ANNE NOGGLE (1922-2005)

Anne Noggle’s work consistently challenged the stereotypes and standard mythologies of women. She herself began her artistic career at age forty-three, to complement her already-established profession as a pilot. Frequently using the format of self-portraiture, Noggle’s work spoke directly to issues of self, identity, and the female body. Noggle refers to her self-portraits as her “saga of fallen flesh,” and through them offers witty and engaging versions of herself: wearing pearls under water, wearing denim in the desert, flying, in a darkroom, and recuperating after a face-lift. This saga used images of the self to look unabashedly at aging, a process all of Noggle’s photographs handle with humor, honesty, and respect.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1922, Anne Noggle served as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot (1943-44) and as a captain in the US Air Force (1953-59). Afterward she was a stunt and cropdusting pilot in Texas. At the age of 38 she enrolled at the University of New Mexico earning a BA in art and art history and an MA in photography in 1970. She later taught art and art history at the University as adjunct professor and curated photography exhibitions. She was the first photography curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly Museum of Fine Arts) in Santa Fe from 1970– 76. Noggle’s photographs are held in numerous public collections throughout the world. Noggle received numerous awards for her photographic work, including several National Endowment for the Arts grants in photography, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Anne Noggle’s archive is held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

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