An upcoming photography exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will explore the definition of the American family.
More than 80 photos from the 19th century to the present day have been compiled from some of the nation's most foremost photographers including Dorothea Lange, Nan Holdin, Carrie Mae Weems, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Harry Callahan.
The exhibition, called '(un)expected families,' uses archival, vernacular and fine art photographs to illustrate the concept.
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was a photographer and photojournalist whose work chronicling the human face of the Great Depression made her an icon in both life and death. She is particularly known for her portrait 'Migrant Mother'. Pictured is a 1936 photograph taken in Texas called 'Migrant Family'
Nan Goldin (1953-) is a photographer who has chronicled the LGBT communities in cities including New York, Boston and Berlin. This photograph of two drag queens named Jimmy Paulette (facing the camera) and Tabboo! (not facing the camera) was taken in New York City in 1991
Christopher Churchill took this photograph of a Hutterite classroom in Gildford, Montana in 2005. Hutterites are a religious group sprung from the Anabaptist Church. There are around 45,000 Hutterites across the United States and Canada; in the former, they are mostly congregated in the Dakotas and Montana
Nicholas Nixon (1947-) is a portrait photographer and took this photo of a man and girl in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1979. The photograph is one of the more than 80 that are part of '(un)expected families,' an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition begins December 9
The intimate photographs provide snapshots of multiple generations, romantic unions and alternative family structures, to name but a few.
From a migrant family in Texas in 1936 to a child in the 1860s, a Marine in Afghanistan to a contemporary Hutterite classroom, the photographs chart what family means for the diverse population of the United States and how its meaning has changed over time.
This news has been published by title Intimate Family Photos By Nan Goldin, Tina Barney, And Dawoud Bey
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