Patti Smith: Camera Solo

Jun 01, 2012 to Sep 02, 2012

(All day)

Detroit Institute of Art

This is the first American museum exhibition to focus on the photography of artist, poet, and performer Patti Smith. Smith's photographs are infused with personal meaning and highlight the rich relationships between art, architecture, poetry and the everyday. This selection of images from the past decade reveals the artists, poets, authors, family and friends from whom Smith draws inspiration. The exhibition includes 70 black and white gelatin silver prints and a small selection of original Polaroids and items from Smith’s personal collection.

In the era of digital imaging and manipulation, Smith’s works champion the use of photography in its most classical sense: as a tool to document a “found” moment. She finds the poetic qualities of a particular time and place and captures that beauty on film. The photographs explore themes that have been significant in Smith’s work, including poets and writers, portraiture, travel, and art and architecture.

Equation Daumal, a 7 minute video directed by Patti Smith and shot by Jem Cohen on 16mm and super 8 film, will run continuously in the south wing screening room (2nd floor) starting daily at 1pm.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring an interview with Smith by exhibition curator Susan L. Talbott, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.