Friday, November 18, 2016

EXHIBITION: "WOMEN: New Portraits: by Annie Leibowitz now in NYC

“The imagery of women has to catch up with the imagery of men,” Annie Leibovitz told 
the NY Times regarding WOMEN: New Portraits, her 2016 traveling photography exhibit. 
The images continue her 1999 project, Women, a book she published 
with her late partner Susan Sontag 
“Women are a work in progress,” she said. “To my dying day, 
I’ll be doing these photographs.”

Misty Copeland, dancer, NYC, 2015
© Annie Leibovitz  

There couldn't be a better time to celebrate the
spirits and accomplishments of women than right now, when the
forces of misogyny seem to have been unleashed all over the world.
WOMEN: New Portraits opens today November 18, at the 
Bayview Correctional Facility, a former women's prison in Manhattan 
that was closed after Hurricane Sandy. 

 The show's opening launches the Art Deco building’s restoration and 
transformation into a Women’s Building, which will reopen as a center for 
women’s groups and services in 2020.

The show has already been exhibited in
London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Mexico City and Milan.
It will head to Zurich after New York, rounding out a year-long world tour.

For her new photography exhibit  Annie Leibovitz shot portraits of 
female luminaries at work: Malala Yousafzai, Serena and Venus Williams, 
Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Warren, Shonda Rhimes on set, Jane Goodall, 
Misty Copeland on pointe, Adele at her piano, 
Katie Ledecky in the pool, and Lena Dunham, among many others.

"Why do a project on women? There have not been representations of women that show them as whole human beings. So this is remedial. Each of these photographs, each one is a novel."

Gloria Steinem

WOMEN: New Portraits will be on view in New York from November 18 through December 11. For the November 18 opening, formerly incarcerated women will lead a discussion 
about female imprisonment and women’s rights. Speak-outs and "talking circles" have been an integral part of the exhibition since its outset.


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