Kenneth Josephson & Marilyn Zimmerwoman
Kenneth Josephson was born on July 1, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1953, after serving with the United States Army in Germany, Josephson was trained in photolithography and aerial reconnaissance photography. In 1957, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York. In 1960, Josephson earned a master’s degree from the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
After earning his master’s degree in 1960, Josephson worked at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1960 to 1997, when he retired. In 1963 he co-founded – along with thirty other notable photographers – the Society for Photographic Education. In 1972, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship grant by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 1975 and in 1979 he was awarded with the NEA grant by the National Endowment for the Arts agency.
Many of his collections are found in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington; the National Museum of American Art; and the Bibliothèque National in Paris. His works have been part of exhibitions in Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and France. In fall 2013, a major retrospective of his work, “Been There, Done That” and “Nudes” was shown in Chicago at Stephen Daiter Gallery and Jennifer Norback Fine Art, respectively. He is represented by Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago.
Marilyn Zimmerwoman, M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and Artist in Residence at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her social documentary work presents feminist views of the post-nuclear family, Detroit’s activist communities, and post-industrial identities. Zimmerwoman is a consummate teacher of social justice, incorporating feminist, gender, racial, class, and economic issues in the service of raising greater consciousness. As an artist, activist, and educator, her life’s work has been dedicated to inspiring cultural transformation.
She has collaborated with Kenneth Josephson on a self-portraiture of feminist identity which includes tactical media disruptions through “cultural jamming.” Incorporating the iconic Marilyn via images within images, the flat image of commodified perfection is subsumed with her own dynamic representations.
Her singular works are collected in the Detroit Institute of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Selected public collections include: Tate Modern, London; Corcoran Museum Library, Washington DC; National Coalition Against Censorship, NY; Institute of Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan; Webster University, Vienna, Austria; Columbia University; and University of Leeds.