9 Curators’ Panel Discussion
Friday, November 9, 2012 4:30-5:30 PM in the Arthur Ross Gallery followed by the opening reception from 5:30-7:30.
PHILADELPHIA – This exhibition mines the extensive photography holdings in the University of Pennsylvania’s Art Collection of more than 800 prints acquired over the last 100 years. Most are in the form of traditionally sized silver gelatin prints, created during the 1940s through the late 1980s. The University’s photography collection is a “Who’s Who” of the greatest 20th-century photographers, including Ralph Gibson, Larry Clark, Garry Winogrand, W. Eugene Smith, Harold Edgerton, Elliott Erwitt, Manuel Bravo, Helmut Newton, and Edward Steichen. The exhibition runs from November 10, 2012 – January 27, 2013.
Lynn Marsden-Atlass, University Curator and Director of the Arthur Ross Gallery invited Gabriel Martinez, artist and Senior Lecturer of Photography in the Depart­ment of Fine Arts, to guest curate an exhibition drawn exclusively from the collection for the Gallery. Martinez viewed and studied over 800 photographs, and then, to mix things up, he invited his eight photography colleagues (who are also working artists) from the Fine Arts Department, School of Design, to curate some of the photographs from their distinct point of view, transforming the exhibition into a presentation of 9 different curatorial voices.
For over a year, while pouring over photographs for this exhibition, Martinez and Heather Gibson, University Collections Manager, also digitized and documented each photograph.  The newly digitized images are available online and are accessible to all here.  As a result, Fine Arts and Art History faculty now have access to a selection of photographs from which to teach while they are on exhibition, and to use in digital format for the first time.
9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection is the third in a series of exhibitions highlighting the University of Pennsylvania’s Art Collection. As with Naked: The University Collection Unveiled and Double Take: Series, Multiples and Prints, 9 Perspectives reveals the breadth of the collection. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Office of the Curator and the Arthur Ross Gallery  Additional support is provided by Mrs. Arthur Ross, Mr. George Gillespie, the Arthur Ross Foundation, and the Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery.
The Gallery is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
The Gallery is located at 220 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia