WENY News - Rockwell Museum opens new exhibit from Smithsonian

Rockwell Museum opens new exhibit from Smithsonian

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Friday marks the opening of the Yousuf Karsh American Portraits at the Rockwell Museum. Karsh, who is known for his photography, is the one behind the lens for well-known portraits might have seen in publications like Life Magazine.

"I think it's special because Yousuf Karsh was a master at capturing the personalities of the 20th century," said Rockwell Museum Executive Director, Brian Lee Whisenhunt. "He was really well-known for his portraits and the reason that he was able capture so much of their personality and who they were was that he worked to develop a rapport with each sitter and talk to them and learn about them. He said that the heart and mind were the true lens of the camera."

The entire exhibit contains 48 pictures taken by Karsh, spanning people like Walt Disney to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. With all the pictures being on loan from the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.. 

"The Rockwell has been a Smithsonian affiliate since 2015 and we've hosted numerous lectures, programs and allowed collaborative educational opportunities in the community with the Smithsonian," said Whisenhunt. "But this is the first time we're hosting an exhibition that's on loan from the Smithsonian Institution Museum."

Museum officials say to bring an exhibit like this to life requires a lot of planning.

"So this started several years ago when the opportunity arose for us to consider hosting this exhibition," said Whisenhunt. "There's a lot of paperwork and a lot of negotiation on time and dates and travel to make it all happen. So it's a lot of busy work. A lot of office work to make an exhibition like this come together."

If you'd like to check out the exhibit for yourself, it'll be on display through May 5th. 

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