How Is the World? Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Photography


Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, March 8, 2013

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, hasn’t come to be known as a photography powerhouse by sitting still. It’s showing off its active acquisition program with “How Is the World? Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Photography,” which opens Saturday.

Although the show includes such nationally well-known names as Edward Burtynsky and Hank Willis Thomas, you should check out the work of Kate O’Donovan Cook. A 2008 graduate of Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art, the photographer is know for her uncannily theatrical self-portraits.

Also worth looking for are Cynthia Connolly’s “Letters on Top of Buildings.” Though not technically a part of the “How Is the World?” show, several photos from Connolly’s black-and-white series spotlighting architectural signage were recently acquired by the museum and are currently on view. It’s a feather in the cap of the Virginia photographer, a 1985 graduate of the Corcoran College of Art.