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, January 28 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 29 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, January 30 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, January 31 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, February 1 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, February 2 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, February 4 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 6 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, February 7 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, February 8 at 10:00am to 5:00pm
Maryland Historical Society
201 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201