Lakeland, FL.- The Polk Museum of Art will display photographs from Jessica Lange’s Mexico portfolio in a new exhibition, “Jessica Lange: In Mexico,” which will run from September 17th through December 10th. Throughout the recent decades, as photography has been thrust onto the scene as a legitimate art form, photographers have increasingly defined themselves more personally. In Jessica Lange’s photography, art lovers witness a fusion of intimacy and curiosity. Far from reputations as mere journalists or commercial sentimentalists, photographers have become the eyes of the art world and the bridge between manual creation and technological production, and Lange is no exception.
She focuses on the personal side of contemporary photography. Although the images are unmistakably Mexican, this portfolio showcases more than glimpses into another culture; Lange successfully uses a photographer’s sensibilities to conjure a broad representation of her own experience.
Jessica Lange, a critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning actress, studied art at the University of Minnesota before launching a modeling and acting career. Her movie credits include “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky,” both of which earned her an Academy Award. She also has won four Golden Globes and an Emmy. In addition, she has received much attention in the art community of late as an emerging photographer and previously exhibited at the George Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography. More recently, her photographs were exhibited at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Centro Niemeyer in Mexico City. The exhibition will be celebrated at a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 16th, at the Museum.
Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. It was originally established by the Junior Welfare League in 1966 and called the Imperial Youth Museum. The museum was renamed Polk Public Museum in 1969 as part of its expanded focus on art, history, and science. The museum's current name was adopted as part of its first building campaign in the 1980s. The museum currently displays art from the Pre-Columbian era through the contemporary, featuring hundreds of works each year in a variety of exhibits. These exhibits often revolve around a central theme or idea and link artworks from the ancient past with those of modern artists. Polk Museum boasts a permanent collection of over 2,500 works and a number of traveling exhibits which provide diverse displays that include American folk art, modern masters, japanese prints and textiles, african art, a permanent Pre-Columbian display, and much more. Visit the museum's website at ... www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.