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Griff Davis and Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 1947-1967: A Global Friendship

From January 17, 2020 to April 19, 2020
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Griff Davis and Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 1947-1967: A Global Friendship
400 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will exhibit Griff Davis and Langston Hughes, Letters and Photographs 1947 - 1967: A Global Friendship, from January 17 - April 19, 2020. This exhibition, produced by Dorothy Davis of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives and curated by FMoPA, brings to the public a selection from the archives of 62 never-before-seen photographs and material reflecting the decades-long friendship between the photographer, journalist and Senior Foreign Service Officer Griffith J. Davis and the renowned poet Langston Hughes. The extraordinary photographs are complemented by an exchange of letters reflecting decades of personal correspondence between Mr. Hughes and Mr. Davis.
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Urban Mapping: Public Space Through the Lens of Contemporary Iranian Artists
Scottsdale, AZ
From June 13, 2020 to September 20, 2020
Urban Mapping: Public Space Through the Lens of Contemporary Iranian Artists shines a light on aspects of the Iranian experience normally hidden from the outside world by focusing on public and private spaces. Comprised of 40 photographs and four video installations, the exhibition features the work of 10 essential voices in contemporary Iranian art who explore the notion of urban space as a nexus of social communication and political transformation; a place where personal and collective identity converge. Featured artists: Saba Alizadeh, Raoof Dashti, Arash Fayez, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Rana Javadi, Mehran Mohajer, Siavash Naghshbandi, Hamed Noori, Behnam Sadighi, and Mehdi Vosoughnia.
Though There Be Fury on the Waves
Portland, OR
From March 14, 2020 to September 20, 2020
In 1942, Portland-born photographer Victor Jorgensen enlisted in the Navy. Edward Steichen, the renowned modernist photographer and lieutenant commander who oversaw Naval photography during World War II, selected Jorgensen-a Reed College attendee and editor at The Oregonian newspaper-to serve with his elite Naval Aviation Photographic Unit. Between 1943 and 1945, Jorgensen photographed on board the aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Monterey, the destroyer USS Albert W. Grant, and the hospital ship USS Solace, which served in the Pacific during the world-altering conflict. The works in this exhibition draw from a recent acquisition of vintage prints gifted to the Museum by Victoria Jorgensen Carman and Lee Jorgensen, the photographer's daughters. The exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and Jorgensen's significant contribution to the field of documentary photography.
New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile
New Orleans, LA
From April 17, 2020 to September 20, 2020
Over the past two decades, the ways in which we create, collect, and compile photographs have shifted dramatically. In broad strokes, we might define this shift as away from photographs as singular, iconic, and private objects to a ubiquitous, public, and collective phenomenon that is now often immaterial. This exhibition presents the work of four photographers, all of whom work with, and critique, these new practices in photography. Unified by their understanding of the photograph as an ambiguous messenger, each of these artists creates, collects, or compiles photographs to trace narratives about identity, community, and power.
The City Within
New York, NY
From March 07, 2020 to September 20, 2020
Before it became part of New York City in 1898, Brooklyn was a city of its own-the fourth largest in the nation. Even today, as New York's most populous borough, Brooklyn remains a "city within the city," three times the size of Manhattan. It is from this point of inspiration that The City Within: Brooklyn Photographs by Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb presents more than thirty images by celebrated photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Alex Webb has sought to canvass Brooklyn with an emphasis on exploring its tremendous cultural diversity, from Mexican and Caribbean Brooklyn to Chinese Brooklyn. By contrast, Rebecca Norris Webb has photographed the green heart of Brooklyn, its parks and gardens, as the contemplative core for this body of work. Through the work of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb we come to see the complex beauty of the borough-its people, its urban landscape, and its verdant green spaces.
The Space Between
Denver, CO
From August 14, 2020 to September 23, 2020
The Space Between brings together photographs from two separate bodies of work: one by Kris Sanford who uses art to explore an imagined queer history, and the other a collaboration of poetry and images that reveals Petal, a persona whom Philip Matthews manifests to write and David Johnson photographs. With time, we have come to see and understand the world and its history through a select set of lenses. How do we begin to shift this view and see in new ways? This exhibition seeks to provide the space to engage in critical conversations about identity, sexuality, and relationships. The juxtaposition of three artists’ work in one place, for the first time, as the inspiration.
JP Terlizzi: The Good Dishes
Houston, TX
From August 15, 2020 to September 25, 2020
'The Good Dishes' by NYC-based artist JP Terlizzi integrates memory, legacy, and metaphor with the artist's response to loss. Through colorful still life table settings, Terlizzi offers a visual rumination on the centrality of food and the dinner table to his large Italian family. Growing up, Terlizzi recalls how his mother's “good dishes,” like in many families, were brought out only for very special occasions-like the priest coming over for dinner. Over the years, Terlizzi has been tasked with the job of cleaning out the homes of loved ones that have passed away. With 'The Good Dishes' series, the artist pays homage to the way in which his family's fine china has always been an item given to the person that most cherishes its memory and sentimental value. Utilizing the passed down heirlooms of friends and family, 'The Good Dishes' celebrates family and togetherness.
Mickalene Thomas: Better Nights
Miami Beach, FL
From December 01, 2019 to September 27, 2020
Inspired by the local New Jersey play 'Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl' organized and performed by the artists' mother, friends, and family as well as the parties hosted by the artist's mother in the late 1970s, Mickalene Thomas: Better Nights is an installation that will transform the galleries into an immersive art experience for the duration of the exhibition. The installation embodies an apartment environment, conceptually reconstructed according to the domestic aesthetic of the period, including faux wood paneling, wallpaper and custom seating reupholstered with the artist's signature textiles. An extension of Thomas' artistic universe, the installation incorporates both work by the artist and a curated selection by Thomas featuring work by emerging and prominent artists of color, with the prop-like tableau echoing the collage-like compositional style of Thomas' paintings. Better Nights will present a schedule of programming arranged by the artist, including live performances, concerts, activations, a live bar and appearances by guest DJs. The first chapter, Better Days, took place at the Galerie Volkhaus in Basel, Switzerland during Art Basel 2013.
Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions
New Orleans, LA
From March 14, 2020 to September 27, 2020
Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions features a selection of photographs made from the early 20th century to the present and added to the Ogden's Museum of Southern Art's permanent collection over the last decade. With over 70 photographs featured, Revelations represents a wide range of processes and techniques made by a diverse group of 39 photographers. Revelations celebrates regional identity in parallel with the South's ongoing contributions to a global conversation on photography in the visual arts. Photographers included in the exhibition: Keith Calhoun, William Christenberry, Lee Deigaard, Walker Evans, Debbie Fleming Caffrey, Aaron Hardin, Lewis W. Hine, Birney Imes, Dorthea Lange, Sally Mann, Andrew Moore, Chandra McCormick, RaMell Ross, Ernest Withers and more.
Alejandro Cartagena: Photo Structure-Foto Estructura
Rochester, NY
From January 31, 2020 to September 28, 2020
For his latest work, Alejandro Cartagena sifts through landfills for discarded photographs. Then, with a sharp blade, he excises figures, faces, or other details from the photographs, reconfiguring the original composition by either moving the cut fragments or removing them entirely. The altered photographs remain strangely whole and strikingly familiar, compelling the viewer to consider what gives a photograph meaning. His arrangements reveal that seemingly crucial aspects of an image are both central and incidental to our ability to understand the works. Cartagena has produced works of art specifically for this exhibition, giving visitors to the Eastman Museum the first opportunity to see the newest photographs in his most recent body of work.
Fresh 2020 Exhibition
New York, NY
From September 09, 2020 to October 10, 2020
We are thrilled to announce the 5 exhibitors for the Fresh 2020 Annual Summer Exhibition. Congratulations to all selected. The calibre of entries was outstanding, making the selection process challenging and highly competitive. The exhibiting photographers, also now form the shortlist for the 2020 Rhonda Wilson Award, which will be announced on August 1st. Please join us at the Klompching Gallery in the Fall, when the exhibition will open to the public with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 10th.
Easton Nights: Peter Ydeen
Millersville, PA
From September 14, 2020 to October 15, 2020
Easton Nights is a story about small town America as told by Peter Ydeen’s night time photographs. The Lehigh Valley, where Easton lies, has close to a million people but almost no real downtwon; but instead a sea of small towns which have grown together. It has its own personality, serving as a living museum of small town Americana.
Julie Blackmon: Talent Show
New York, NY
From March 02, 2020 to October 17, 2020
Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to present, Talent Show, an exhibition that draws from Julie Blackmon's latest collection of theatrical photographs. There is a dreamlike quality to Blackmon's imagery. Children live, play, grow bored, make up stories, act them out and play some more, as if unaware of the camera, while the artist devises a tableau of domestic entropy. Blackmon says,"I compare [my work] sometimes to fiction and literature; sometimes the greatest truth can come out of fiction." Drawing influence from her own family life, the Dutch master Jan Steen and French modernist painter, Balthus, Blackmon creates photographs that have an air of a past era - perhaps the 1950's or '60s - yet her use of 21st-century iconography, such as a perfectly placed iPhone recording a makeshift Talent Show, tells us that they are quite contemporary. Blackmon sets her scenes in familiar environments like a backyard bathing session or a fixer upper house and sometimes with multiple competing narratives at once. She focuses on children and families that are imbued with personality, yet overtaken by the haphazardness of child-rearing despite all the best-laid plans. Julie Blackmon lives and works in Springfield, Missouri. The artist's work is found in numerous museums and public collections including the George Eastman House; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; the Portland Art Museum; and the Musée Français de la Photographie in Bièvres, France. She was named American Photo's "Emerging Photographer of 2008" and one of PDN's "30 New and Emerging Photographers" in 2007, and has been the recipient of various awards including first prize from The Santa Fe Center for Photography in the Project Competition in 2006. Blackmon has had two monographs published, the first of which sold out, Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2008) and Homegrown (Radius Books co-published with Robert Mann Gallery, 2014). The exhibition coincides with Julie Blackmon's Fever Dreams at Fotografiska New York, March 5 - May 3, 2020, organized by Grace Noh in collaboration with Robert Mann Gallery and the artist. Fever Dreams presents a selection of photographs from Blackmon's Homegrown series as well as more recent works. Her photographs are updated with a satirical, penetrating eye and Blackmon's belief that artful fiction can capture the truth more memorably than the truth itself. "I deeply admire the photojournalism of Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand. But I am not practicing journalism, and I do not use my camera as those photographers did. I think of myself as a visual artist working in the medium of photography, and my assignment is to chart the fever dreams of American life."
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