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Artist Spotlight: Ruth Orkin on the Scene

The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Ruth Orkin (1921–1985) approached her work with the aim of telling a story in a single frame.

A sharp observer of humanity, Orkin photographed Hollywood stars, renowned musicians, and everyday people on the streets of New York City, Italy, Israel, and many other locations. “If my photographs make the viewer feel what I did when I took them—‘Isn’t this funny-terrible-moving-beautiful?’—then I’ve accomplished my purpose,” she said. Today, 100 years after her birth, a recent publication and works from NMWA’s collection illuminate her singular career. FOR MORE

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Also, Latinx Artist Fellowship

Supporting the most compelling Latinx artists working in the US today

SHARE THIS: Latinx artists—people of Latin American or Caribbean descent who live and work in the US—have made significant and vital contributions to American culture. Yet these artists have lacked visibility and received little of the philanthropic or institutional support necessary to secure their place in the story of American art. Designed to address this systemic and longstanding lack of support, the Latinx Artist Fellowship will award $50,000 each to a multigenerational cohort of 15 Latinx visual artists each year for an initial commitment of five years. Administered by the US Latinx Art Forum in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts and supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, this award is the first significant prize of its kind and celebrates the plurality and diversity of Latinx artists and aesthetics.

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