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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, June 30 – September 23, 2018
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

I was fortunate to catch Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings on its last day at the Peabody Essex Museum back in September. I’d long admired her work in book form going back to my days at the Maine Photographic Workshop—where I briefly met her in 1986—but had never seen her work up on a wall in a gallery setting.

If you are able I would highly recommend seeing the exhibit at one of the other venues:

  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, November 20, 2018–February 10, 2019
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 3–May 27, 2019
  • Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 17–September 22, 2019
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, October 19, 2019–January 12, 2020

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum: For more than forty years, Sally Mann has made experimental and hauntingly beautiful images that have made her one of the country’s most influential and distinguished photographers. The artist’s first major traveling exhibition, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, explores themes of family, memory, mortality, and home as well as the Southern landscape as repository of personal and collective memory. Some 115 photographs — many of which have not been exhibited or published previously — offer a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievement, vision, and drive.

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — Family

Many of the pictures are intimate, some are fiction and some are fantastical, but most are of ordinary things that every mother has seen — Sally Mann, 1992

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — Family

The Land: Since my my place and its story were givens, it remained for me to find those metaphors: encoded, half-forgotten clues within the southern landscape — Sally Mann 2015

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — The Land

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — The Land

The Land: Since my my place and its story were givens, it remained for me to find those metaphors: encoded, half-forgotten clues within the southern landscape — Sally Mann 2015

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — The Land

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Abide with Me: What were any of us thinking? Why did we never ask the questions? That’s the mystery of it—our blindness and our silence — Sally Mann, 2015

Abide with Me: What were any of us thinking? Why did we never ask the questions? That’s the mystery of it—our blindness and our silence — Sally Mann, 2015

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Last Measure: Does the earth remember? Do these fields, upon which unspeakable carnage occurred, where unknowable numbers of bodies are buried, bear witness in some way? — Sally Mann, 2015

Proud Flesh: Larry and I began this work of exploring what it means to grow older, to let the sunshine fall voluptuously on a still-beautiful form, and to spend quiet afternoons together again. No phone, no kids, two fingers of bourbon, the smell of the ether, the two of us—still in love, still at work — Sally Mann, 2009

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — Proud Flesh

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings — Proud Flesh

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, Peabody Essex Museum

All photographs Copyright ©2018 Glenn Scott Egli. All rights reserved.

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