Duane Michals: Collector offers a unique look at the world of art through the eyes of an eclectic collector, acclaimed photographer Duane Michals. One of the most influential photographers of the late 20th century—known for his genre-challenging practices such as the inclusion of text and creation of narrative series—Michals is also an avid art collector. Since 2001, he has given nearly 50 works from his collection to Carnegie Museum of Art, which is also the single largest repository of his photographs; the works in Duane Michals: Collector are all promised gifts to the museum.
The selection of works ranges from an etching made in 1799 by Francisco de Goya, to a large painting by Mark Tansey dated 1999, to photographs by André Kertész from the 1920s and 1930s. While the works and artists are diverse, certain key themes speak to Michals’s own practice: the relationship between image and text, the importance of humor and imagination, and evidence of the human hand. Duane Michals: Collector incorporates Michals’s own interpretations and memories, offering insights into his collecting and its relationship to his art-making. Don’t miss this intimate and rare experience, a meditation on a life spent with, and making, art.
Duane Michals: Collector is situated steps away from Storyteller, a major retrospective of Michals’s photographic work.
More than a dozen works on view in Collector are included in ABC Duane: A Duane Michals Primer, available in hardcover for $40 at the CMOA Design Store.
This exhibition is organized by Amanda Zehnder, associate curator of fine arts.
January 21: Art History Class—Decisive Moments in Photography
January 22: Culture Club Film Screening—Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself
February 12: Culture Club—Image to Word, A Public Reading