Library and Museum to present exhibition of famed photographer’s work in 2014
– Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America’s great photographers
with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But
more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects,
revealing more of herself in the process.
an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s
collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb.
8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31.
will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz’s imagination: Niagara Falls,
Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups
of objects like Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress, Elvis Presley’s
motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley.
Lincoln plays a major role in “Pilgrimage.” Leibovitz photographed the
stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his
assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address,
photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the
bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum
She describes the “Pilgrimage” project as a way to rejuvenate herself –
shooting only what inspired her, without deadlines or assignments. “I made a
crazy list and just sort of went down a different path. I loved, I loved doing
this project,” she told NPR.
of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation can attend a preview
event with Leibovitz on Feb. 7.
Leibovitz took a personal pilgrimage and it produced beautiful photographs
exploring the American landscape, great artists and important thinkers,
particularly Abraham Lincoln,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency. “We know our visitors will appreciate her vision,
and we hope they’re inspired to take a personal pilgrimage of their own.”
Pilgrimage” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is made possible through
the generous support of Macy’s.
"Macy's is very
pleased to sponsor this exhibit and help make it available to our community.
The exhibit will be so unique and powerful – combining the iconic work of
Annie Leibovitz and the iconic historical images from our great president,
Abraham Lincoln," said Stacy Fitzhenry, vice president and store manager
of Macy's White Oaks. “‘Giving back' is one of Macy's brand values, and we are
delighted to help make this exhibit possible.”
Leibovitz pays tribute to many trail-blazing women. Authors Dickinson and
Virginia Woolf are included, and so are Eleanor Roosevelt, artist Georgia
O’Keeffe, singer Marian Anderson and sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
Leibovitz: Pilgrimage” is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The
Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund provided support for the exhibition. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the
museum's traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.”
About Annie Leibovitz
Rolling Stone in 1970. Her
pictures have appeared regularly on magazine covers ever since. Leibovitz’s
large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well-known
portraits of our time.
She became Rolling
Stone’s chief photographer in 1973, and by the time she left the magazine,
ten years later, she had shot one hundred and forty-two covers and published
photo essays on scores of stories. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the
revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music
photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. At Vanity
Fair, and later at Vogue, she developed a large body of
work—portraits of actors, directors, writers, musicians, athletes, and
political and business figures, as well as fashion photographs—that expanded
her collective portrait of contemporary life.
Several collections of
Leibovitz’s work have been published. They include Annie Leibovitz:
Photographs (1983); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970–1990 (1991); Olympic
Portraits (1996); Women (1999), in collaboration with Susan Sontag; American
Music (2003); A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 (2006); Annie
Leibovitz at Work (2008), a first-person commentary on her career; and Pilgrimage
(2011). Exhibitions of Leibovitz’s work have appeared at museums and galleries
all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran
Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New
York; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Maison Européenne de la
Photographie in Paris; the National Portrait Gallery in London; and the
Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She lives in New York
with her three children.