Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Irving Penn, Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986. Copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation.

Irving Penn, Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986. Copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, N.W.
Washington
Through March 20, 2016

One of the twentieth century’s best-known American photographers, Irving Penn (1917-2009) was one of the first to break the boundaries between magazine and art photography. This retrospective of his work is the first in almost twenty years. It includes approximately 140 photographs from the American Art Museum’s permanent collection, and debuts 100 photographs recently donated by The Irving Penn Foundation.

A book, co-published by The Irving Penn Foundation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will accompany the exhibition, and includes an essay by Merry Foresta, guest curator and independent consultant for the arts. The show was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with generous support from the Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. This show will draw crowds, so plan for an early arrival.