There was a whole collection made mines the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman’s 2014 gift of 830 photographic works by 414 artists to the Smart Museum. It introduces this new resource to scholars and the public.
The exhibition presents several hundred works—from rare vintage prints to contemporary classics—organized in thematic clusters that reflect the Guttmans’ shared commitment to humanist values, including sections on the natural and built world; photographic experimentation; documentary; portraiture; and “fifteen minutes of fame,” which features portraits of famous and not-so-famous people by other famous, and not-so-famous photographers.
The exhibition’s title is taken from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914). Stein is the subject of several photographs in the Guttman collection. Artists in the collection include: William Henry Fox Talbot, David Octavius Hill, Hannah Höch, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Diane Arbus, Malick Sidibé, Chuck Close, Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, Laura Letinsky, and many others.
The opening reception on September 28, 7–8:30 pm, features classical music, live poetry readings, mushroom-based cuisine, and gallery talks around select photographs on view.
Free and open to all.