FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – June 3, 2013 – The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera” on June 22, 2013. Yeager, a lifelong resident of South Florida, made a name for herself first as a model in the early 1950s, and then as the best-known woman glamour photographer of “the golden age of pin-up photography.”
Bunny Yeager will discuss her work at “A Dialogue with Bunny Yeager,” an event free and open to the public, from 3–4 p.m. on June 29, 2013, at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale Horvitz Auditorium. Yeager and museum curator Peter Boswell will explore topics in Yeager’s career, including Yeager’s first photo shoot in over 20 years.
Yeager’s rapport with her models was one of her strengths as a photographer. Her experience working as a model made her familiar with the trade and established an atmosphere of trust. Yeager’s models look energetic, confident, independent, and imbued with a vitality not necessarily found in the work of her male contemporaries.
Once she had established a reputation as a photographer, Yeager produced a series of books, primarily “how to” manuals about how to photograph the human figure, including the famous 1964 “How I Photograph Myself.”
Yeager took advantage of her South Florida surroundings by frequently coordinating photo shoots outdoors in the bright sun, while most of her New York-based competition was forced to work in studios.
The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale exhibition will include images from Yeager’s first photo shoots with Bettie Page (often referred to as the "Queen of the Pinups”), as well as images from a new photo shoot with actress and model Paz de la Huerta. Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page met in 1954, and the resulting images rocketed them both to fame. Paz de la Huerta is well-known for her role in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” and her photos are the product of Yeager’s first photo shoot in over twenty years.
As a companion show, the museum will feature “Woman’s World: Contemporary Views of Women by Women.” The exhibition includes over forty works by 25 artists working from the 1950s to the present, including Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Annie Leibovitz, Lorna Simpson, Shirin Neshat and Rineke Dijkstra. The photographs are all drawn from public and private collections in South Florida. The show demonstrates the impact of feminism on cultural attitudes toward women and the development of photography as an art form. The result is a lively and diverse approach to the representation of women in contemporary culture.
The two exhibitions are the most recent installments in the Museum of Art’s Foto Fort Lauderdale initiative, an exciting new series of high-caliber photographic exhibitions that give photography a permanent, year-round home. Foto Fort Lauderdale is complemented by a wide array of related workshops, lectures, and in-gallery activities. Stiles presents Foto Fort Lauderdale in association with Greenberg Traurig and Northern Trust Bank. “Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera” is organized in cooperation with Galeire Schuster Berlin. Additional support provided by The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach.