The Indestructible Lee Miller Opens in Fort Lauderdale

Posted August 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm in Art, News

Lee Miller SS2Lee Miller (1907-1977; American). Floating Head (Mary Taylor), 1933 Vintage gelatin silver print
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Albertina, Vienna
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale gallery will be exploring the extraordinary life of the American artist and photographer Lee Miller in an exhibition entitled The Indestructible Lee Miller. Opening in October this year, the show considers Miller’s life from a variety of perspectives as model, muse and artist. Miller (1907-1977) was the model of influential photographers such as Edward Steichen and Arnold Genthe during the 1920s. In the the 1930s she was the assistant, collaborator and muse of surrealist artist Man Ray.

Lee Miller SS1Lee Miller (1907-1977; American). Fire Masks, 1941. Modern exhibition digital print
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Albertina, Vienna
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved.

Subsequenly she became renowned as a pioneering fine art, fashion, and war photographer whose images of the London Blitz, liberation of Paris, and Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps were among the most significant images of World War II.

Lee Miller SS3Lee Miller (1907-1977; American)  Exploding Hand, c.1930  Vintage gelatin silver print
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Albertina, Vienna
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved

Featuring more than 90 works, the exhibition aims to illustrate how her experience as a model for Vogue and for Man Ray influenced her practice as a photographer and artist. She was profoundly affected by her experiences in the Second World War and after it, she returned to England, married artist and art critic Roland Penrose, and ceased taking photographs.

by Caroline Simpson

The Indestructible Lee Miller is organised by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, in partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

Works from the 1920s to 1950s by Miller, Man Ray, Sacha Masour, Roland Penrose, and others, on view October 4,
2015 – February 28, 2016

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale,  One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: 954-525-5500
Email: emccrater@moafl.org

An illustrated catalogue titled Lee Miller published by Albertina and Hatje Cantz accompanies the
exhibition and will be available at the NSU Art Museum  Store.

To order call 954-262-0255 or email: museumstore@moafl.org

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