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"A PRACTICAL DREAMER: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF MAN RAY"
2000-04-02 until 2000-06-25
Walker Art Center
USA United States of America
The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers, observed Man
Ray. A highly influential and prolific American artist who was associated with both the Dada
and Surrealist movements, Man Ray was active in avant-garde as well as commercial
circles, and over the course of his long career he produced sculptures, films, drawings, and
photographs in an effort to reimagine what we consider beautiful.
Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and drawn from its extensive collection of
photographs, the exhibition focuses on Man Ray’s photographic work and includes 100 vintage prints
spanning the period from 1916 to the 1950s. It chronicles his early work in New York, his years in
Paris, and the decade he spent in Hollywood during and after World War II. Highlights are selections
from Les champs délicieux, a portfolio of photograms (or cameraless photographs) published in
1922; portraits of cultural luminaries such as Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and
Marcel Proust; solarized prints, double exposures, and other darkroom experiments; and many images
of the women in his life, from his muse, the infamous Kiki of Montparnasse, to his last wife Juliet. For
the Walker presentation, a selection of Man Ray’s films will be screened continuously in the galleries,
and a group of vintage journals will showcase his commercial fashion photography.
Curator: Kate Ware, former Assistant Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum, Curator of Photographs,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Walker coordinating curator: Joan Rothfuss