Activist Art

Documentary photographers must be detached from — yet connected to — their subjects. This is accomplished by Fazal Sheikh with his Beloved Daughters, approximately 70 black-and-white photos organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The exhibition is composed of two projects: Ladli examines prejudices against young women and girls; Moksha looks at dispossessed widows in the holy city of Vrindavan. The portraits are paired with personal testimonies. Sheikh — a New York native and winner of a 2005 MacArthur Foundation grant — gives us respectful and persistent access to his subjects’ lives. Beloved Daughters, which opened June 27, remains up through September 13 at the Nelson’s Bloch Building (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278); see for more information.

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: June 27. Continues through Sept. 13, 2009