Sneak Peek of Duane Michals: The Portraitist

Meryl Streep, 1975. Gelatin silver print with hand applied text.

Meryl Streep, 1975. Gelatin silver print with hand applied text.

Yves Saint Laurent, 1983. Gelatin silver print with hand applied text.

Yves Saint Laurent, 1983. Gelatin silver print with hand applied text.

Andy Warhol and his Mother Julia Warhola, 1958. Gelatin silver print with hand applied text.

Andy Warhol and his Mother Julia Warhola, 1958. Gelatin silver print with hand applied text.

I visited the Snap! Orlando space and their latest exhibition of Duane Michals: The Portraitist. If you haven’t yet visited Snap! it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. The current show was curated by Linda Benedict-Jones, former Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and current Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University teaching the History of Photography. This collection is the first comprehensive overview of unique portraits by this influential photographer.

Michals describes himself as “self-taught” and worked for many years as a commercial photographer for Esquire, Mademoiselle, and Vogue. His style differed from that of his counterparts in that he did not shoot photos in a studio, but rather on location with the subject.

Michals photographed numerous artists and public figures, from Grace Coddington to Yayoi Kusama, Rene Magritte, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Burt Reynolds, and the original cast of Saturday Night Live just to name a few. The list goes on and on. They are all shown together in this stellar exhibition.

Michals used two unique innovations in his photographic work. First by implementing a storytelling approach and sequencing photos to take the viewer through a narrative, and second he incorporated writing on or near the photograph to provide additional context that isn’t always conveyed in the photo at the moment.

The photos are displayed in groups of artists, writers, photographers, actors, directors, fashion, self-portraits, and intimate stories. You only have until April 6th to visit this exhibition before it travels to New York.
CLICK HERE for hours and directions.

My kind of photography has really kind of been a wolf in the hen house.
— Duane Michals

Visions and Images: Duane Michals, 1981
Interviewer: Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive in the Duke University Libraries: https://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/dsva/

Watch the Townie Tourist sneak peek of Snap! Orlando below.

Have you been to Bronze Kingdom?

Probably one of Orlando's best kept secrets is Bronze Kingdom.  It's located in the Fashion Square Mall and is one of the most unique finds I've come across.  Over 16,000 square feet of space has been converted into a gallery-museum with 2,000 pieces of African art. 

The bronze, beaded, and wooden sculptures, some of which date back thousands of years, are truly impressive.  This is the largest collection of rare African bronze sculpture in the world and represents so many countries from across the continent like Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Along with a historic collection rivaling the British Museum, are local and international contemporary artists.  This is a tour you won't want to miss!

Bronze Kingdom 

Bronze Kingdom
3201 E. Colonia Drive, Suite M16
Orlando, Florida 32803
407-203-8864
http://bronzekingdom.com

Gallery: Tyrus Clutter

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 10: 20 years ago, Tyrus Clutter read the book “Sayings of the Desert Fathers” which explores the condition of the human spirit. But one passage in particular, helped to inspire Tyrus’s etched prints.

Gallery: Appleton Museum of Art

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 9: The Appleton Museum in Ocala was a gift from Arthur Appleton, which opened to the public in 1987. Originally the gallery was built to display Appleton’s Art Collection, but today, the Appleton Museum Displays art from around the world.

Gallery: Martin Cushman

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 7: Martin Cushman, a potter from Mt. Plymouth, Florida started making pottery in 1997. Martin’s pottery follows a tight schedule every week, but for Martin each pot is worth the effort.