Jack Mitchell

Fixation

from: 01.01.1970

Playwright Edward Albee describes Jack Mitchell (1925-2013) as transcending the role of photographer to that of extraordinary cultural historian. 1
As celebrity and dance photographer Jack Mitchell portrayed the entertainment industry in New York City from the 1960’s to late 1990’s. He portrayed personalities such as Anthony Quinn, Jack Nicholson, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Haring, Neil Simon, Leontyne Price, Natalie Wood, Alfred Hitchcock, David Byrne, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and many others.
Mitchell was the official photographer of the American Ballet Theater and of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He mostly shot in black and white making this preference his signature; as Kevin McKenzie, the artistic director of American Ballet Theater, said “my life is black and white”. Jack Mitchell has depicted society though it’s main characters, constantly variating the subjects but always maintaining a very personal manner.

With typically 60s disregard of high and low culture, Jack Mitchell also extensively photographed the Warhol Superstar coterie over the years. 2005, the Warhol Museum presented an exhibition of Mitchell’s photographs, “Icons and Idols.” The Joe Dallesandro image presented in Fixation was made on March 2nd 1970, and subsequently featured in After dark magazine and used for the iconic poster of Paul Morrissey’s Warhol-produced Trash movie.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Jack Mitchell Retrospective, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri
2007 The DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, FL
2006 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
2006 University of Richmond Museums, Joel and Lila Harnet Museum of Art, Richmond, VA
2005 ICONS & IDOLS: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960 – 1995″, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005
2004 The Jack Mitchell Collection, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Jack Mitchell Gallery, Orange Park, FL, 2004
2004 ICONS & IDOLS: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960 – 1995, Charles M. Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, WV, 2004 
2003 ICONS & IDOLS: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960 – 1995, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2001 Numbered Nudes, Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL
2000 Jack Mitchell / Dance Photography / Fifty Years, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA
2000 Icons & Idols of Film, Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL
1996 Retrospective, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
1991 Numbered Nudes, Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, FL
1987 Retrospective, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1987 Retrospective, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1983 Musicians and Composers, Goodman House Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Artist Lowell Nesbitt, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1982 Dancers and Musicians, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
1974 Painters and Sculptors, Bonino Gallery, New York, NY
1965 Dancers, Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
2008 Robert Rauschenberg Collaborations with Other Artists, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2002 Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
2000 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
1999 Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1999 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
1998 Musee de La Mode, Marseilles, France
1998 Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
1998 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
1997-1998 The Warhol Look / Glamour / Style / Fashion, The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
1991 New York Stories, Douglas Drake Gallery, New York, NY
1991 The Fugitive Gesture, Performing Arts Museum, San Francisco, CA
1990 Art for Artists’ Sake, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
1990 The Humanist Icon, Edwin Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
1990 The Humanist Icon, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
1990 The Humanist Icon, Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
1989 The Fugitive Gesture, National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY
1984 Photography and American Ballet Theater, Dyansen Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Figure Della Danza, Teatro Municipale “R. Valli”, Regio Emilia, Italy
1982 The Fleeting Gesture, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
1981 The Artist Photographed, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
1976 The Photographer and The Artist, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1972 Warhol Factory People, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Awards

2003 Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts (www.thcenter.org) Jack Mitchell Gallery
2002 Dance Magazine Award 2002
2001 Atlantic Center for the Arts – Award of Excellence
1999 PhotoHighway.Com – Outstanding Achievement in Photography

Collections

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Art Center Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
John Lennon Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Metropolitan Opera Portrait Gallery, New York, NY
National Portrait Gallery, London, England
Paris Opera Photography Gallery, Paris, France
Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, Orange Park, FL
Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Bibliography

Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960-1995, Amphoto Art, Watson-Guptill-1998, Foreword by Edward Albee
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Jack Mitchell Photographs, Andrews and McMeel-1993, Foreword by Judith Jamison Introduction by Richard Philp
MARISOL, Mobil Oil of Latin America-1968, Photographs of Sculptor’s Art
Dance Scene USA, World-1967, Text by Clive Barnes
American Dance Portfolio, Dodd Mead-1964, Foreword by Walter Terry

  1. “Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White” 2006 documentary by Craig B. Highberger. http://www.jackmitchellmovie.com/  <