Chicago

Chicago

Julia Margaret Cameron's Women

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
September 19, 1998–January 10, 1999

There are plenty of nineteenth-century photographs of women; few, though, were actually made by women. Of those that were, Julia Margaret Cameron’s stand out, as much for their self-conscious dramatization of identity (think ’80s tableau photography) as for their Pre-Raphaelite sensibility. According to Art Institute curator Sylvia Wolf, who selected the sixty prints on view, the aim is to demonstrate “what it meant to be a Victorian woman making pictures of women.” Another point that’s hard to miss is Cameron’s importance in establishing an art of photography beyond the bounds of pure documentation. Sept. 19, 1998–Jan. 10, 1999; travels to Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.