Speaker: Sophie Hackett (Diane Arbus, Photographs, 1956-1971)

Speaker: Sophie Hackett (Diane Arbus, Photographs, 1956-1971)

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Date(s) - Tuesday, November 3, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Join us for a Presentation and Q&A session with Sophie Hackett, Curator Photography for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sophie will discuss the current AGO exhibition titled “Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971”.

Diane Arbus Exhibition
The striking black and white photographs of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized portraiture, through their range of subjects and their style. Primarily made in and around New York City, Arbus selected her subjects – including couples, children, nudists, suburban families, circus performers, and celebrities, among others – for their singularity. In 2016, thanks to the generosity of a small group of donors, the AGO acquired the world’s second largest collection of Arbus photographs. The AGO honours that landmark acquisition of 522 works with a major solo exhibition, the first in Canada in almost three decades. Highlighting her evolution as an artist over fifteen years, Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971 features 150 photographs and is curated by Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Curator, Photography.
For the first time, images from the full sweep of Arbus’s career will be presented chronologically. Early works reveal an artist gripped by the range of humanity and life as it unfolded on the street, while later works created using a larger format mark her emergence as a mature and compelling artist.

Sophie Hackett Bio
Sophie Hackett has been a member of the AGO’s department of photography since 2006. During her tenure she has curated numerous exhibitions and collection reinstallations, written and contributed to countless publications, participated on international juries and maintained an active academic profile. She was a Graduate Intern at the J. Paul Getty Museum in its department of photographs, and completed a Master’s Degree in Visual Art at the University of Chicago. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in Ryerson University’s Master’s degree program in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management, and was a 2017 Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Hackett’s area of specialty is 19th and 20th century vernacular photography.

Please Note: These are scheduled as online meetings and a Zoom link will be sent out in advance of each meeting.  Duration of the meetings will normally be an hour and a half, unless otherwise posted.