Curator and Art Collector Deborah Irmas to Speak at SJMA on 9/27/17

Release date 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SAN JOSÉ, California (August 30, 2017) — Deborah Irmas, curator of This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, will give a lecture about the exhibition and the photography collection at the San José Museum of Art on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 7:15 PM. Deborah Irmas’s parents, Audrey and Sydney Irmas, donated their photography collection to Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deborah Irmas will share insights into her family’s collecting philosophy, her essay for the catalogue, and more. Creative Minds: Deborah Irmas is part of SJMA’s ongoing lecture series. Tickets are $12 ($6 for Museum members) and will include the Opening Reception from 8 – 10 PM. Tickets are available to purchase at /event/creative-minds-and-opening-reception-not-selfie.

Deborah Irmas is an independent curator, art writer, collegiate educator, and documentary film producer. Audrey and Sydney Irmas began acquiring photographs with Deborah in the mid-1970s and eventually specialized in collecting self-portraiture in the early 1980s. In 1992, the Irmases donated their collection of 139 photographic self-portraits to LACMA. Since then, fifty additional works have been added to the original gift. LACMA mounted six exhibitions drawn entirely from the Irmas’s collection; and in 2015, commissioned Deborah Irmas to write the essay, “This Is Not a Selfie.” Deborah Irmas curated This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection with the curatorial team of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA. The San José Museum of Art is the first museum to debut this exhibition, on view now through January 14, 2018. SJMA’s presentation is organized by Rory Padeken, associate curator.



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