Annie Leibovitz (photo: Paul Gilmore)
Annie Leibovitz, best known for her memorable portraits of celebrities such as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Demi Moore, shifts the focus of her camera to houses, objects and landscapes in the touring exhibit, “Pilgrimage.” The collection of 70 photographs can be viewed at the San Jose Museum of Art starting tomorrow through September 8, 2013.
For two years (2009 to 2011), Leibovitz traveled across the nation and abroad, capturing images meaningful to her - images that had a history behind them and a story to tell. There was no planned agenda, really. She just followed her instincts and was guided to her ultimate subjects - hence the title “Pilgrimage.”
Dozens of locations are represented in Leibovitz’s work, including Walden Pond, Niagara Falls, Old Faithful, and the Yosemite Valley. Her camera captures poignant treasures such as Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress and Annie Oakley’s trunk. Other photos include the hat and gloves that President Abraham Lincoln carried the night he was assassinated in 1865. Leibovitz also catalogs images of many notable homes, like Monticello, the former plantation home belonging to our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson. As with all her photos in the exhibit, it gives visitors an intimate look at how people live and where they live, even if the actual person is not in the photo. Indeed, “Pilgrimage” is a chronicle of Annie Leibovitz’s personal journey, one which she has chosen to share with us all.
More Information: Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage at San Jose Museum of Art
Address: 110 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
Exhibition Dates: June 6, 2013 - September 8, 2013
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11AM – 5PM, Closed Mondays
Admission: Adults: $8, Students/Seniors: $5