Past Exhibitions

Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography

March 27, 2012-July 31, 2012

Boston photographer F. Holland Day (1864–1933) first distinguished himself in literary circles—as a critic, bibliophile, and co-founder of the progressive publishing firm Copeland and Day. But by the turn of the century, he had established an international reputation as a leading Pictorialist photographer, striving to gain acceptance for photography as a fine art.

Making a Presence explores the multifaceted persona that Day created in his own art and in photographs taken of him by his peers. Including approximately 100 works ranging from Day’s self-portraiture, including his Jesus Christ series, to expressive portraits of him by such noted photographers as Frederick Evans, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence White, and Edward Steichen, the exhibition presents a dynamic composite portrait of an iconoclastic, independent artist, and of a man exquisitely expressive of his time.

Generous support for this exhibition and accompanying publication has been provided by the Winton Family Exhibitions Fund, Nancy B. Tieken, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., the William E. Weiss Foundation, Richard and Terry Albright, and by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.


Addison Gallery of American Art
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
March 27 - July 31, 2012

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Brunswick, ME
September 6, 2012 - December 23, 2012

Sheldon Museum of Art
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
February 1 - April 27, 2013

Visit F. Holland Day’s historic home in Norwood, Massachusetts. The house is a spectacular blend of Victorian and Arts and Crafts influences and offers a unique perspective on Day’s artistic sensibility.