• F. Holland Day, Menelek, 1897, platinum print, 9 5/8 x 7 11/16".

    “Making A Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography”

    Addison Gallery of American Art
    Phillips Academy 3 Chapel Avenue
    March 27–July 31, 2012

    Curated by Trevor Fairbrother

    Self-portraiture has always been a realm of play between representing oneself and imagining what one might like to be. Nineteenth-century photographer F. Holland Day is one of the more curious examples of the artist- as-his-own-affected-subject. A wealthy publisher and bibliophile, Day photographed himself and others––often male nudes––in stark scenes evoking Christian, classical, and mythological characters. The Addison’s exhibition will unveil nearly forty works made by Day between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including his well-known self-portrait as Christ (The Seven Words, 1898), along with related ephemera and portraits of the artist taken by his associates. The attending catalogue essay by Fairbrother will, one hopes, raise questions as to the depth of Day’s religious convictions versus his apparent delight in masquerade.