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Jamil Hellu: Together

From January 23, 2020 to March 14, 2020
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Jamil Hellu: Together
1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Jamil Hellu: Together presents a survey of works by Jamil Hellu, who, for the last decade, has developed a distinct visual vocabulary addressing the intersections of cultural lineages and queerness. Comprised of photographs and video installations, the exhibition highlights Hellu's recurring uses of self-portraiture to activate a contemporary dialogue about the implications of cultural heritage on queer narratives. Throughout his work, Hellu creates forms of representation based on queer visibility, inverting the role of the photographer as he himself is also one of his subjects.

Hellu's projects are often defined by a collaborative method, through which he actively engages members of the San Francisco Bay Area's diverse LGBTQ communities, inviting participants to manipulate identity as a series of cultural constructs. His images defy binary assumptions about race, gender, and sexuality, ultimately contending that a multiplicity of contrasting queer voices co-exist simultaneously. Juxtaposing photographic imagery in jarring and often humorous ways, Hellu brings into focus the impact of discrimination and intolerance on the shaping of personal histories and thus employs the camera as a tool for fostering agency, social change, and empathy.
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The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
Chicago, IL
From March 19, 2019 to August 16, 2020
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene awakens us to the physical and social effects of the Anthropocene, a much-debated term used to define a new geological epoch shaped by human activity. Structured around ecological issues, the exhibition presents photography, video, and sculpture that address subjects and themes related to raw materials, disasters, consumption, loss, and justice. More than thirty-five international artists, including Sammy Baloji, Huma Bhabha, Liu Bolin, Dana Levy, Pedro Neves Marques, Gabriel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, and Andrew Yang, respond to dire global and local circumstances with resistance and imagination — sustaining an openness, wonder, and curiosity about the world to come. The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene is organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Retired Harn Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, UF Office of the Provost, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Ken and Laura Berns, Daniel and Kathleen Hayman, Ken and Linda McGurn, Susan Milbrath, an anonymous foundation, UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research and Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, with additional support from a group of environmentally-minded supporters, the Robert C. and Nancy Magoon Contemporary Exhibition and Publication Endowment, Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.
Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog)
Los Angeles, CA
From April 04, 2020 to August 16, 2020
Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog) showcases the work of iconic Los Angeles artists John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha. Each of these artists has contributed to a wide-reaching and global art dialogue; they have also played key roles in shaping the art scene of Los Angeles and the city's rise as a global arts capital. The Broad's presentation includes nearly all the works in the Broad collection by each of these artists, including the immersive multimedia installation, Gym Interior (2005), by Kelley and the four-channel video installation, Twelve (2004), by Kruger, as well as mini-retrospectives of the work of Baldessari and Ruscha. The exhibition's title is drawn from a monumental 1985 Baldessari work in the Broad collection, Buildings=Guns=People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog). Featuring 81 artworks (more than half are on view for the first time at The Broad), the exhibition includes: 19 artworks by Baldessari in a mini-retrospective installation including important works from the beginning of the artist's career, such as Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell and The Spectator is Compelled... and late-career works like All Z's (Picabia/Mondrian): Zealot (2017); works on view for the first time include Horizontal Men (With One Luxuriating) (1984) and Junction Series: Two Landscapes, Birds (with People) and Solders (at Attention) (2002). 15 works by Kelley, including Gym Interior (2005), an immersive multimedia installation from the artist's Day is Done series, on view for the first time at The Broad. 7 works by Kruger, including the four channel video installation, Twelve (2004), which will be on view for the first time. 40 works by Ruscha in a mini-retrospective installation including key works like Norm's, La Cienaga, on Fire (1964) and works that have never been shown before at The Broad, Strong, Healthy (1987); Sunset-Gardner Cross (1988-99); and Psycho Spaghetti Western #3 and Pyscho Spaghetti Western #5 from the artist's series inspired by nineteenth-century painter Thomas Cole's The Course of Empire cycle.
Ansel Adams: Beauty & Truth
Los Angeles, CA
From February 22, 2020 to August 21, 2020
Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him.”- Ansel Adams On display for the first time in nearly 40 years in a Los Angeles based gallery, we are proud to present a selection of rare master gelatin silver prints by Ansel Adams. The works in conversation are evidence of the artist's meaning and message, with each photograph upholding a sensitivity to the beauty and ecological challenges of our natural world. The relationship between abstraction and realism, the presence of light and its absence, brings forth a collective of perspectives that question the depths of life's most profound enigmas. Adams's gelatin silver prints on display yield the most spectacular tonal ranges available in photography today. The selected works represent a rare culmination, where masterful visual vocabulary meets unparalleled darkroom printmaking. The essence of the iconic F. 64 group is deeply rooted Ansel's practice. For every final print, there were numerous failed attempts, alluding to the required dedication to bring forth the most compelling evidences of creativity within the photographic works. The selected photographs are conjoined by their respect and curiosity for the power of the environment. Now more than ever, the luminous prints on display inspire us to treasure the beauty that life exudes. The underlying intention of Ansel Adams was to honor the passing of time in our natural world and inspire the next generation to preserve such beauty.
The Master Print: Wynn Bullock, Paul Caponigro, Brett Weston, Don Worth
Los Angeles, CA
From February 22, 2020 to August 21, 2020
On display now in the gallery's main exhibition space is a landmark group show titled The Master Print. The show highlights the work of four special photographers who embody the utmost attention to the printmaking possibilities within photography. The gelatin silver prints on display all take unique strides in transcending the seemingly ordinary to the ethereal. Between the selected artists, there is a masterful comprehension of the use of clarity within photography, yet, an even stronger acknowledgment for the unknown, the abstract. The images are not solely beautiful for what they reveal, but additionally for what they conceal for our contemplation and wonder.
2020 Thesis Exhibition: Douglas King and Aaron Wheetman
Seattle, WA
From July 06, 2020 to August 27, 2020
Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to present our 2020 Thesis Exhibition, celebrating this year's graduates of the Certificate Program: Douglas King and Aaron Wheetman. This exhibition marks not only the culmination of the 53-credit program, and presentation of a year-long project for these individuals, but introduces a new generation of Northwest artists. The PCNW Certificate Program offers a technically and creatively demanding curriculum, and the program provides instruction on par with post-baccalaureate programs in photography. During their studies, students develop their own style of photography and grow in ability to understand, appreciate, produce and critique photographic works.
Vanessa Marsh The Sun Beneath the Sky
San Francisco, CA
From July 09, 2020 to August 29, 2020
Marsh's minimal, graphic images feature empyrean, enigmatic, and often surreal landscapes that speak to forms of power—natural, cosmological, and man-made—as well to the sublime and its attendant enchantments and contradictions. While her mixed-media process is based in photographic techniques, Marsh does not work with a camera. She instead layers cut-paper silhouettes on top of photosensitive paper, making multiple exposures that she further manipulates through dodging and burning techniques. Her most recent series, The Sun Beneath the Sky, depicts mountainous peaks and valleys in creamy pastel tones of pink, purple, and yellow. These unadorned and lucid landscapes are also strikingly atmospheric, as if seen through a thick haze or fog. Their light source is often low, reminiscent of sunrise or sunset, as glowing light rakes dramatically across the scenes, softening the focus and hard edges while heightening the play between layers. The works appear lit from within, an effect that conjures the sun itself. Sunlight it not only Marsh's subject matter but also her medium in these lumen prints, which she creates by exposing silver gelatin paper to the sun. The Sun Beneath the Sky features geographic locations across the American West, such as Mount Hozomeen in Washington and Grand Teton in Wyoming, which she identifies in her titles. This titling system is a nod to conventions favored by some of photography's founding figures, including Carleton Watkins and Ansel Adams. While Marsh's works often merge multiple locations to evoke a somewhat dreamlike or ethereal space, the specific references in her titles serve to ground the images in a sense of place and earthliness. Marsh grew up in Seattle, surrounded by the mountains of the North Cascades and the Olympics. This daily proximity to the sublime has heightened not only her appreciation of the timelessness and unknowable magnitude of the landscape but also her awareness of its potential for sudden and dramatic change: volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are an ever-present threat in the Pacific Northwest. As a result, an interest in how landscapes can transform over time inflects much of her art. By couching the sublime in imagery that shifts and dematerializes, Marsh's works are a reminder that, despite its scale and grandeur, nature is also a living system of moving, interconnected, and sometimes fragile parts.
Cig Harvey
Rockland, ME
From July 03, 2020 to August 29, 2020
Cig's devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.
Cheryl Medow New Work
Dallas, TX
From July 27, 2020 to August 29, 2020
Art photographer Cheryl Medow focuses her lens on the avian world to heighten awareness of the importance of these sublime creatures. Since early childhood, whether tending chickens or mimicking the sound of birds, Medow has always had an affection toward these beautiful and evolutionary prehistoric winged beings. Medow’s first step in creating images is to put herself in nature, traveling to environments where diverse species of birds live; sometimes as close as her backyard, but more often traveling to places far from home. While waiting for the precise moment to capture the image, she studies the surroundings, allowing her to better understand birds in their home environment, looking for food, balancing on a tree branch, hiding from predators, building a nest, courting and fighting for territory; these moments are fascinating and enable her an opportunity for her curiosity and imagination to find expression. The next step occurs in her studio where images captured in the field find expression as new, imaginative scenes through the use of photographic technology. Against a backdrop of stormy clouds from the Galapagos, the desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona or the Maasai Mara in Kenya, the heightened color of birds conjured by placing the animal somewhere it's never been, are the tools she uses to composite her imagery. The beauty Medow sees in nature is realized in the final photographic prints she creates. Once the magnificence of this planet and its amazing creatures is seen, her desire to preserve and protect our world it finds shared beliefs in the viewer. We can all be stewards of the sublime beauty of our extraordinary planet.
Women We Have Known: Photographs by Women Artists
Dallas, TX
From May 16, 2020 to August 29, 2020
AThis group exhibition represents work exclusively by women artists. The exhibition does not have a statement of femininity or politics of being a woman, or a woman’s sensitivity. It does not make proclamations of womanhood or the superiority of the sex.
Just Watch
San Francisco, CA
From March 19, 2020 to August 30, 2020
JustWatch@836M, a group exhibition featuring, for their first time in California, five emerging young photographers from around the world. Why JustWatch@836M? In a world where everything is visual, where images keep on flooding your screens or showing up on your Instagram accounts, where you're constantly affronted with visuals in the streets, are we still able to see the real world? We have invited five young photographers to display their work at 836M because we love what their photos capture in the world around them and reveal to their audiences. Artists Silvia Grav (Los Angeles), Wolfgang Bohusch (Vienna), Remy Lagrange (New-York), Myriam Boulos (Beirut), and Yassine Alaoui Ismaili (Casablanca), will all be in attendance at the opening reception.
Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene
Chicago, IL
From February 08, 2020 to August 31, 2020
In 1853, when John Beasley Greene first visited Egypt with his camera, archaeology and photography were still very new. Over the course of his exceptionally brief career—he died at the age of 24—Greene made an extraordinary body of pictures that advanced both archaeology and photography and continues to offer insight into the central concerns that shaped the two fields. Born in Ingouville, France, to American parents, Greene grew up in a well-connected merchant-banking family. This financial and social standing enabled him to pursue his twin passions: photography and Egyptology. In the early 19th century, Europeans developed a voracious drive to acquire and systematize knowledge about ancient Egyptian culture—an intellectual enterprise tightly bound to Western economic and colonialist interests in the region. After studying in Paris, Greene twice traveled to Egypt, where he used the camera to record hieroglyphic inscriptions on ancient monuments and to make spare, unpeopled views of the unfamiliar landscape. In late 1855 he traveled to Algeria, where his evocative images were similarly divided between documentation of excavations and studies of built and natural environments. Much of Greene's story remains a mystery. The albums and photographs he left behind attest to a curious mind, an inventive eye, and a keen sensitivity to the needs and possibilities of archaeology and photography in his time. Although he exhibited his photographs while he was alive, Greene's work escaped serious notice until the 1970s and 1980s, when an expanding art market for photographs encouraged renewed interest in 19th-century photographers. To 20th-century viewers trained in modernist art, it was impossible to ignore the striking spareness of Greene's landscapes, his adept manipulation of negative and positive space, and the near abstraction of his close-up views. Yet a purely formalist reading of Greene's work obscures the scientific and intellectual goals that underpinned it, as well as the expectations of his intended audiences. Moreover, it overlooks his contributions to a growing body of archaeological scholarship and the geopolitical conditions that shaped such studies. This exhibition, the first retrospective of this photography pioneer, contextualizes Greene's career through new scholarship, nearly 70 rare prints and albums, and Egyptian artwork from the Art Institute's collection. This nuanced examination invites consideration of the complex aesthetic and political lenses that we use to look at photography and the past as well as the complicated relationship between photography, colonialism, and modernism.
Teen Academy Imagemakers
New York, NY
From June 10, 2020 to August 31, 2020
Since 2001, ICP's Teen Academy program has supported thousands of New York City high school students in using cameras as tools to tell their own stories, build community, and contribute to social change. The program includes seasonal classes in black-and-white and color darkroom, digital and new media, as well as the Imagemakers yearlong advanced program. This virtual showcase features work created by students in the 2019-2020 Teen Academy Imagemakers program. This weekly after-school program enables motivated high school juniors and seniors to advance their photography, writing, and public speaking skills while developing an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. The images and writings in this showcase celebrate the unique perspectives of each student and give collective meaning to the power of photography and storytelling to educate and transform. Please join us online on Wednesday, June 10 from 6-7:30 PM for an opening reception and virtual celebration honoring the students' achievements and marking the launch of their culminating showcase. Featured Artists Afrida Ahmed, Alicia Zamora, Boris Cortes, Ella Herman, Emma Rehac, Jake Haller, Jill Noorily, Julia Karas, Justine Tapert, Kalena Burwell, Karyna Maldonado, Kasia Ojar, Kayetan McEnerney, Lena Likhtina, Lucy Kassel, Lydia Lee, Mali Abel, Marco Syrett, Mina Ekstrom, Mỹ Mannucci, Nailea Dominguez, Nuvany David, Paulina Jamieson, Ruby Klawans, Ruby Zuckerman, Russell Hickman, Steven Tovar, Walker Strauss, Xela Perryman
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