Free Art Talk Discusses Life and Work of Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, silver print, 1989

Learn about the life and art of photographer Sally Mann at a free art talk with Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Speaker on the Arts Amanda Dalla Villa Adams on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Piedmont Arts.

Adams will provide an overview of Mann’s career by focusing on her photographic processes, influences and transitions while highlighting her major works.

A nearly lifelong resident of Rockbridge County, Virginia, Mann developed her first photograph in April 1969. During the 1970s, Mann took photographs of women, the Virginia countryside, still lives and nudes. In 1983, Mann turned her camera almost exclusively to adolescent girls and then began taking photographs of her own children in 1984. Beginning in 1993, Mann returned to making landscape photographs, which she has continued to make into the present. In 2018, the National Gallery of Art presented a traveling retrospective, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, which includes new portraits, still lifes, and landscapes.

Adams is an independent curator, art and culture writer, educator, and historian. She earned a BFA in sculpture from VCU and an MA in art history and certificate in museum studies from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a doctoral student of Art History at VCU.

A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:30 pm. Talk will begin at 6 pm. Admission is free of charge. Please RSVP attendance to 276.632.3221 or online here.

Sally Mann’s Photographs is part of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Speakers on the Arts program, available to Statewide Partners of the VMFA. This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Melon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.


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