Photographers Come Head to Head in New Exhibition at the Michener

Photographers Come Head to Head in New Exhibition at the Michener


Tête-à-Tête: Conversations in Photography Explores Photographic Dialogues Across Decades

DOYLESTOWN, PA — A new exhibition sparking photographic dialogue will open to the public at the James A. Michener Art Museum on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Tête-à-Tête: Conversations in Photography celebrates over 25 years of photographic programming at the Michener while introducing a new generation of contemporary regional photographers into its galleries. On view through September 11, 2016, the show proposes a discussion between images by presenting unique pairings, each one with a work from the Michener’s permanent collection alongside a photograph by an artist making a debut at the museum.

The first photography exhibition at the Michener was presented in 1989, and featured works from Aaron Siskind’s architectural survey of the region completed in the late 1930s. Since then, the Museum has hosted a number of exhibitions featuring photography luminaries such as Edward Curtis and Weegee, and regional masters such as Emmet Gowin, David Graham, and Michael A. Smith. Tête-à-Tête touches upon the photographic legacy of the 19th century as well as fathers of modern photography including Charles Sheeler and Siskind. New media is also represented through the work of Tim Portlock and Richard Boutwell, and the exhibition will include the debut of a photograph by Doylestown artist Diane Levell that was recently acquired by the Michener.

“Photography has evolved to represent much more than just images” said Lisa Tremper Hanover, director and CEO of the Michener. “The Tête -à-Tête exhibition underscores that photography is an act of speech and an evolving form of communication.”

“Photographs can have sophisticated conversations with one another and this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to have thematic, visual, and conceptual conversations between our collection and a celebrated group of new photographers” said Kelsey Halliday Johnson, curatorial fellow in photography and new media at the Michener Art Museum. “As a former student of Emmet Gowin’s, I’ve been engaged with the photographic history of Bucks County for well over a decade and am so honored to celebrate it through this group exhibition.”

Tête-à-Tête introduces a trajectory of photo-themed exhibitions at the Michener; shows featuring internationally renowned photographer Steve McCurry and the seldom-seen Condé Nast years of American modernist Charles Sheeler are on the horizon.

Programming for Tête-à-Tête includes Curator’s Gallery Talks on Tuesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 30 at 1 pm as well as a special Lightning Lectures and an Artist Q&A on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 pm. For more details about the exhibition and its programs, visit

Tête-à-Tête: Conversations in Photography is generously supported by Lisa, Leslie, and Aaron. The exhibition program in the Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery is presented by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.


About The James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 215.340.9800.