Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Trenches), 2001, gelatin silver print, 38 × 48 inches (96.5 × 121.9 cm), edition of 5 © Sally Mann. Stephen G. Stein Employee Benefit Trust.

"Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings" at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, District of Columbia.

On view March 4 through May 28, 2018.

For more than forty years, Sally Mann (b. 1951, Lexington, Virginia) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that span a broad body of work including figure studies, still lifes, and landscapes. "Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings" explores how her relationship with the South has shaped her work. Some 115 photographs, many of which have not been exhibited or published previously, offer both a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievement and a focused exploration on the continuing influence of the South on her work. Mann’s powerful and provocative work is organized into five sections: Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with essays that explore the development of Mann’s art; her family photographs; the landscape as repository of personal, cultural, and racial memory; and her debt to 19th-century photographers and techniques.

The exhibition is curated by Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, and Sarah Kennel, The Byrne Family Curator of Photography, Peabody Essex Museum.


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