Yesterday afternoon, my daughter Daena and I went to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC to view the just opened exhibit, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005.
I have always loved Leibovitz’s work, from the Lennon/Ono shot taken just hours before he was literally shot in 1981, to Queen Elizabeth’s portrait taken by Leibovitz just this year, and everything in between.
But I should have known I could not escape the liberal agenda even there.
Naive me, I didn’t know until yesterday Leibovitz is a lesbian….
But she infused her entire exhibit with photos of the life and slow demise of her lover, Susan Sontag, who not incidentally died of breast cancer in 2004, prevalent among lesbians because they forego the protection of child-bearing.
It was certainly Leibovitz’s right to push her sexual preference on us as well as her pro-abortion position in another photo of a man with a “I am pro-choice” button as his most prominent feature.
It was Leibovitz’s right to exhibit several warm photos of the Clintons alongside several harsh, cold photos of the Bush cabinet.
But the exhibit only served to drain me.
Still, there’s always hope. Here’s a photo from the exhibit Leibovitz took in 1993 of AIDS activist and beseiged Rebecca Denison. I couldn’t find a large clear view of the color portrait we saw, so I am including a large b&w so you can read the words on Denison’s body with a thumbnail of the color, so you can see the art intended (click to enlarge):
Note one word missing from what comprises a woman: MOTHER.
But in 2001 Leibovitz gave birth to a daughter at the age of 52 with the help of donated sperm and had twins by surrogate in 2004. So she’s evolving as a woman in her own lesbian way.
To be fair, Leibovitz celebrated motherhood in 1991 with a nude photo of very pregnant Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair, and there were other photos of pregnant women in the exhibit, including one of Leibovitz nude – who is no Demi Moore, but at least she’s honest.
But Leibovitz’s polarized polaroid political statements overshadowed all else.