Starting with early portraiture, “Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves” is a new exhibition exploring themes of identity and place that are at the cornerstone of human experience and widely examined in contemporary photography. The year-long exhibition draws from the Maryland Historical Society’s photograph holdings, including daguerreotypes, salt prints, glass negatives, silver gelatin and digital prints.
“Reflections” specifically examines how portraiture has developed—beginning around 1840—and progressed over the years to the point where we can so easily take and share self-portraits, or “selfies,” today. Themes such as identity, belonging, place, and the gaze—in all their manifestations—will be explored, as well as sub-themes of family portraits, sports, work life, childhood, sexuality and transportation.
The exhibition’s co-curators are Joe Tropea, Curator of Films and Photographs at MdHS, and Elena Volkova, Assistant Professor of Photography at Stevenson University.
Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 18 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, September 19 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, September 20 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, September 21 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 22 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, September 26 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, September 27 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, September 28 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Maryland Historical Society
201 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201