A Curator’s Eye: The Visual Legacy of Robert A. Sobieszek

Hammer Building
May 11, 2006–August 20, 2006

For fifteen years, Robert A. Sobieszek shepherded LACMA’s permanent collection of photographs with the highly refined visual understanding of an historian, the intellectual rigor and sophistication of an academic, the critical eye and sensitivity of a connoisseur, and the exuberance and passion of a man totally enthralled by photographers, photographs, and visual culture.  This exhibition will feature pivotal works from the permanent collection acquired during Sobieszek’s tenure that have substantially shaped the direction and strengths of the Department of Photographs. The exhibition will celebrate the collection as well as the visual sensibility that has defined it. Featuring works of important historical significance, works by acknowledged masters of the medium, as well as those by contemporary artists, the exhibition will give a sense of the character of the collection, a character that is as elegantly complex as the curator under whose guidance it was shaped. The exhibition includes more than 30 framed works. Additionally, a Powerpoint presentation highlighting additional components in the photography permanent collection will be on display.

Exhibition Images from Collections Online

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Image: Gregory Crewdson (United States, b. 1962), Untitled, 1998, silver dye-bleach (Cibachrome) print with laminate, 55 x 65 in., LACMA, Ralph M. Parsons Fund, ©Gregory Crewdson.