Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

3 March–27 May 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Sally Mann, Easter Dress, 1986, gelatin silver print, Patricia and David Schulte. © Sally Mann

Photographer Sally Mann explores what it means to be Southern. For more than 40 years, Mann (born 1951) has made experimental, hauntingly beautiful photographs that address overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, and the bonds of family. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is the first major retrospective of the celebrated artist’s career.

This internationally traveling exhibition investigates how Mann’s relationship with her native Virginia, a place rich in literary and artistic traditions yet troubled by history, has shaped her work. Featuring over 120 images organized into five sections—family, landscape, battlefields, legacy, mortality—A Thousand Crossingsshows how the American South emerges within Mann’s work as a powerful and provocative force that continues to shape American identity and experience.

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