This new installation of photographs from the DMA’s collection highlights the exemplary work of more than 20 women photographers who have expressed softened and dreamlike aspects in their pieces. By experimenting with distortion and placing particular emphasis on how the body connects or contrasts with the surrounding environment, these artists invite viewers to feel a sense of strange familiarity in their works, such as the awareness of being in a dream or the surreal experience of déjà vu. While the tradition of Surrealist photography was primarily male-dominated, featuring the female form as subject, Soft Focus presents work from women behind the camera, using similar techniques from their own perspectives.
Admission is FREE.
Soft Focus is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Images: Anne Collier, Negative (California), 2013, C-print; edition AP1, Dallas Museum of Art, Lay Family Acquisition Fund, 2016.4.1.; Marlo Pascual, Untitled, 2009, digital C-print; edition 1/3, Dallas Museum of Art, Lay Family Acquisition Fund, 2010.11.2.; Annette Kelm, Bouquet, 2012, C-print; edition of 5, Dallas Museum of Art, Lay Family Acquisition Fund, 2016.16.5.; Sarah Charlesworth, Untitled (Skull) from the 0+1 series, 1999, laminated Fujiflex color photograph with lacquered wood frame; edition 1/8, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Rachofsky Collection, 2012.55.3.; Catherine Opie, Untitled (Surfers), 2003, C-print; edition 54/75, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift, 2009.30.