Allan Sekula's Portraits of Salespeople Acquired by Harvard Art Museums

October 25, 2017

Allan Sekula

Allan Sekula, Portraits of Salespeople, 1973 (detail)

Allan Sekula

Allan Sekula, Portraits of Salespeople, 1973 (detail)

Allan Sekula's Portraits of Salespeople, 1973 has been acquired by the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this early body of work, composed of nine gelatin silver prints in a single frame, Sekula views American capitalism through a critical lens, while sensitively portraying the individual workers who contribute to the system.


The Harvard Art Museums are composed of three institutions – the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Collectively these museums are dedicated to advancing and supporting learning at Harvard University, in the local community, and around the world. The museums have played a leading role in the development of art history, conservation, and conservation science, and in the evolution of the art museum as an institution.