Last Weekend to Catch ‘WOMEN: New Portraits Annie Liebovitz’
By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, December 9, 2016
Last night, I trekked through the cold to the former Bayview Womens Correctional Facility, soon to be known as the Women’s Building, to view Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibition: WOMEN: New Portraits. Annie Leibovitz’s most enduringly popular series of photographs WOMEN was originally published in 1999. New Portraits reflects the changes in the roles of women today. In addition to the new photographs, the exhibition includes work from the original series as well as other photographs taken since.
As an admirer of art and photography, I felt both inspired and frustrated by New Portraits. Every photograph invoked a feeling and told a story about the human female species: how women fit into society’s constraints, shatter categories set up on them, how they express themselves, view themselves, and the burdens that many carry. The exhibit was so good that it left me wanting more. I wanted to know the individual stories—I wanted them to tell me how they felt and how they’ve survived, and for some—how they’ve learned to thrive. The fact that New Portraits is showcased in the former Bayview Womens Correctional Facility added layers of reflection to womens’ place in society.
“You can’t look at all those images without seeing the true human diversity of women, not characterized by whatever feminine idea or roles of who we’re supposed to be,” said Gloria Steinem, who helped Leibovitz compile the list of women to be photographed. I was very happy to have seen and been inspired by New Portraits. Try to catch this incredible exhibit for before it closes on Sunday. It’s free to the public and well worth your time and effort to attend.
WOMEN: New Portraits is finishing a 10 city global tour. For more information please click here.