The historical importance of photojournalist Cherel Ito’s documentary film work has recently been made even more visible at the National Museum of Women in the Arts inWashington,D.C.
A permanent plaque, outside the entryway to the third floor gallery, has been installed in Cherel’s honor. The glass plaque, etched with the words “In Memoriam Cherel Ito Photojournalist,” has been mounted on the wall with two circular disks and will be viewed by scores of gallery visitors each year.
What a beautiful tribute to a woman whose work sits in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts along with distinguished documentary photojournalists Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Nan Goldin, Eudora Welty, Constance Stuart Larabee, Lola Ὰlvarez and others.
A collection of images by documentary photojournalists has continued to grow since the Museum’s opening in 1987. When looking for prospective artists to add to the museum’s archives, the Works of Art Committee considers how “art works may enhance particular areas of the collection and also how they may help tell story of women artists shaping historical and contemporary art movements,” according to Kathryn Wat, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the NMWA.
Ito’s photographic image from her American Indian Nation series was featured in NMWA’s 2011 exhibition Trove:The Collection In-Depth. The untitled black and white photograph of traditionally dressed native American children holding a can of Coca-Cola, is indicative of time-honored garb passed down through generations yet, a touch of modern day culture is captured in the photograph; testimony to Ito’s sharp eye, as a documentary photographer.
If you get a chance to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts inWashington,D.C., stop by the third floor gallery and check out the new plaque. Pay homage to one of America’s very finest documentary photojournalists of our time.
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