focus on the unique structural character of each culture. In addition to works portraying Los Angeles, prints from his previous studies of Paris, Venice and New York City will also be on view.

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Alejandro Cartagena: Presence. Special pre-opening walkthrough with the artist
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Alejandro Cartagena: Presence. Special pre-opening walkthrough with the artist

Join us for a special pre-opening private walkthrough with the artist.

Cartagena explains his process and conceptual approach; “Through a meticulous and potentially failure-prone process, I am stripping these physical images from their direct representations by removing figures to create unique cutout silver gelatin prints. The result is a photographic structure that emerges from within the image and speaks to how we build what we see in most photographs. The photographic medium has used format, material, aesthetic and lighting structures to create a standard version of ourselves. Everything feels the same and what is left is a cultural construct of how we have built our identities through images. These new representations also connotate larger issues in my Latin America, where we have become ‘no one’ in the midst of our social and political crisis. In the end, it seems anyone can disappear, and no one will ever give us answers.”

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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Jan
12
2:00 PM14:00

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Please join us for a special walkthrough with exhibition Assistant Curator Mazie Harris.

The first major travelling survey of the artist’s career, this exhibition explores how Sally Mann’s relationship with the American South has shaped her work. Experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs—many never before shown—reveal how she probes themes of family, mortality, and the landscape as a repository of personal and collective memory. Asking powerful questions about history, identity, race, and religion, the exhibition demonstrates how the legacy of the South continues to permeate American identity.

Limited to 25 members. Confirmed RSVPs will be notified as to parking arrangements and meeting place.

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Gallery Talk with Dennis Reed and Tom Jimmerson
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

Gallery Talk with Dennis Reed and Tom Jimmerson

Photo-conceptualism, Photorealism and the Adjacencies of Photography: A Gallery Talk with Dennis Reed and Tom Jimmerson

Please join us for this exciting conversation and exhibition walkthrough followed by lunch at Guelaguetza, a Jonathan Gold-recommended Oaxacan restaurant near the gallery.

PAC·LA board member Dennis Reed will talk about his current exhibition of photographs, entitled Police Culture, followed by a discussion of conceptual art, photorealism, and their relationship to photography with gallery director, Tom Jimmerson.

Jimmerson, a veteran fixture of the LA art scene, was the former owner/director of Cardwell Jimmerson Fine Arts in Culver City, a gallery that focused on conceptual art, as does As-is.LA Gallery. Reed is best known as an educator, historian and curator, and this exhibition will be a surprise for those who have never seen his photographs. Jimmerson says, “photo-conceptualism and photo-realism stand today, and with the advantage of hindsight, as powerful, if implicit, critiques of photography. Reed’s photographs question the truthfulness of photography, the limits of our individual perception, and our relentless need to assign meanings to images.”

$37 per person including lunch - limited to 20 people

Image: Dennis Reed, #25 Bodycam, 2017

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Alan Berro Private Collection Visit
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Alan Berro Private Collection Visit

Please join us for a visit to the home of Alan Berro to tour his collection. Alan is passionate about photography and his collection includes images by David Hockney, William Christenberry, Lee Friedlander, Catherine Wagner, and Richard Misrach. His home is also extraordinary. It was built in 1907 and was the second home to be built in the flats of Beverly Hills.

This event is limited to 25 members. The address and parking details will be sent upon receipt of RSVP.

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Yuri Boyko: Transience
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Yuri Boyko: Transience

Transience, an exhibition of new work by Ukranian-American artist Yuri Boyko, came about as a series eliciting passing moments. Moments in time,moments evoking the senses or our memories. Something that we can’t put a finger on exactly: a vague recollection, a dissipating trail of a scent, or a dreamt scene that doesn’t make sense and leaves us puzzled about the seen imagery. Or, to the contrary: a sharp, clear, but short-lived physical, mental, or psychic event that, in spite of its duration, stays with us for a long time. The series is juxtaposing uncertainty of interpretation to active manifestation.

Yuri Boyko is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. His studio is located in Hollywood, but his ideas are influenced by a far wider world. His work has been shown in the US and in Europe and is a recent recipient of the Art On The Outside award for a public art in the City of West Hollywood. He was selected for Short List of Artisti Primiati (Top Artist) at the V Biennale of Contemporary Art in Genoa, Italy and Artist Residency at the Center for Research and Creativity Casmarles in Barcelona, Spain. Boyko received partial Grant Award for Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT and Quick Grant Award through Creative Capacity Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles. Boyko was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and attended British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow.

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Andrew Moore - Dirt Meridian
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

Andrew Moore - Dirt Meridian

Please join us for a special exhibition tour with the artist.

American photographer Andrew Moore (born 1957) is widely acclaimed for his photographic series, usually taken over many years, recording the effects of time on the natural and built landscape. The “Meridian” of the title of this series refers to the 100th meridian, the longitude that neatly bisects the country and has long been considered the dividing line between the fertile green East and dry brown West of the United States. Much of the meridian traverses America’s “flyover country," those remote and sparsely populated landscapes with a long history of repeated drought and failed dreams. Set within the context of that harsh backdrop, the photographs not only portray the land itself but also reflect upon the modern-day challenges posed to those who live there.

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Leon Borenszstein - it's so fucking lonely here AND Don McCullin
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Leon Borenszstein - it's so fucking lonely here AND Don McCullin

  • Little Big Man Gallery and Hauser & Wirth (map)
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Please join us for an exhibition walkthrough with the artist Leon Borenszstein of it's so fucking lonely here, a series of images that document life with his disabled daughter over 30 years. Sharon, Borensztein's daughter, is legally blind, prone to seizures, and diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia. By the time Sharon turned 15, her mother was unable to care for her due to drugs and alcohol, tasking Borensztein with raising their severely-disabled daughter by himself. The series investigates life with chronic illness from a familial perspective, as well as the harsh realities faced by disabled women today. Click here to read a review of the exhibition in the LA Times.

We will then head to Hauser & Wirth in the Arts District for a tour of their exhibition by British photographer Sir Don McCullin, CBE, including a selection of his acclaimed images of war from around the world and societal upheaval in his home country. This show is a prelude to McCullin’s forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain in 2019, which will be the museum’s first survey for a living photographer. The majority of works on view are limited-edition platinum prints, created through a special photographic process that delivers a particularly wide range of tones unattainable in more conventional gelatin silver prints.

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Off The Wall: Collectors Show and Discuss Their Photographs
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Off The Wall: Collectors Show and Discuss Their Photographs

PAC·LA invites its members to join us for a small group print sharing event.

Bring one photograph from your collection (not your own work, please) and share some information about the piece, the artist, and the story of how you acquired it. Professor/Collector/Curator Dennis Reed will lead and moderate the conversation.

We’d like to include ten pieces in this salon-style gathering. If we have more interest than we can accommodate presenters will be selected by random lottery.

Attendance is limited to 20 members in total. Please indicate in your RSVP whether you will bring a print to share. No guests please.

Photo © Penti Sammallahti

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GROUNDED: John Divola and Zoe Crosher
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

GROUNDED: John Divola and Zoe Crosher

Join us for a special exhibition walkthrough with curator Colin Westerbeck.

GROUNDED, John Divola and Zoe Crosher Approach LAX from Different Directions – is about the work of two prominent Southern Californian photographers: John Divola and Zoe Crosher. Each has done a major project very different from the other’s, but with a common theme: LAX.

Done 30 years apart, the two projects are very different in approach and look, which is why the two are astute commentaries not only on the history of LAX, but on the history of photography itself.

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Visit to California Museum of Photography, Riverside
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Visit to California Museum of Photography, Riverside

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Please join us for a visit to the newly reopened California Museum of Photography in Riverside. We will meet Sheila Bergman, Executive Director of UCR Arts and Leigh Gleason, Director of Collections, for a private tour of the museum's permanent collection and the exhibition A Handful of Dust.

We'll then walk over to the historic Mission Inn for a buffet lunch. $32 per person prepaid includes gratuity. No refunds after July 14.

The California Museum of Photography is the largest, most diverse photographic resource in the western United States. It's permanent collection encompasses the cultural, artistic, and technological histories of photography, and is comprised of approximately 750,000 photographs, negatives, cameras, archival materials, and publications. Highlights include the Keystone-Mast Collection, considered the world's largest stereoscopic archive, and the second largest public collection of cameras in the country.

A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction, and natural disasters, to urban decay, domestic dirt, and forensics, via abstraction and conceptual art. The exhibition features works by over 30 artists and photographers including John Divola, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Mona Kuhn, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Sophie Ristelhueber, Aaron Siskind, Shomei Tomatsu, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington alongside magazine spreads, press photos, postcards, and film clips.

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János Vető, A Discussion with the Artist
Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

János Vető, A Discussion with the Artist

Please join us for an in-gallery discussion with the Hungarian avant-garde photographer János Vető, who will speak about his collaboration with the Hungarian performance artist Tibor Hajas.

Vető's images and videos are included in PROMOTE TOLERATE BAN, Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary, currently on view at the Wende Museum in Culver City. PAC•LA is proud to be a sponsor of János' visit here to Los Angeles to discuss these important works.

Vető is a photographer, fine artist, poet and filmmaker, and considered a significant figure of the Hungarian underground of the 1970s and 80s. His photos and videos have been featured in exhibitions worldwide, most recently in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 and in With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies at Elisabeth Dee In New York.

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RESCHEDULED: Mariana Yampolsky: Photographs from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jul
14
12:00 PM12:00

RESCHEDULED: Mariana Yampolsky: Photographs from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Join us for a special walkthrough of this intimate display of 37 pieces with curator Eve Schillo of this On-Site Partnership between LACMA and the Vincent Price Art Museum.

Mexican photographer Mariana Yampolsky (1925–2002) captured the beauty and desolation of Mexico and its history. American born, she moved to Mexico at the age of 19 and built an artistic practice honoring the cultural, natural, and architectural elements that fed her spiritually and inspired her to become a Mexican citizen. Combining a straightforward photo-documentary style with a poetic approach, Yampolsky has described her gaze as matching her imagery—precise and delicate, never overtly strident and always respectful.

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Talk to Me - Group Exhibition
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

Talk to Me - Group Exhibition

Please join us for a visit and conversation with gallerist Tarrah Von Lintel to view and discuss a special exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of her gallery. “Talk to Me” is an expansive four-room salon hanging of 40+ works from artists with whom Tarrah has had associations over the entire run of the gallery. This exhibition will include works by Roger Ackling, Marco Breuer, Sarah Charlesworth, Alan Charlton, John Chiara, Jeronimo Elespe, Adam Fuss, John Newman and David Row and Allyson Strafella.

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Torbjørn Rødland and James Turrell
Jun
30
12:30 PM12:30

Torbjørn Rødland and James Turrell

Please join us for these special exhibition walkthroughs. We will begin at David Kordansky Gallery to see Torbjørn Rødland's exhibition Backlit Rainbow. We will then walk over to Kanye Griffin Corcoran Gallery to view their exhibition of new and historic work by James Turrell.

Over the last twenty years, the Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based photographer Torbjørn Rødland has produced a body of work remarkable for its cultural reach, its awareness of photographic history and technique, and its ability to press up against psychological, moral, and philosophical boundaries. Among the works on view in Backlit Rainbow is a group of photographs of young men that exemplifies the multi-faceted nature of Rødland’s project. Inspired by a subset of Japanese manga cartoons known as Boys’ Love, they depict homoerotic tableaux with varying degrees of sexual tension. Subtle and not-so-subtle homoerotic subtexts can be found throughout the show–rainbow-colored objects appear in two pictures, for example–and its title underscores the theme.

In the Glass Works and Autonomous Structures from James Turrell, four newly created Glass works will be installed each with their own scale, shape and experience of color. Each Glass is a unique composition, in which hundreds of vivid combinations of colors seep into and against each other as they slowly shift over time. This wall-cavity filled with color advances the lineage of abstract art, particularly calling to mind Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings or Ad Reinhardt’s black paintings, which for Turrell “brought color out of darkness.” In implicating the viewer in the temporal experience of color within the physical and perceptual experience, Turrell turns light into a powerful substance. The Autonomous Structures evolved from Turrell’s interest in creating unique architectural spaces designed for shaping perception. In his words, these spaces “are just containers for the light; the art is in the experience of the viewer.” This exhibition will present several of the artist’s models for these structures, cast in smooth, undecorated plaster.

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Private Visit to The Wende Museum
Jun
14
11:00 AM11:00

Private Visit to The Wende Museum

If you have not yet visited the new Wende Museum of The Cold War in Culver City, this is a great opportunity! We will tour the exhibition Promote Tolerate Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary, which highlights Hungary’s unique artistic culture following WWII through the 1980s. This unique period in Eastern Europe was defined by loyalty to the Soviet Union combined with a liberal climate in domestic and cultural affairs. Through photographs and paintings along with advertisements and examples of material culture, this historical exhibition examines the provocative narrative of life in Hungary during this time.

Promote Tolerate Ban is a joint initiative between The Wende Museum and The Getty Research Institute.

Plenty of free parking.

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The People's Home
Jun
2
11:30 AM11:30

The People's Home

Join us for an exhibition walkthrough with gallerist Stephen Zeigler.

THESE DAYS is happy to be partnering with UNITED AMERICAN INDIAN INVOLVEMENT (UAII) to unveil a selection of never before exhibited vernacular photography, including Polaroids and snapshots, that weave together the lives and critical events of UAII’s earliest beginnings on Winston Street near Skid Row. This historic and noteworthy photo exhibition will be presented in the exact same space where the photographs were taken over 40 years ago sharing a story of hope, community and resilience of America’s first and often forgotten people.

UAII was established as a nonprofit 501(c)3 by Marian Zucco and Baba Cooper in 1974 to provide shelter, food, and a welcoming place for American Indians living on the streets of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Through the U.S. government program of relocation (1956-1979), a large portion of American Indians were encouraged to leave their homes on reservations throughout the country to move to urban areas, including Los Angeles, in hopes for a better opportunity for jobs and education, but the reality was a life of struggle (1).

UAII has grown to become the largest one-stop provider of human services for American Indian/ Alaskan Native families and youth living in Los Angeles County providing services to members from over 200 different tribes.

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Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Goldin
May
30
11:00 AM11:00

Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Goldin

Join us for an exhibition walkthrough with curator Lanka Tattersall

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin, an exhibition that brings together the works of three of the most influentialphotographers of modern life. Drawn largely from MOCA’s extraordinary collection of photography, the exhibition provides a remarkable opportunity to explore the ways in which Brassaï (Gyula Halász) (b. 1899, Brassó, Hungary (now Romania); d. 1984, Èze, France), Diane Arbus (b.1923, New York; d. 1971, New York) and Nan Goldin (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.) use the camera to reflect and transform the world around them. Real Worlds features an exceptional trove of approximately one hundred works by the three artists, including Brassaï’s unforgettable images of the nocturnal denizens of Paris, Arbus’s most memorable and unsettling portraits, and Goldin’s searingly poignant documentation of herself and her community. The exhibition is structured around MOCA’s nearly comprehensive collection of photographs that appear in three legendary photobooks: Brassaï’s The Secret Paris of the 30’s (1976), the posthumous Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972), and Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986). 

This event is limited to 30 members.

Image: Nan Goldin, Nan, one month after being battered, 1984

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This is Not a Selfie
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

This is Not a Selfie

  • Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design (map)
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Please join us for a walkthrough with exhibition co-curator Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA.

Social media sites, beginning with Flickr as early as 2004 and soon followed by Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have helped to popularize the selfie by encouraging users to tag and share their photos online. Ten years later, Ellen DeGeneres caused a frenzy on social media when she tweeted her now legendary 2014 Oscar selfie with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper (who took the picture), and other stars. Shared a staggering two million times, her post became the most retweeted photograph of all time and confirmed the selfie as a ubiquitous form of contemporary self-representation.

Today, millions of selfies—from the funny and self-deprecating to the private and sexually explicit—are shared with friends and strangers around the world. But is the selfie the same as the fine art genre of photographic self-portraiture? How are these two forms of photographic self-expression different? Why is it important to make the distinction between the two practices?

This is Not a Selfie is touring show organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and comprises 65 photographers exploring and expanding the definition of the self-portrait. Ranging from early 19th-century experiments through contemporary digital techniques, the exhibit includes works by Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Alfred Stieglitz, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol.

Attendance is limited to 20 members.

Image: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #5, 1977

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