Actress Jessica Lange is a seasoned photographer, with an exhibition record that includes shows at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and ROSEGALLERY in L.A. The Arts Santa Mònica Center in Barcelona just opened a solo exhibition, Unseen with 150 images that Lange took over the last 20 years, during her travels across Mexico and the U.S. In 1967, Lange got a scholarship from the University of Minnesota to study art and photography, but she dropped out to travel to Europe instead, where she began taking mime and acting classes in Paris in 1971. She became a model, got discovered by Hollywood and the rest is herstory. In the 1990s, when her then-partner—the actor Sam Shepard —gave her a Leica as a present and Lange began shooting again. The work is a bit Lisette Model the teacher of the oft-imitated Diane Arbus. Lange doesn’t date her photographs, and only provides a location as a title, which emphasizes even further their timeless appearance…. and from the subject matter here, you can see why Lange loved American Horror Story. When Anne Morin, the curator of the exhibition, asked her what she had aimed to capture in her photographs, the famously cryptic Lange simply said:
“Oh, things I see.”
Unseen will be on view in Barcelona through June 28.