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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
March 4 – May 28, 2018
West Building, Ground Floor

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Scarred Tree), 1998, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund.

For more than forty years, Sally Mann (American, born 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Mann has long written about what it means to live in the South and be identified as a southerner. Using her deep love of her native land and her knowledge of its fraught history, she asks provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings considers how Mann’s relationship with this land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South—as both homeland and graveyard, refuge and battleground—continues to permeate American identity.

Organized into five sections—Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains—and including many works not previously published or publicly shown, the exhibition is the first major survey of the artist’s work to travel internationally. Featuring some 110 photographs, 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.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

Sponsors: The exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the Trellis Fund.

Additional support is provided by Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, June 30–September 23, 2018
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, November 20, 2018–February 10, 2019
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 3–May 27, 2019
Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 17–September 22, 2019
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, October 19, 2019–January 12, 2020

More on the Artist

Related Events

Lecture
Introduction to the Exhibition—Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
March 4 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Public Symposia
History, Photography, and Race in the South: From the Civil War to Now
April 14 at 10:30
East Building Auditorium

Lecture
Crossing Paths
April 21 at noon
East Building Auditorium

Lecture
The Evidence of Things Seen and Unseen
May 20 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Audio and Video

Introduction to the Exhibition-Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Video, Released: March 27, 2018, (63:41 minutes)
Introduction to the Exhibition-Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Audio, Released: March 6, 2018, (63:41 minutes)
Interview with Janssen Evelyn
Video, Released: February 27, 2018, (4:05 minutes)
Sally Mann: Collodion and the Angel of Uncertainty
Video, Released: February 27, 2018, (9:26 minutes)
Press Event: Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Audio, Released: February 27, 2018, (21:23 minutes)
Sally Mann and Bill T. Jones
Video, Released: February 27, 2018, (6:25 minutes)
Reading from “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann
Video, Released: August 11, 2015, (55:51 minutes)
Reading from “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann
Audio, Released: June 30, 2015, (71:30 minutes)