Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

April 15, 2016 to August 14, 2016 | Chilton II Gallery
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Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the first retrospective of Penn’s work in nearly twenty years. The exhibition presents over 140 photographs including iconic images from his oeuvre as well as previously unseen or never exhibited photographs. Irving Penn (1917–2009) is one of the best-known American photographers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned almost seventy years, Penn worked on professional and artistic projects across multiple genres. He was a master of both black-and-white and color photography, and he was key to the revival of platinum printing in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty will require a $16 special exhibition ticket.


The Person Himself: Irving Penn’s Ethnographic Studies

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The Art Institute of Chicago is home to the Irving Penn Archives, one of the world’s leading collections of photographs and memorabilia about the artist. Natasha Derrickson, former Collection Manager in the Department of Photography and Archive Assistant in the Ryerson and Burnham Archives, will discuss the materials contained in the archives and what they reveal about Penn’s life and work.