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CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM “STUDIO MALICK” EXHIBITION EXPLORES MALI INDEPENDENCE IN PHOTOS, OPENS MAY 25
Winter Park, Fla. (March 29, 2013)—The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College will feature Malick Sidibé’s exuberant photographs of Malian people as they gained independence from France as part of Studio Malick, which opens at the museum May 25. The exhibition, free and open to the public, will run through December 1.
Studio Malick features the lively black-and-white photographs of Sidibé, a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. Sidibé’s photos capture a unique perspective of a time of political transition and cultural liberation as Mali gained independence from France in 1960. Sidibé’s ubiquitous lens chronicled the youth culture of fashion, music, and dancing that exploded in this once-conservative West African nation.
Building on his status as a local celebrity, Sidibé opened the eponymous Studio Malick and further distinguished himself by inflecting the sincerity of studio portraiture with the energy and flash of the emergent youth culture. Through the use of pose, props, and attention to personality, Studio Malick not only fulfilled its clients’ aspirational dreams of self-presentation, but also transcended the immediate circumstances of 1960s and ‘70s Mali to present a nuanced study of human character.
In recent years, Sidibé has been celebrated internationally for the strength and insight of his photographs. Through his active negotiations with his various subjects and clienteles, he has also ensured the mobility of his photographs as social objects, from the point of sale in a storefront studio to their display in a middle-class Bamako home and eventually the walls of museums and galleries across the world.
With a diversity of photographic objects—original proofs, recent enlargements of studio portraits, along with the vintage prints displayed in hand-painted frames, this exhibition explores both the art and commerce of Studio Malick.
Studio Malick was organized by diChroma Photography, Madrid, with the collaboration of the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago. The exhibition will travel to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, in Spring 2014.
ABOUT THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM AND ROLLINS COLLEGE
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Its encyclopedic collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including rare Old Master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell’s public hours are: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is offering FREE ADMISSION to all in celebration of its 35th anniversary. For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit cfam.rollins.edu
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