Thursday, May 2, 2013

L.A. Times highlights photography exhibition curated by alumna

The Los Angeles Times recently gave its readers an inside look into a war photography exhibition curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker ’67. The exhibition and a Q&A with Tucker are featured in reFramed, part of the Times’ art and photography blog.

Tucker and two colleagues at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston spent years working on the exhibition War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, which includes 480 objects and photos documenting heroism and horror in armed conflicts decades old and more recent. They also created a 620-page catalog featuring essays and interviews. After opening in the Houston museum, a scaled down version of the exhibition is on view at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

The Q&A with Tucker reveals a lot about the story behind the exhibition and what she and the other curators learned from it. You can read the L.A. Times feature here. Randolph magazine published a story about Tucker and the exhibition in September 2012.

Tucker, named America’s Best Curator by Time magazine in 2001, recently donated two photographs to the College to honor two other alumnae. In honor of Lucy Williams Hooper ’73, Tucker donated an untitled photograph picturing a male and female samurai in Japan, stating that the confident pose of the female warrior was reminiscent of Hooper’s service and leadership on the College’s Board of Trustees. She also gave the College a print of Joseph Rosenthal’s famous photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima in honor of Lynn Hume Stuart ’60, who used to share patriotic images with Tucker and exhibited significant dedication and service to the College.