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Lester & Betty Guttman Photo Collection on Display

Smart Museum's latest exhibit


A new photography exhibit named for a line in Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book of poetry, has opened at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum. There Was a Whole Collection Made pulls together 830 photographs that couple Lester and Betty Guttman collected over their 50-year marriage. The Guttmans, who both worked at Argonne National Laboratory, gifted the collection in 2014. It’s on display now through Dec. 30 and is organized into numerous themes like documentary, photographic experimentation, living with art and 15 minutes of fame. More than 400 artists are represented, including Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Chuck Close and David Octavius Hill.

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