Judy Dater: Only Human

Judy Dater: Only Human


Spanning five decades of the artist’s work, Judy Dater: Only Human is the first exhibition in over twenty years to explore the career of Bay Area photographer Judy Dater. This exhibition will provide a survey of Dater’s work, celebrating her achievement as a pioneering figure in 1970s feminist art and her subsequent creative evolution.

Living most of her life in California, Judy Dater (b. 1941) grew up in Hollywood with the influence of cinema amplified by the hours she spent in her father’s movie theater. This early exposure to the realm of the visual led her to study art at the University of California, Los Angeles and later San Francisco State University (SFSU), where she earned her degrees (BA 1963, MA 1966). At SFSU, Dater committed more seriously to photography and her early talent was encouraged by several prominent members from the West Coast’s Group f.64 and its followers, including Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston.

Though the theme of feminism remains present in Dater’s work through the decades, her compositions increase in narrative depth and implication over time. Her self-portraits incorporating the landscape of the Southwest use geographic features as subtle allusions that reveal the weight of social constructs.

Judy Dater
Only Human
April 7 – September 16, 2018

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
deyoung.famsf.org

Judy Dater, "Self-portrait with Stone, Badlands, South Dakota", 1981. Gelatin silver print, 14 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. on 16 x 20 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, “Self-portrait with Stone, Badlands, South Dakota”, 1981. Gelatin silver print, 14 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. on 16 x 20 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, 'My Hands, Death Valley, Death Valley, California', 1980. Gelatin silver print, 14 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. print on 16 x 20 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, ‘My Hands, Death Valley, Death Valley, California’, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 14 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. print on 16 x 20 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, 'Maxine Hong Kingston, Berkeley, California', 2015. Archival pigment print, 44 1/2 x 35 in. print on 45 1/2 x 36 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, ‘Maxine Hong Kingston, Berkeley, California’, 2015. Archival pigment print, 44 1/2 x 35 in. print on 45 1/2 x 36 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, 'Mustafa Hussein, Cairo, Egypt', 1980. Archival pigment print, 13 x 10 1/4 in. print on 17 x 11 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, ‘Mustafa Hussein, Cairo, Egypt’, 1980. Archival pigment print, 13 x 10 1/4 in. print on 17 x 11 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, 'Russ Ellis, Berkeley, California', 2003. Archival pigment print, 44 1/2 x 35 in. print on 45 1/2 x 36 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, ‘Russ Ellis, Berkeley, California’, 2003. Archival pigment print, 44 1/2 x 35 in. print on 45 1/2 x 36 in. sheet. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, 'Twinka and Tree, San Anselmo, California', 1970. Gelatin silver print, 13 1/16 x 10 in. print on 20 x 16 in. board. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater

Judy Dater, ‘Twinka and Tree, San Anselmo, California’, 1970. Gelatin silver print, 13 1/16 x 10 in. print on 20 x 16 in. board. Collection of the artist. © Judy Dater


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