Black and white photograph portrait of Sylvia Plath

Studio photograph of Sylvia Plath (with brown hair) by Warren Kay Vantine / Photograph, 1954 / Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts / © Estate of Sylvia Plath

Una Vida: Sylvia Plath

Desde el 30 de junio de 2017 hasta el 20 de mayo de 2018
Primer piso

“Una Vida: Sylvia Plath” es la primera exploración de la vida de la poeta y escritora en un museo de arte e historia. La exhibición revela cómo Plath formó su identidad visualmente a medida que alcanzó su madurez como escritora en la década de 1950. Los visitantes verán la vida personal de Plath y su naturaleza doble que explicó como sus personalidades “de pelo castaño” y “platino”. A través de cartas personales, su propia obra de arte, fotografías familiares y objetos relevantes, esta exhibición resalta la lucha de Plath para comprender su propio ser y para enfrentar las presiones sociales impuestas a las mujeres jóvenes durante su época. Su tesis de la Universidad Smith, “El Espejo Mágico: Un Estudio de Ambas en Dos de las Novelas de Dostoevsky”, sugiere que ella adoptó un enfoque académico para el estudio de su propia personalidad doble.

The exhibition features a carefully selected array of images and objects from the Plath archives at Smith College and Indiana University's Lilly Library, two collections that have never been brought together before in a museum exhibition.  Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the Portrait Gallery, is curator of this show, joined by guest co-curator Karen Kukil, associate curator of rare books and manuscripts at Smith College.

  • Photograph of a man and woman with a baby sitting on the grass

    Plath Family |  Aurelia Greenwood Schober  |  1933, Photograph  |  Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • cartoon-like illustrations of a house and family

    "Twas the Night Before Monday"  |  Sylvia Plath |  Undated, Paper |  Courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana © Estate of Sylvia Plath

  • Young woman in the 1950s standing with her bike in front of a house.

    Sylvia Plath standing beside her bicycle, Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1951  |  Marcia B. Stern  |  Photograph, 1951  |  Courtesy Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College, Northampton,  Massachusetts

  • Studio photograph of Sylvia Plath (with brown hair) |  Warren Kay Vantine |  1954, Photograph |  College Archives, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts  © Estate of Sylvia Plath

  • Woman in a white bathingsuit with blond hair lying on the beach

    Sylvia "Marilyn" Shot | Gordon Ames Lameyer |  June 1954, Photograph | Courtesy The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

  • black and white photo of a young man and woman in white shirts his arm is around her waist.

    Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath in Yorkshire, England  | Harry Ogden |  1956, Photograph | Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • Sylvia Plath with Frieda and Nicholas, Court Green |  Siv Arb | April 1962, Photo blow-up |  Courtesy Writer Pictures © Writer Pictures Ltd.

  • Sylvia Plath | Rollie McKenna  |  1959 (printed later), Gelatin silver print |  National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Rollie McKenna  © Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation, courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation

  • Glass Heart (Bells for Sylvia Plath)  | Jenny Olivia Johnson (born - 07 May 1978) | 2013, Glass bell jars, audio, LED light | Jenny Olivia Johnson