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Mulvane Art Museum Acquires Significant Photo Collection Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

15 March 2021

Washburn University's Mulvane Art Museum has announced the recent donation of a significant collection of photographs featuring the works of 10 photographers of note: Ralph Gibson, Larry Fink, Walter Iooss, Kristin Capp, Donna Ferrato, Joyce Tenneson, Sally Gall, Alan MacWeeney, David Seltzer and Raphael Mazzaco.

Walter Iooss. Hank Aaron (1969).

The donation was facilitated by Summit Art Advisory, Kearny, N.J. SSA works closely with artists, dealers, auction houses, galleries and other fine art institutions and specializes in the management of art collections.

"The museum's acquisition of Brian Lanker's I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America photographs in 2019 opened the door to building a complete photography collection," said Connie Gibbons, director of the Mulvane Art Museum. "These photographers exemplify some of the best work being done in photography."


Highlights of the new acquisition include:

Walter Iooss, Jr.'s photos have graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, including more than 300 covers. Iooss has photographed Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Serena Williams and Tiger Woods, among many more. Dubbed "the Rembrandt of sports photography," Iooss was inducted into the Photography Hall of Fame in 2018.

Joyce Tenneson's work has been published in books and major magazines and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her luminous and unique 20x24-inch Polaroid, Ilfochrome and vintage gelatin silver prints emanate a poignant mystical sensibility. Tenneson's photography has been shown in over 150 exhibitions worldwide and is included in numerous private and museum collections. Her photographs have appeared on countless magazine covers, including Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.

Larry Fink is known for his black-and-white images of American society. His work has been exhibited at and collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others and he was the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships. Fink's best-known work is Social Graces, a series of photographs he produced in the 1970s that depicted and contrasted wealthy Manhattanites at fashionable clubs and social events alongside working-class people from rural America.


The Mulvane Art Museum, located at 17th and Jewell on the Washburn University campus in Topeka, Kan., is open Tuesdays from 12 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission if free. Masks are required.

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