Opening on April 6, 2018, A box of ten photographs highlights the portfolio of Diane Arbus, an American photographer known for her black-and-white images of marginalized individuals, including the mentally ill, circus performers, and transgender people. The exhibition, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) until January 21, 2019, traces the history of Arbus's posthumous career after her death in 1971, which includes becoming the first photographer to be featured in Artforum, a monthly magazine founded in 1962 that focuses on contemporary arts. In 1972, Arbus also became the first photographer to be included in the Venice Biennale, the most distinguished international showcase of the time period.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives' collections are featured in A box of ten photographs and include invitations to several Venice Biennale events, letters discussing the inclusion of Arbus's work in the showcase, and an exhibition poster for the 36th Venice Biennale. Enjoy the sneak peek of our collections and be sure to visit SAAM before January 21st to see the exhibition!
- National Musuem of American Art, Office of Program Support, Records, 1947-1981, Record Unit 321
- National Museum of American Art, Office of the Director, Records, 1970-1983, with records dating from 1934, Record Unit 322
- National Museum of American Art, Office of Public Affairs, Publicity Records, 1967-1975, 1982, 1986, Record Unit 454