University Museum

Lotte Jacobi's America: Images of Her Adopted Land

January 24 - March 29, 2019

Celebrate the photography of Lotte Jacobi with us, with an exhibit of more than 50 of her images. This special exhibition, entitled Lotte Jacobi’s America: Images of her Adopted Land, is guest curated by New Hampshire Artist Laureate, Gary Samson, Emeritus Professor of Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and longtime friend and protégé of Jacobi.

Read about the exhibit in the New Hampshire Union Leader: Captivating Lotte Jacobi images at UNH include portraits of Albert Einstein, J.D. Salinger.

Walkthrough & Opening Reception

January 24, 4 p.m. interpretive walkthrough with Gary Samson
January 24, 5-7 p.m. reception

About the Exhibit

Drawn from the University’s extensive Jacobi archive, the exhibit features photographs taken by Jacobi after she left Germany and emigrated to America in 1935. Jacobi continued her craft in exile, first in New York, with her portraiture, cityscapes, and abstract photogenics over a period of twenty years. After making portraits of the nation’s creative and intellectual giants including Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Theodore Dreiser, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marc Chagall and J.D. Salinger, she moved to New Hampshire in the mid 50s, where her photographs often captured rural life; nevertheless, she continued to make portraits of creative luminaries such as Robert Frost, Edward Steichen, May Sarton, and Minor White, among others.

Samson recognizes that a retrospective exhibit of Lotte Jacobi’s archive at UNH is long overdue. As guest curator, he aims to make this one different by focusing on her post emigration photography, adding that “it will be great to share her particular vision of America through rarely seen images of the leading intellectuals, writers, artists, and performers of the 20th century that she engaged and photographed in her own distinctive approach to photographic portraiture.”

Talking About Lotte

February 20, 4-6 p.m.
In February, the UNH Library will host a related program: "Talking about Lotte," which will feature the recollections of guest curator Gary Samson, with historical commentary presented by Hyewon Yoon, Lecturer in Art and Art History, University of New Hampshire. The talk will be moderated by Janet Polasky, Presidential Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. It will take place in the Special Collections Reading Room, Dimond Library, Room 101. The snow date is Wednesday, February 27, same time and location.

The Jacobi exhibit is scheduled to run with the UNH Museum of Art exhibition entitled Yoav Horesh: Aftermath, which also opens from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on January 24, 2019. The public is invited to both events.

Museum Location

The University Museum is located on level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Museum Hours

Monday through Friday 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00–7:00 p.m. (during regular semester hours)
Closed between exhibits
See the Hours page for regular Library hours and exceptions.