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April 16, 2009

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Presents Torrijos: The Man and The Myth, Photographs by Graciela Iturbide

April 7 – June 1, 2009

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture
410-455-3370
tmoore@umbc.edu

Note: You may view or download this release as a pdf file.

Graciela Iturbide General Torrijos visits the Guaymi 1974 pigment on archival rag paper 30 x 30 inches Courtesy of the artistThe Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Torrijos: The Man and The Myth, Photographs by Graciela Iturbide from April 7 through June 1, an exhibition of previously unviewed photographs of Graciela Iturbide, one of Mexico's most celebrated photographers. The photographs celebrate the figure of General Omar Torrijos, Panama's leader from 1968 through 1981 and one of the best-known Latin American figures of the 20th century. Iturbide explores, in an intensely personal homage, an era through the persona of a single man whose changing role in history was emblematic of the times. She establishes both place and identity not only of her distinguished subject, but also the context of country and the land itself, in aesthetic and vernacular style alike.

Graciela Iturbide studied filmmaking and still photography at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México from 1969 to 1972 and apprenticed with Manuel Álvarez Bravo in 1970 and 1971. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held around the world, including OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Robert Miller Gallery, New York; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterey, Mexico; and Casa del Lago, New Mexico. She is the recipient of a Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (1987) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988) and is one of Latin America's major artists. She is the author of three books and many catalogues. She lives in Mexico City.

Torrijos: The Man and The Myth, Photographs by Graciela Iturbide is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Umbrage Editions, which has published an accompanying book, Torrijos: The Man and the Myth, featuring an essay by Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez.

Gallery Information
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery serves as one of the principal art galleries in the Baltimore region. Objects from the Special Collections Department, as well as art and artifacts from all over the world, are displayed in challenging and informative exhibitions for the University community and the public. Moreover, traveling exhibitions are occasionally presented, and the Gallery sends some exhibits on tour to other institutions nationwide. Admission to the Gallery and its programs is free.

Acknowledgements
The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a project grant from the Baltimore County Commission of the Arts and Sciences. Additional support is provided by the Friends of the Library & Gallery and individual contributions.

Hours
Sunday: 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Monday: 12 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Tuesday: 12 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Wednesday: 12 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Thursday: 12 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Friday: 12 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Saturday: 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Graciela Iturbide Guaymi woman 1974 pigment on archival rag paper 24 x 20 inches Courtesy of the artist

Telephone
UMBC Artsline (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
General Gallery information: 410-455-2270

Web
UMBC Arts & Culture Calendar: http://www.umbc.edu/arts
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/gallery/
UMBC News Releases: http://www.umbc.edu/news

Images for Media
High resolution images for media are available online:
http://www.umbc.edu/newsevents/arts/hi-res/
or by email or postal mail.

Directions
UMBC is located approximately 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore and 20 minutes from I-495.
-- From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Walker Avenue Garage or Albin O. Kuhn Library.
-- From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Walker Avenue Garage or Albin O. Kuhn Library.
-- From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Walker Avenue Garage or Albin O. Kuhn Library.
-- Daytime metered visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue Garage. Visitor parking regulations are enforced on all University calendar days.

Graciela Iturbide General Torrijos on one of his visits to the countryside in Panama 1975 pigment on archival rag paper 20 x 20 inches Courtesy of the artist

Posted by tmoore at April 16, 2009 1:20 PM