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The Distance of the Moon

From November 09, 2019 to March 15, 2020
The Distance of the Moon
1 South High
Akron, OH 44308
In 1969, the astronauts aboard Apollo 11 made history by becoming the first people to set foot on the moon. Unbeknownst to them, this year also marked the arrival of the first works of art to the lunar surface-The Moon Museum. Covertly orchestrated by members of the group Experiments in Art and Technology, a miniscule ceramic tile bearing reproductions of artworks by six artists was snuck onto the lander. A rare original tile, featuring work by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Forrest Myers, David Novros and John Chamberlain, will be on view in The Distance of the Moon.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this exhibition examines the moon through the lens of photography and video. From Georges Méliès early film Le voyage dans la lune (1902) to Robert Longo's striking study Untitled (Moon in Shadow) (2006), the moon has served as an important touchstone and inspired countless works of art and imagined lunar voyages. Utilizing images from exploratory missions to the moon, Nancy Graves created an immersive filmic meditation on surface textures and sonic space. Over forty years in the making, James Turrell has slowly transformed a dormant volcano into an aperture for observing the moon and other heavenly bodies.

Moody nocturnes and celebratory renderings are shown alongside early stereographs of the full moon, made possible by the most advanced photographic technology of the day. Combining historic prints with modern images of the lunar surface taken by NASA on a series of exploratory missions, The Distance of the Moon considers the relationship between artistic impulse and scientific discovery, and our collective fascination with this celestial body.

Artists: Nancy Graves, Craig Kalpakjian, Robert Longo, Georges Méliès, and James Turrell, with additional materials from the Archive of Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees and NASA
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Reimagining Home
Boston, MA
From January 11, 2020 to July 12, 2020
Two Iranian artists infuse documentation with imagination This exhibition features work by Bahman Jalali (1944-2010) and Gohar Dashti (b. 1980), two photographers of different generations with a rich shared history - as Iranians, as teacher and student, and as artists with deep knowledge of documentary photography. The featured works reveal that the artists also shared a strategy: incorporating surreal, fictive elements powered by their imaginations into their work, as a response to the political, social, and cultural changes they witnessed. Jalali is well known for his pioneering photographs of war and revolution and his dedication to preserving Iran's photographic history, and his legacy also endures through his work as a teacher. He mentored Dashti in the early 2000s, while he was creating the Image of Imagination series, featured in this exhibition. Produced from the layering of historical photographs of Iranian people and places, these visual juxtapositions pose questions about Iran's cultural history, especially its archetypes of men and women. Also on view is Dashti's Home series, made in 2017, which uses abandoned buildings in the Iranian city of Mashhad as backdrops for staged natural landscapes. Home documents contemporary experience while blurring the boundary between reality and fiction, presenting the artist's musings on belonging, displacement, and refuge. By displaying the series side by side, the exhibition illuminates how the artists' personal relationship and common experiences resulted in two visually distinct but nevertheless deeply connected sets of work. Combining documentary with imaginary elements, the artists evoke the transformation of history into memory. We invite visitors to contemplate how each of us negotiates the passage of time—how images and memories, rather than facts, guide us as we form our understandings of the world.
5th Annual Creative Portrait Exhibition
Los Angeles, CA
From June 01, 2020 to July 15, 2020
The Los Angeles Center of Photography proudly presents its Fifth Annual “The Creative Portrait” exhibition, a beautiful collection of photography juried by Paul Kopeikin. 150 different photographers from around the world submitted for the exhibition, representing a total of 1,022 photographs. From these, the juror selected 40 images (from 32 photographers) for the online exhibition which will run June 1, 2020 – July 15, 2020. This is an annual call for entry exhibition. First Place Prize Winners: Osceola Refetoff – Julie & Mita – Arena Blanca, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea and Carl Shubs – Dorian Speaks
Harvey Stein: Coney Island, An Eternal Romance
New York, NY
From June 10, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to present Cosney Island, New York photographer Harvey Stein premiere's with the gallery. The show is an exclusive online exhibition on view from June 10ththrough July 20, 2020 trough the gallery website. Cosney island is synonymous of summer and recreation! Iconic Coney Island series tells the tale of world-renowned photographer Harvey Stein's 40-year romance with "America's playground." Stein's timeless black-and-white images, taken from the 1970s through 2010, capture that quintessential weird and wonderful quality central to the mythos of this iconic Brooklyn beachfront. Consistently shot through the decades with a 21 mm lens, this series of photographs evokes a sense of nostalgia, fantasy and adventure. Walking, observing the boardwalk, the pier, the Amusements, the Mermaid Parade, the beach, the workers, the people, Harvey Stein explore every corners with discipline and an immense commitment, fascinated to be just here and there, embracing the energy, the strangeness and the crowd in a quiet manner. "Entering Coney Island is like stepping into another culture," Stein writes. "Coney Island is an American icon celebrated worldwide, a fantasy land of the past with an irrepressible optimism about its future. There isn't anywhere else like it." With more than one thousand trips, the photographer seems unstoppable about what can be discovered again; Does he belong to Cosney Island? Harvey Stein seems to be inhabited with a kind of eternal return that will never ends! Harvey Stein frequently leads workshops and lectures worldwide. He has taught at the International Center of Photography since the 1970s. His new book on Cosney Island is cheduled to be released in 2021. Harvey Stein b. 1941 is an American photographer, teacher, curator, and author based in New York City. His images have been published in the New Yorker, TIME, Life, Esquire, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, Harpers, ARTnews, American Artist, People, and Der Spiegel, among many others. Stein's photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe — over 81 one-person and 160 group shows to date. His photographs can be found in more than 55 permanent collections, including the George Eastman House, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Denver Museum of Art, the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and, among others, the corporate collections of Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, LaSalle Bank, Barclays Bank, and Credit Suisse.
Raid the Icebox Now with Pablo Helguera
Providence, RI
From February 07, 2020 to July 19, 2020
Inventarios/Inventories explores the personal and domestic contexts of artworks, particularly as they exist in artists' personal lives and working environments and the homes of their close family and collaborators. Drawing upon the RISD Museum's Nancy Sayles Day Collection of Latin American art, Pablo Helguera has collaborated with living Latin American artists and the families, close friends, and collaborators of those no longer alive to provide a view of the domestic lives of artworks. The project is also a tribute to the exhibition history of the RISD Museum and the legacy of former director Alexander Dorner, who created immersive environments to enhance the visitor's experience. The exhibition is accompanied by public programs and performances developed in collaboration with the participating artists. Pablo Helguera is a Mexican artist who lives and works in New York. His projects span installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art, and performance, drawing inspiration from topics ranging from history, pedagogy, and sociology. His work often takes on unusual forms of presentation, which have included road trips, phonographic recordings, musical performances, and books. Raid the Icebox Now is made possible by a lead grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the RISD Museum Associates, Judy and Robert Mann, Taylor Box Company, and a generous in-kind gift from Meyer Sound Laboratories. RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.
Color Shift
Riverside, CA
From August 31, 2019 to July 20, 2020
Photography has had a tumultuous relationship with color since its invention. Early photographers employed colorists to tint images with surrogacy for the missing color; inconsistent color sensitivity affected the way objects were depicted even in monochromes. Fleeting and erratic color dyes shifted C-prints in a matter of decades, or even years. Color Shift draws from the California Museum of Photography's extensive collection to explore the many ways in which we encounter color in photography, from the added to the actual.
Pacifico Silano: The Eyelid Has Its Storms...
Syracuse, NY
From March 23, 2020 to July 23, 2020
Pacifico Silano's The Eyelid Has Its Storms… borrows its title from a Frank O'Hara poem. O'Hara's musings and observations about everyday queer life inspired Silano's artistic practice. "The eyelid has its storms," the poem begins. "There is the opaque fish-scale green of it after swimming in the sea and then suddenly wrenching violence, strangled lashed, and a barbed wire of sand falls onto the shore." O'Hara's deeply visual poem, like Silano's work, evokes duality-in memory, in the present, and future, shimmering beauty and umbral violence often occur at once. Through the appropriation of photographs from vintage gay pornography magazines, Silano creates colorful collages that explore print culture and the histories of the LGBTQ+ community. His large-scale works evoke strength and sexuality while acknowledging the underlying repression and trauma that marginalized individuals experience. Born at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Silano lost his uncle due to complications from HIV. "After he died," says Silano, "his memory was erased by my family due to the shame of his sexuality and the stigma of HIV/AIDS around that time period." Silano set out to create art that reconciled that loss and erasure. Silano's exhibition somberly contemplates such pain and photography's role in the struggle for queer visibility, while celebrating enduring love, compassion, and community. In collaging, Silano decisively fragments, obscures, and layers images that he has rephotographed from these magazines. He reassembles and ultimately recontextualizes these images, removing the overtly explicit original content. "These new pictures-within-pictures are silent witnesses that allude to absence and presence," says Silano. He sees them as stand-in memorials, both for the now-missing models as well as those who originally consumed their images. Silano meditates on the meaning of the images and tearsheets that he collects over time. What continually excites him is precisely the "slipperiness" of representation and meaning in photography as our culture shifts. "The lens that we read [images] through today gives them new context and meaning," he observes. "In another 30 or 40 years, they might very well mean something completely different."
Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling
Los Angeles, CA
From February 08, 2020 to July 26, 2020
In this arresting and iconic exhibition - curated by Vanity Fair's creative development editor David Friend, and the magazine's former director of photography Susan White - Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling features photographic portraiture and multimedia installations that capture the magic and glamour of the film and television industry's major players from the last four decades. The exhibition is a look at the Hollywood stars, the parties, and the powerbrokers through the distinctive lens of Vanity Fair - the most widely celebrated journalistic arbiter of Hollywood power and personality. With 130 photographs and more than 50 photographers, Hollywood Calling will showcase Vanity Fair's vaunted portraitists, including the magazine's principal photographer, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Cass Bird, Ethan James Green, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Michael O'Neill, Herb Ritts, Collier Schorr, Firooz Zahedi, and dozens more. The show will also display every Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover and portfolio, as well as photos from the annual Vanity Fair party on Oscar night. Finally, visitors to the exhibit will get an exclusive look at our documentary on the making of the 2020 Hollywood Issue, which takes you behind-the-scenes to see how established and up-and-coming stars get picked for the cover. It is a first-ever glimpse at the process, seen through the eyes of the photographer and the editors, finishing up with a visit to the set to watch it all come together.
An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain
Pittsburgh, PA
From January 25, 2020 to July 26, 2020
An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first comprehensive survey of the politically charged work of photographer An-My Lê (American, born Vietnam, 1960). Featuring over 100 photographs, this exhibition presents seven of Lê's series, providing insight into her evocative images that draw on a landscape tradition to address the complexity of war. Intimate and timely, this expansive exhibition explores the intricacies of armed combat through the work of a photographer who lived through the Vietnam War. Through Lê's lens, viewers are exposed to military training, maneuvers, and reenactments, and are invited to question their own relationship to, and complicity in, conflict. An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain also presents new photographs from Lê's ongoing series Silent General. These new works grapple with the legacy of America's Civil War and connect to the complexities of our current socio-political moment. Taking inspiration from Walt Whitman's autobiographical Specimen Days, the photographs probe the ways in which past conflicts influence and shape the present landscape in America. While Lê is represented in many major museum collections, An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first ever survey of her work in an American museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring many never-before-published images. An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is organized by Dan Leers, curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art.
Seeing Time
Santa Fe, NM
From June 24, 2020 to July 28, 2020
photo-eye Gallery is thrilled to announce Seeing Time: A Forty Year Retrospective, an online solo exhibition by renowned photographer Mark Klett. This exciting exhibition uses photo- eye’s revolutionary new VisualServer X website builder and is the first in a series of our Gallery’s major online shows. Held in honor of his new book Seeing Time (University of Texas Press, 2020), this exhibition presents selected photographs from thirteen different projects, some never before seen. An artist of singular originality and vision, award-winning landscape photographer Mark Klett has built a profound and dynamic career that captures the space and history of the American West while evoking notions of time, perception, and cultural memory. Seeing Time: A Forty Year Retrospective runs online from June 24 to July 28, 2020 at A selection of this work will also be on view at photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe.
Yesterday’s Future
Ketchum, ID
From June 15, 2020 to July 30, 2020
Gilman Contemporary presents Maria Svarbova-Yesterday's Future. The exhibition will feature photographs from Slovakian artist Maria Svarbova's Swimmming Pool series and will include work from the more recent Lost in the Valley. On view June 15- July 30. Renowned for her Swimming Pool series, which launched in 2014 and continued through 2018, Svarbova's aesthetic has become instantly recognizable. Her style departs from traditional portraiture and focuses on experimentation with space, color, and atmosphere. Taking an interest in Socialist era architecture and public spaces, Maria transforms each scene with a modern freshness that highlights the depth and range of her creative palette. Moving beyond the swimming pool, Svarbova continued to apply her signature style to other locales. She released Lost in the Valley in 2018 where carefully composed figures continue to create thematic, dream-like scenes, but this time in Death Valley. Regardless of the location, each image holds a silent tension that is modern and fresh. In 2018 Svarbova was recognized as a Hasselblad Master. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from CNN and The Guardian to Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Svarbova has published two books, Futuro Retro 2019 and Swimming Pool 2016, now on its second printing.
An Incomplete History of Photography: Civil War to Civil Rights
Andover, MA
From March 24, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Presented in the Museum Learning Center, this exhibition highlights key moments in the development of photography and in American history, from the 1860s to the 1960s, including depictions of Civil War battlefields, the American West, turn-of-the-century and Depression-era living conditions, geometric abstractions, and Civil Rights protests.
Wichita, KS
From July 06, 2020 to July 31, 2020
During the spring and summer season we will be celebrating the warm weather and the growth of new plant life, and the practice of self-sustainability. HOMEGROWN will feature photographs that represent what it means to embark upon the notion of homegrown, from the people who grow to the products that they produce. We are embracing the local food movement and the concept of growing your own for health and wellness and sustainability, this exhibition will celebrate a range of representation from the farm to table movement. All photographic interpretations and styles are welcomed, images of vegetation, crops, farmers, farmland, vegetables, fruits and all types of plant life are desired.

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