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Art and Journalism Trip

MSDA Art and Journalism students visited the ICP – International Center of Photography and had the opportunity to view “Portraits” and “For Freedoms” with the museum educator. The exhibits allowed the joint class venture to experience how art and artists influence public concepts and the shaping of ideas.

According to the website:

For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? explores the role of art and visual representation in American civic life through the work of the For Freedoms collective. Founded in 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is an artist-led platform that investigates how art and artists can help deepen public discourse and political awareness in the United States.

The exhibition features a series of photographs that re-envision American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of the “Four Freedoms” articulated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1941 State of the Union Address. Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear are embodied in stylized scenes of the everyday that reference Rockwell’s iconic style while bringing new, more inclusive representations of the country to the discussion of our core values.

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection surveys the nuanced ways people present themselves for the camera, how and by whom they are represented, and who is deemed worthy of commemoration. Recognizing that portraiture has dominated the medium of photography, this selection, from nineteenth-century daguerreotypes to twenty-first-century selfies, includes studio portraits, snapshots, and documentary photographs. From a deathbed daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes and a cart-de-visite featuring Sojourner Truth holding her knitting to Samuel Fosso’s performative self-portraits and FBI wanted posters, every portrait serves a different purpose. Each one offers the opportunity to investigate the ways photography shapes our ideas about ourselves and others.

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