Mark Rice (1954-2019) was a photography collector. Rice and his partner, Ken Kohn
(1958-1994), were motivated to collect photographs of the male form in response to
the lack of representation of, and lack of dialogue about the male nude in art, and
as a means to examine concepts of masculinity and the male form not solely dependent
on the representation of genitalia. Rice later began collecting vintage physique photography
(ca. 1940 through 1970), also known as "beefcake" photographs. Portions of the collection
are available at UMBC and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, California.
Received as a gift from Mark Rice in 1999. Accessions: PHMS 1999-02.
Collection unprocessed. Included in Spring 2011 MSS/PHMS collection project. The photographs
formed the basis of an exibition in the UMBC Library Gallery in Fall 2017, "Man, Idea,
Image: Photographs of Men from the Mark Rice Collection." The exhibition was curated
by Visual Arts professor Dr. James Smalls.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
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Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll041.php
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Photography -- Collectors and collecting