Director of Public Programming
DPFA Presents The Picture Man Exibit
CHICAGO, September 29, 2010 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing is hosting the inspiring exhibition, The Picture Man: Photographs by Milton Rogovin, from Thursday, October 7, through Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, located on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.
Having recently turned 100 years old, exhibition artist Milton Rogovin is considered one of the great social documentary photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He focused his career on the working class, saying that “the rich have their own photographers. I have chosen to photograph the poor.” The Picture Man: Photographs by Milton Rogovin presents a unique opportunity to be inspired by the artist’s 50-year commitment to promoting justice through his photographs of working class people from around the world. His work celebrates the dignity and strength of individuals often marginalized by society as much as it raises awareness among the public of persistent social and economic inequalities.
“This survey of Rogovin’s career honors common people, including exploited miners in ten different nations, neglected Native Americans, Appalachians, storefront church congregations, and the working poor of his own hometown, Buffalo, New York ,where he photographed the same individuals and families over a 30-year period,” said James Jensen, associate professor in Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “Honored to present Rogovin’s work, the department chose this exhibition as a testament to the passion and commitment that always informs important art.”
Throughout his accomplished photographic career, Rogovin’s work has appeared in more than 160 journals, magazines, and other publications. He has participated in more than 30 group shows and 60 solo exhibitions, and has had 11 books published on his photography in addition to his own documentary film, The Rich Have Their Own Photographers. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than two dozen prominent museums around the world, including the Biblotheque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
To celebrate the opening of The Picture Man: Photographs by Milton Rogovin, Loyola will host an opening reception on Thursday, October 7, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free of cost, the event will include a viewing and discussion of Rogovin’s documentary film, The Rich Have Their Own Photographers, which will begin at 6 p.m. and be led by Professor Jensen.
No tickets or reservations are necessary for this exhibition, but please RSVP to Gallery@LUC.edu if you plan on attending the opening reception. Visit LUC.edu/dfpa for exhibition hours. Please call the box office at 773.508.3847 for more information.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre and the Visual Arts and provides quality arts education to students studying any of the arts. This new alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus have inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola. This unification has also inspired innovative public programming that engages several art forms.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.