Andy Grundberg Curates Annie Leibovitz Exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

January 27, 2012


Andy GrundbergThe Corcoran’s Andy Grundberg is the guest curator of Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage, on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum January 20–May 20. The exhibition represents a departure for one of America's best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. Subjects include the homes of Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson and places such as Niagara Falls and Walden Pond as well as glimpses of traces left by Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, and other artists she admires. Mr. Grundberg, an award-winning art critic, curator, and educator, has known Leibovitz for 20 years. “It’s been fascinating to see Annie shift gears and follow her own instincts,” he says. “The show is a demonstration of her continued growth as an artist even after 40 years of work, and a confirmation of her ability to find new territory by following her heart.”
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Emily Dickinson's DressAnnie Leibovitz, Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress, Amherst Historical Society, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2010, Annie Leibovitz. From “Pilgrimage” (Random House, 2011)

Annie Leibovitz, Plano, Illinois, 2011. Annie Leibovitz, 2011