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Where Do I Go From Here? Snapshots of Twentieth-Century Life

Featuring a selection of American vernacular photographs recently donated to the Museum, this exhibition explores how amateur photographers circumvented and at times unsettled assumptions about what a portrait might be.

Introduction

Featuring a selection of American vernacular photographs recently donated to the Museum by New York collector Peter Cohen, this exhibition explores how amateur photographers circumvented and at times unsettled assumptions about what a portrait might be. It also demonstrates how subjects established and experimented with their sense of identity through photography.

Works in the Exhibition

"Niagra Falls," ca. 1920, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Niagra Falls," ca. 1920, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

""[Where Do I Go From Here?]," 1920, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

""[Where Do I Go From Here?]," 1920, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Shooting Group," ca. 1935, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Shooting Group," ca. 1935, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Boy with Tongue Out," 1940, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Boy with Tongue Out," 1940, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Man on Roof," ca. 1940, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Man on Roof," ca. 1940, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"German Siblings on a Boat," ca. 1940, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"German Siblings on a Boat," ca. 1940, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Man Wanted," ca. 1945, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Man Wanted," ca. 1945, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Guess What I'm Doing," ca. 1945, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Guess What I'm Doing," ca. 1945, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Hold Up," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print by unknown artist. Collection of Peter Cohen.

"Hold Up," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print by unknown artist. Collection of Peter Cohen.

"Two Woman by a Car," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Two Woman by a Car," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Gesturing Man," 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Gesturing Man," 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Two Women by a Car," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Two Women by a Car," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Children Eating Watermelon," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Children Eating Watermelon," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Woman Milking Cow," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Woman Milking Cow," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Man Swinging from a Beam," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Man Swinging from a Beam," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Jules in her Cherr Suit," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Jules in her Cherr Suit," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Dining Couple," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Dining Couple," ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Parachuter," ca. 1960, gelatin silver print.  Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Parachuter," ca. 1960, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of Peter Cohen. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Visiting the Exhibition

November 3, 2016 - December 31, 2016

    Becker Gallery