Exhibition

Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker

On view July 13, 2019 to November 11, 2019

For more than 40 years, Olivia Parker has explored the relationships between vision, knowledge and the natural world. From deceptively simple still lifes that transform the commonplace to her most recent work exploring memory loss, this is the first exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of Parker’s extensive career. Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker features more than 100 intricately composed works that reflect the artist’s wide creative range and unflagging curiosity.

Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Susan and Appy Chandler, Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation, Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard and Kate and Ford O'Neil. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Olivia Parker, Shell in a Landscape, 2011. Inkjet print. © Olivia Parker
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Olivia Parker, Child, 1980. Dye diffusion print. © Olivia Parker
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Olivia Parker, Orchids from the Ephemera Portfolio, 1977. Gelatin silver print. © Olivia Parker
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Olivia Parker, Order of Imagination, 1991. Gelatin silver print. © Olivia Parker
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Olivia Parker, Evidence, 1977. Gelatin silver print. © Olivia Parker
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©2019 Peabody Essex Museum, Photography by Kathy Tarantola
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Olivia Parker, Sea Creatures, 2014. Inkjet print. © Olivia Parker
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©2019 Peabody Essex Museum, Photography by Kathy Tarantola
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Olivia Parker, Honeymoon, 2016. Inkjet print. © Olivia Parker
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©2019 Peabody Essex Museum, Photography by Kathy Tarantola

"At their frequent best, these images are marvelousness made visible. Marvelousness is to be expected when, as here, invention and slyness and seemingly boundless curiosity come together." - The Boston Globe

 

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