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Frank Stewart’s Nexus

An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present

Special Exhibition


Included with general admission / Free for members

Black and white photograph of musicians performing on stage

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Interview with the Artist

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Frank Stewart has been engaged with music—notably gospel, blues, and jazz —since his childhood. From working in clubs in New York and Chicago, to traveling with Ahmad Jamal and his group, to his 30 years as the lead photographer of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Stewart has had unique access to the jazz community.

Enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring songs by musicians that Stewart photographed or that inspired him.

Exhibition Catalogue

Frank Stewart's Nexus catalogue cover

The scholarly publication features a preface by Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College; a conversation between Stewart and co-curator Ruth Fine that discusses artistic philosophy, race, family, friends, the natural world, and cooking; a meditation on Stewart’s art by co-curator Fred Moten; an essay on Stewart’s work within an international photographic context; an afterword by Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; and a chronology.

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Exhibition Support

The exhibition is co-organized by The Phillips Collection and Telfair Museums and curated by Ruth Fine, formerly of the National Gallery of Art in DC, and Fred Moten, poet, scholar, and professor of performance studies at NYU’s Tisch School of Fine Arts.

Generously supported by Altria Group, Presenting Sponsor

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Made possible by the Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan Exhibition Fund, the Carolyn Alper Fund for Contemporary Art, The Marion F. Goldin Charitable Fund, and the Terra Foundation for American Art

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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IMAGE: Frank Stewart, Stomping the Blues, 1997, Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in.Collection of Rob Gibson, Savannah 

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Frank Stewart Photo Challenge

Photo-a-Day Challenge

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Frank Stewart Photo-a-Day Challenge! Check out our highlights on Instagram @phillipscollection and our blog to see some of the creative submissions.