12/11/2017 Claire R. Collison

Anonymous was a Woman: Individuals and Identities

Jan 23 – Mar 9

Anonymous was a Woman: Individuals and Identities
Photographs from the permanent collection


Anonymous was a Woman: Individuals and Identities, curated from the permanent collection of the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, incorporates 17 photographic works of unidentified women. This exhibit focuses on the history of picture making and women and their place in society. By titling the show Anonymous was a Woman, we are referencing Mirra Banks’ 1978 groundbreaking film by the same title, while also focusing on the often under-documented history of women.

To engage the public in these histories, we invite visitors to participate in creative storytelling by writing their own label narratives for these images. Please follow this link to contribute to the exhibition. To broaden the scope of who can particpate we have posted a "List of Works"  included in the exhibition, to the right.

This exhibition and its programming are made in partnership with the Alice Drum Woman’s Center and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Franklin & Marshall College panel discussion: Individuals and Identities in Photography with Chanda L. Carey, Postdoctoral Fellow & Emerging Scholar of Art & Art History, Richard Kent, Professor of Art & Art History, Sharon M. Koelblinger, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and moderated by Ms. Julia Marsh, Phillips Museum of Art Curator of Exhibitions and Academic Affairs, Feb 8, 5 p.m. Gibson Gallery

Film screening: Anonymous was a Woman (1978), dir. Mirra Bank, Feb 22, 6 p.m. Gibson Gallery

Lecture: Alicia Eler, author of The Selfie Generation, Mar 7, 6 p.m. Gibson Gallery


  • Anonymous was a Woman signature image Image Credit: Unknown maker, untitled, Gelatin silver, paper, board, 20th century, Phillips Museum of Art Collection
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