New Dimensions

February 2013

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Photography Scholars Program: Identifying Portraiture

Working in collaboration with guest photographer Jesse DeMartino, this semester’s theme will focus on the genre of portraiture. Students will examine notions of identity and the concepts of likeness, narrative and self-perception by examining work by Jim Goldberg, Dinae Arbus, Danny Lyon and Robert Frank, among others. Students are encouraged to look carefully and share their reactions, formulate theories based on observations, and make connections between art and life.

Following gallery and classroom activities, students will create their own photographic portfolio, drawing on themes and ideas discussed and inspiration from works in the museum’s collection. Through the hands-on production of their own images, students will explore their own ideas and interpretations of personal identity and how they are informed and transformed in the exchange between the photographer and his or her subject.

Workshops are taught by visiting photographer Jesse DeMartino, museum curators and museum educators. Sessions meet for five consecutive Saturdays starting February 2, 2013.

All application materials are due by midnight, December 3, 2012. Students and teachers will be notified of acceptance in the program by email by January 7, 2013.




Workshop Dates:
February 2, 2013
February 9, 2013
February 16, 2013
February 23, 2013
March 2, 2013

Exhibition opening reception:
April 11, 2013



Image caption: (top) Andreas Feininger, American (b. France, 1906-1999). The Photojournalist (Dennis Stock, Magnum Photographer), ca. 1955. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2645. (bottom) Artist Jesse DeMartino, image courtesy of the artist.


February 2012
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Photography Scholars Program: Alchemy and Magic

Working in collaboration with guest photographer Leonor Jurado, this semester’s theme will focus on the concept of Alchemy and Magic. In the galleries, students will examine and discuss works by photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, C.H. White, and Edward Steichen which incorporate elements of the magically real, and discuss the messages these works either convey or distort. Students are encouraged to look carefully and share their reactions, formulate theories based on observations, and make connections between art and life.

Following gallery discussions, students will create their own photographic portfolio inspired by the images and themes they discovered in the Museum’s collection. Through the hands-on production of their own images, and the option to digitally manipulate these images in the studio classroom with the use of their own MacBook Pro computer, students will experience the alchemical sense of magic that comes from the transformation of remixing ideas and finding a personal metaphor.

Workshops are taught by visiting photographer Leonor Jurado, the Museum curators, and Museum educators specially trained for this program. Sessions meet for three Saturdays throughout the month of February. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.







Workshop Dates:

February 4, 2012
February 11, 2012
February 18, 2012

Exhibition opening reception:

April 12, 2012


Image caption: (top) Andreas Feininger, American (b. France, 1906-1999). The Photojournalist (Dennis Stock, Magnum Photographer), ca. 1955. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2645. (bottom) Artist Leonor Juardo, image courtesy of the artist.

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