New Dimensions

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.

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