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Organized by the Smithsonian A merican Art Museum\, this exhibition charts a new direction for one of Amer ica’s best-known living photographers\; unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients\, the p hotographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. She made two separate trips to New Mexico to photograph O’ Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu\, the landscape at The Ghost Ranch and the “Black Place\,” and in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum vault.

The photogra phs\, while not containing people\, are in a certain sense portraits of sub jects that have shaped Leibovitz’s distinctly American view of her cultural inheritance. Visiting the homes of iconic figures\, including O’Keeffe\, E leanor Roosevelt\, Ralph Waldo Emerson\, Pete Seeger and Elvis Presley\, as well as places such as Niagara Falls\, Walden Pond\, Old Faithful and the Yosemite Valley\, she let her instincts and intuitions guide her to related subjects—hence the title “Pilgrimage.” The images speak in a commonplace l anguage to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited\, spa nning landscapes both dramatic and quiet\, interiors of living rooms and be drooms\, and objects that are talismans of past lives.

The exh ibition\, which includes photographs taken between April 2009 and May 2011\ , is making a national tour to 8 museums (a full list and dates can be foun d here)\, which opened in January 2012 at the Smithsonian America n Art Museum.

“Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage is much l ike Georgia O’Keeffe’s work in that it captures a place in time with such e vocative power and emotion that you cannot help but feel the connection\, t he deep sense of place\,” said Rob Kret\, Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “We are honored to have her work here and feel that it truly commem orates and compliments the ongoing ‘Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Natur e and Image’ exhibition with paintings and photographs of O’Keeffe’s most b eloved and inspiring locations in the Southwest.”

“From the beg inning\, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Fall s\, this project was an exercise in renewal\,” said Leibovitz. “It taught m e to see again.”

 “Pilgrimage” is an evocative and deeply perso nal statement by a photographer whose career now spans more than 40 years\, encompassing a broad range of subject matter\, history and stylistic influ ences. Together the pictures show Leibovitz at the height of her powers\, u nfettered by the demands of her career and pondering how photographs\, incl uding her own\, shape a narrative of history that informs the present.


THE LECTURE: Leibovitz will discuss her work Tues day\, February 12\, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe. Tickets will be available at www.lensic.com or

THE BOOK: The accompanying book\, published by Random House\, which includes phot ographs\, also includes an introduction by noted historian Doris Kearns Goo dwin. Pilgrimage is available for purchase ($50) at bookstores nat ionwide and the museum’s store.
 

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