A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close, Poems by Bob Holman

March 1 – June 15, 2008

A Couple of Ways of Doing Something featured fifteen of Chuck Close’s delicately intimate daguerreotypes (including striking enlargements) of leading contemporary artists, paired with Bob Holman’s witty and beautifully typeset poems. As individual portraits, each daguerreotype offers an immensely revealing study of the subject, extending the hyperrealist tradition of portraiture for which Close is renowned.

The exhibition included examples of his other works, taken from each daguerreotype, in a variety of challenging photographic media, including tapestries and photogravures. The result was a transfixing group portrait of Close’s influential and highly creative circle of friends and colleagues.

Aperture, a not-for-profit organization devoted to photography and the visual arts, has organized this traveling exhibition and produced the accompanying publication. This project was made possible through the generous support of Lannan Foundation and Carey C. Shuart.Locally, this exhibition is generously supported by Vision Tacoma. Education programming is sponsored by Jon and Mary Shirley.