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Images of the Spirit: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide

June 14–August 9, 1998

The first retrospective exhibition of photographer Graciela Iturbide (b. 1942) to be shown in the United States, Images of the Spirit is comprised of a range of the artist's images showing religious and cultural traditions of her native Mexico, the exhibition includes 104 gelatin silver prints. Iturbide makes subtle yet powerful photographs that blend evocative images of Mexican and other Latin American cultures with her own deeply personal vision and imagination. Her work is a mixture of history, lyricism, and portraiture, sometimes informed by the art of Mexico's photographic master Manuel Álvarez Bravo.


Images of the Spirit: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide has been organized by the Alfred Stieglitz Center of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


The accompanying publication, produced by Aperture in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was also supported by FEMSA, Grupo Financiero Bancomer, Seguros Monterrey Aetna, and the Photographers for Photographers Fund.


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art • June 14 - August 9, 1998
  • The William Benton Museum of Art of the University of Connecticut • October 23 - December 24, 1998
  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago • May 21 - August 29, 1999
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. • June 1 - September 24, 2000
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe • February 9 - April 22, 2001

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This exhibition and publication have been supported by the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, a joint initiative of Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), The Bancomer Cultural Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation. Additional support for the exhibition was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Michael E. Hoffman • Adjunct Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center

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