Fashion, Circus, Spectacle: Photographs by Scott Heiser

March 8, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Best known for his innovative photographs of fashion runways for Interview magazine, Scott Heiser was a talented photographer who documented a wide range of public entertainments including circuses, dance competitions, and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show. His grainy, dramatically cropped images provide unexpected glimpses of performers in action, while his sensitive portraits capture famous faces of the 1970s and ’80s. A meticulous printer, Heiser produced rich, beautifully toned photographs that inject mystery and beauty into his subjects. The Delaware Art Museum organized the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to Heiser (1949–1993), who was born and raised Wilmington.

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A richly illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition. Heather Campbell Coyle and Dr. Stephen Petersen (Instructor, Corcoran College of Art and Design) wrote essays that situate Heiser in the context of photography, film, and art in downtown New York. In addition, associates of the artist— Hilton Als (writer and theater critic, The New Yorker) and Tom Woodruff (professor, School of Visual Arts)—provide short contributions. The hardcover book is 136 pages and will be distributed by University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art 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.