Revealing Pictures: Photographs from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection

Revealing Pictures: Photographs from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection


 
Pieter Hugo, South African, born 1976. Portrait #1, Rwanda, from the series 1994, 2014. Collection of Christopher E. Olofson © Pieter Hugo / image courtesy Stevenson, South Africa

Revealing Pictures features more than thirty photographs from the collection of Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992. Works on view by Edmund Clark, Daniel and Geo Fuchs, Pieter Hugo, Liu Zheng, Zanele Muholi, Robert Polidori, and others serve as striking examples of photography’s ability to explore issues of identity, place, and nationhood. Muholi began making a series of portraits as a form of visual activism in response to crimes against gays and women in her native South Africa. Hugo, another South African artist, has photographed children born after 1994 in his homeland and Rwanda, countries still struggling to realize lasting change following that year’s political and social upheavals. This exhibition reflects Olofson’s continued engagement with the Museum’s work, including his service as a member of its Advisory Council since 2011.

Revealing Pictures: Photographs from the Christopher E. Olofson Collection has been made possible with generous support from Stacey Roth Goergen, Class of 1990, and Robert Goergen; Susan and John Diekman, Class of 1965; Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund; Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970; Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Exhibitions Fund; William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher, through the Sakana Foundation; Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984; and Sara and Joshua Slocum, Class of 1998, Art Museum Fund.