Selves and Others

Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA, USA
24 March – 23 September 2018

The most compelling photographic portraits reveal more than simply a sitter’s physical appearance—they hint at an individual’s character, suggest a psychological state or perhaps even offer a glimpse of the sitter’s soul. Drawn from the many generous gifts trustee Carla Emil and her husband Rich Silverstein have donated to SFMOMA’s collection since the late 1990s, Selves and Others explores the variety of ways photographers have addressed the complexity of identity through portraiture: of the self; of personas or avatars; of family members, lovers and friends; and of strangers. The exhibition will feature approximately 120 works made from the 19th century to the present, including photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron, Rineke Dijkstra, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing, among many others.



Left: Gillian Wearing. Self-Portrait as My Mother, Jean Gregory, 2003; gelatin silver print; fractional and promised gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Gillian Wearing

Right: Dora Maar. Double Portrait, 1930s; gelatin silver print; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris