Curatorial Talk on Photographer Robert Frank

Art Historian and Associate Director for Education at the Berman Museum of Art Susan Shifrin will give a curatorial talk on the exhibition Spaces, Places and Identity: Robert Frank Portraits on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery. Refreshments will be served following the program.

(Pictured: Frogmore SC 1955, gelatin silver print, 8 1/3 x 13 1/4 in, Penn Family Collection, Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University Archives and Special Collections)

Dr. Shifrin, who is also an Assistant Professor of Art History specializes in early modern art and culture and has a particular interest in textual and visual representations of women from the sixteenth century to the present day. Recent publications include “The Wandering Life I Led”: Essays on Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin and Early Modern Women’s Border Crossings (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); Re-Framing Representations of Women: Figuring, Fashioning, Portraiting and Telling in the “Picturing Women” Project (Ashgate Publishing, 2008); and ‘Subdued by a Famous Roman Dame’: Picturing Foreignness, Notoriety, and Prerogative in the Portraits of Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin” in Politics, Transgression, and Representation at the Court of Charles II, eds. Julia Marciari Alexander and Catharine MacLeod (Yale University Press, 2008), 141-174.

Despite her scholarly focus on early modern art, she has curated a number of exhibitions of contemporary art in recent years, including “Picturing Women: Historical Works and Contemporary Responses at Three Philadelphia-Area Institutions, “Exotica: Photographs By Sally Grizzell Larson;” “Is There Still Life? Works by Debrah Jospe, Constance Moore Simon and Enid Mark,” and “Tamar Stone and Christine Lofaso: Women’s Bodies Of/As Work.”

This exhibition explores Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank’s  redefinition of the notion of portraiture through his work before, during, and following the production of his most well-known collection, The Americans (1958/59). The works featured in the exhibition are borrowed from the Archives and Special Collections at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Many of the images have never before been published or exhibited.

Celebrating a milestone 20th year, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and  noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays.  The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled, and admission is free. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Exhibitions and programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and annual support from Epps Advertising.