Gertrude Käsebier’s Photographs of the Eight: Portraits for Promotion

February 23, 2013 - April 7, 2013

American photographer Gertrude Käsebier bridged the worlds of fine art photography and commercial portraiture, exhibiting her work in galleries while maintaining a portrait studio on Fifth Avenue in New York. Her varied interests made her an ideal choice for artists seeking to have their portraits made. The intimate exhibition Gertrude Käsebier’s Photographs of the Eight: Portraits for Promotion explores how “the Eight”—John Sloan and his contemporaries—used photography and the media to promote themselves and their revolutionary 1908 exhibition. This exhibition is mounted in conjunction with a Käsebier symposium and the exhibition Gertrude Käsebier: The Complexity of Light and Shade at the University of Delaware. The symposium will feature experts on the period, including the Museum’s Curator of American Art, Heather Campbell Coyle, who will speak on “Capturing The Artistic Temperament: Gertrude Käsebier Photographs the Eight.” The Museum will also present a lecture by University of Delaware Professor Margaret Stetz on “The New Woman in Black and White.”

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Gertrude Käsebier Photographing Shinn, 1907
Everett Shinn (1876–1953)
Pen and watercolor on cardboard, 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1978
Everett Shinn, c. 1907-1908
Gertrude Käsebier (1851–1934)
Platinum print, 8 x 6 1/2 inches
Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1978

ORGANIZER & SPONSORS

Gertrude Käsebier’s Photographs of the Eight: Portraits for Promotion is made possible by the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund.

Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Delaware Division of the Arts