Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection

August 6, 2022–May 7, 2023
Floor 3

This dynamic installation of the photography collection unearths new narratives of influence, innovation, and belonging from the medium’s invention to the present day.

Rather than following a linear chronology, Sightlines explores a series of stories and perspectives, spotlighting recent additions to the collection throughout. Some galleries focus on an individual artist or series, like Louis Carlos Bernal’s vibrant color photographs of Chicanx families in the Southwest, or Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones’ poignant documentation of the demise of a small town in Napa County. Others consider the evolution of a single theme across the history of the medium, such as studio portraiture or the relationship between the body and landscape. The exhibition culminates with a generous selection of works made without a camera, probing the question of what constitutes a photograph.



Exhibition Preview

A black and white photography by artist Chanell Stone titled In Search of a Certain Eden, from the series Natura Negra.
Chanell Stone, In Search of a Certain Eden, from the series Natura Negra, 2019, printed 2021;
Accessions Committee Fund purchase, © Chanell Stone; photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift Nearshore #209 (Springridge Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 02.12.15, Fletcher Bay Water Poured and Fletcher Bay and Fay Bainbridge Silt Scattered), 2015; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, © Meghann Riepenhoff; photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Takagi Studio, Yoshida Yomaru, Civil Servant, 1883; Accessions Committee Fund purchase
Louis Carlos Bernal, Lynn and Albert Morales, Silver City, New Mexico, 1978; Gift of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), © Estate of Louis Carlos Bernal; photo: Mary Ellen Hawkins