KIA Brings Iconic National Geographic Photos to Kalamazoo

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits

Posted: October 15, 2010
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In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits

October 30 - January 2, 2010

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Steve McCurry Afghan Girl

Steve McCurry, Afghan Girl, 1985. In 2002, National Geographic relocated Sharbat Gulu, now in her 30s with three children, in the remote Pushtun region of Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Steve McCurry and National Geographic.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits. The exhibition will begin October 30, and close on January 2, 2011.

Created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, In Focus reveals that it is possible to portray the essence of people and places in two dimensions.

For well over 100 years, the name National Geographic has been synonymous with compelling photography. In Focus brings together a rare collection of expressive portraits and scenes from around the world and here at home. This collection of outstanding images, shot from the early 20th century to the late 1990s, not only parallels the Society's interest in the ethnographic study of "exotic" lands, but also reveals the magazine's idealized view of domestic life in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.

From Steve McCurry's haunting image of the green-eyed Afghan girl to lesser known scenes of tribal leaders, fishermen, and American workers, In Focus takes viewers around the globe and through the heights and depths of human emotion.

John Scofield Dancer in New Guinea

John Scofield, Dancer in Papua, New Guinea, 1962. Dancer in Papua New Guinea displays a smug smile for the photographer. Photo courtesy of John Scofield and National Geographic.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will hosting a series of talks, tours and events like Senior Day and Sunday Funday in conjunction with the In Focus exhibition. For a complete list, please click here.

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits was created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and is organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

This exhibition was also made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition and related programs do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Michigan Humanities Council.

For more information regarding In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits, please visit the KIA website at www.kiarts.org and click on See Exhibitions/Upcoming Exhibitions.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.

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