SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 'WOMEN: New Portraits', an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will open in San Francisco on March 25, 2016, in The Presidio's Crissy Field at 649 Old Mason Street, a former army training facility. Access to the exhibition is free and advance booking online is recommended.
'WOMEN: New Portraits' is a continuation of a project that Leibovitz began over fifteen years ago when her most enduringly popular series of photographs, 'Women', was published in 1999 in collaboration with Susan Sontag. The new portraits feature women of outstanding achievement including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers and philanthropists. In addition to the new photographs, the exhibition includes work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs taken since.
The U.S. premiere will be marked by the launch of 'Women for Women', a UBS program on March 23 with a discussion between Annie Leibovitz and leading feminist writer and political activist, Gloria Steinem. Activating the exhibition's Talking Circle, the 'Women for Women' program of events will accompany the international exhibition tour through 2016.
Annie Leibovitz said: "When I asked UBS about updating the WOMEN's project there was no hesitation. They said let's do it, and they have been extraordinary in every way. It is such a big undertaking and a broad subject, it is like going out and photographing the ocean."
Tom Naratil, President Wealth Management Americas, and President UBS Americas, said: "This partnership is a great fit for UBS. As the largest wealth manager in the world, many of our clients are the most successful leaders in their industries, and so it seemed natural to partner with Annie, whose career and distinguished body of work is unrivaled among today's portrait photographers. We are delighted to be launching our U.S. tour in San Francisco, where Annie studied, and to be collaborating on a project that showcases and celebrates women who are at the top of their fields."
To align with their focus on education, UBS is hosting free learning programs to complement the exhibition in each of the host cities, presented in partnership with cultural organizations around the world. In San Francisco, UBS is partnering with San Francisco Art Institute, at which Leibovitz studied in the late 1960's, to present free family workshops for the duration of the exhibition run and on a special preview for photography students. UBS and the Presidio Trust are collaborating on a program of school field trips. A Teachers' Guide produced in partnership with the International Center of Photography in New York and a Children's Activity Guide are also available to teachers and the public on the exhibition website.
A set of the new photographs will enter the UBS Art Collection – one of the world's most important corporate collections of contemporary art, comprising more than 30,000 works.
WOMEN: New Portraits
Advance booking online recommended
Venue: The Presidio's Crissy Field, 649 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, 94129
Dates: 25 March – 17 April 2016
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm, Friday late until 8pm.
Notes to editors:
UBS and Contemporary Art
UBS, a global financial services firm, has a long and substantial record of engagement in contemporary art, and actively enables clients and audiences to participate in the international conversation about art through its contemporary art platform. UBS provides long-term global support to the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which the firm serves as global Lead Partner, as well as to the Guggenheim UBS MAP global partnership with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. At the core of UBS's involvement in contemporary art is the UBS Art Collection, widely recognized as one of the most important corporate contemporary art collections in the world. The collection comprises more than 30,000 objects, including paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, video art and sculptures by artists representing the last 50 years. Works from the collection are installed in 837 UBS buildings in 56 countries around the world. UBS also regularly loans works to many international museums to provide greater public access to its collection. The contemporary photography collection incorporates work by Tina Barney; Candida Hofer; Pipolotti Rist; Cindy Sherman; and Sam Taylor Wood, amongst others. Recent acquisitions include work by Thomas Demand. UBS Curators and the UBS Art Board determine the location and usage of all new acquisitions to the collection.
Art Basel in Hong Kong, Lead Partner UBS, March 24 – 26, 2016.
Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative: Under the Same Sun, South London Gallery, London, opening June 2016.
Art Basel in Basel, Lead Partner UBS, June 16 – 19, 2016
Art Basel in Miami Beach, Lead Partner UBS, December 1-4, 2016
About The Presidio & Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust was created in 1998 to transform the Presidio, once a legendary U.S. Army post, into a thriving national park at San Francisco's Golden Gate. This national historic landmark site now hosts world-class museums, 24 miles of scenic hiking trails, public leisure facilities and free events, as well as being home to the Officers' Club, the city's most historic destination for culture and food.
About Building 649
Building 649 was constructed in 1951 during the Korean War by The United States Army to house and train the Reserves of the Sixth U.S. Army. At the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 it became home to 1,500 children who had been airlifted out of Vietnam, before they were adopted by American families. This is the first time that the building, also known as Harmon Hall after a fallen soldier of the Second World War, has been open to the public.
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