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The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

From March 19, 2019 to August 16, 2020
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
935 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614
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.
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Trevor Paglen Territory
San Francisco, CA
From June 25, 2020 to August 08, 2020
Altman Siegel is pleased to present a body of new work by artist Trevor Paglen. This will be his fifth exhibition at the gallery.Trevor Paglen's new photographs position the origins of computer vision, facial recognition, and artificial intelligence in the tradition of landscape photography of the American West. Examining histories of seeing in relation to technological advancements, Paglen reveals underlying structures of power and the changing role of the image.Capturing dramatic vistas shot around Yosemite, Black Canyon, the California Coast, and other iconic landscapes, Paglen refers to classic works by Muybridge, O'Sullivan, Watkins, Hillers, and other 19thcentury "frontier" photographers. While we often encounter these historical referents in a museum setting today, many of these seminal images were originally produced for the US Department of War on military "reconnaissance" surveys and are embedded with the colonial narratives of Western Expansion. What would a contemporary iteration of frontier photography reveal about our current structures of power? With the adventof computer vision and artificial intelligence, the role of images and photographs has changed dramatically. From industrial fabrication and self-driving cars to facial recognition and biometric surveillance, computer vision algorithms are working invisibly in our daily lives. Paglen investigates the formal and conceptual logics of computer vision and AI by using modified machine vision software to produce images revealing the internal mechanisms of the algorithms. Returning to the western landscapes captured by his predecessors, Paglen translates his 8x10 negatives into digital files that can be read by AI.He then overlays lines, circles and strokes that signify how computer vision algorithms attempt to "see" by creating mathematical abstractions from images.For many of the photographs, Paglen employs printing methods of the 19thcentury.Each edition is processed by hand using sunlight per traditional albumen and carbon printing techniques. The resulting photographs resemble their historical precedents, while revealing the changing face of image culture as it is increasingly interpreted by machine vision.
2020 Annual Members’ Show
Denver, CO
From June 30, 2020 to August 08, 2020
We are proud to announce the Colorado Photographic Arts Center's 57th Annual Juried Members’ Show, highlighting photography by 46 talented artists from Colorado and across the United States. Ann Jastrab, Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, California, selected 32 photographs for the exhibit from a pool of 130 entries, including an additional 20 images that will be featured in an exhibition catalog. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, July 11. Timed entry to see the exhibit will be offered 4 pm - 6:30 pm at CPAC. Due to COVID-19, visitors are asked to wear masks and the number of visitors in the gallery will be limited. At 7 pm, a virtual Zoom award ceremony with the juror will take place. Registration is required for both events. EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Robert Anderson, Gary Beeber, Brenda Biondo, Cody Bratt, Derrick Burbul, Annette LeMary Burke, JoAnn Carney, Thomas Carr, Diana Cheren Nygren, Marcy Cohen, Ron Cooper, Norma Cordova, Leah Diament, James Diekmann, Nicholas Fedak II, Joe Fretz, Christopher Frost, Lawrence Hass, Paul Malinowski, Nancy Myer, Mark Overgaard, Michael Quinn, Eleonora Ronconi, Lynn Roth, Rand Smith, JP Terlizzi, Michael Trupiano, and Preston Utley
 Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera
Los Angeles, CA
From March 29, 2020 to August 09, 2020
From February 2017 to January 2019, New York-based artist Vera Lutter was invited by LACMA to work in residence at the museum, creating a new body of work examining the campus architecture, galleries, and collection holdings. Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera features the compelling photographs made during her two-year residency. Lutter uses one of the oldest optical technologies still in use, that of the camera obscura. Before the invention of photography, it was known that if light traveled through a tiny hole into a darkened room, an image of the external world (off which the light rays had reflected) would re-form upside down on a wall opposite the tiny opening. By building room-sized cameras and placing unexposed photo paper across from a pinhole opening, Lutter has adopted the camera obscura as her singular working method, resulting in photographs with an ethereal, otherworldly beauty.
The Kids Are Alright
Akron, OH
From March 28, 2020 to August 09, 2020
Drawn entirely from the Akron Art Museum collection, the photographs in The Kids Are Alright examine both the dark side and the joy of teenage subcultures and countercultures. Four photographers-Vincent Cianni, Larry Clark, Ken Heyman and Dylan Vitone-record private moments in their subjects' everyday lives, giving viewers access to spontaneous, candid scenes. The hanging out, goofing off and rule breaking the artists document may seem aimless, but these activities can be important steps between youth and adulthood. Ken Heyman's scenes of hippies congregating in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district capture the bohemian movement at its height in the late 1960s. Drawn together by politics, music and a desire to escape the mainstream, these young people became America's quintessential teenage nonconformists. Larry Clark's grainy black-and-white photographs of his friends and fellow adolescent drug users in Oklahoma gained attention for their raw, confessional style when they were first published in the early 1970s. His honest and compassionate documentation of drug addiction remains vital today during the midst of America's wide-reaching opioid crisis. Vincent Cianni's series We Skate Hardcore focuses on the lives of Latinx rollerbladers in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood in the mid-1990s. Through the sport, the teens found an outlet for their energy and a way to stay out of trouble. Dylan Vitone's panoramic photographs of Skatopia, an anarchist skatepark near Rutland, Ohio, record the antics of skateboarders who make pilgrimages from across the country to skate homemade ramps and other features.
Thought Pieces
San Francisco, CA
From January 04, 2020 to August 09, 2020
In the early 1970s, Lew Thomas set out to disrupt photography in San Francisco. Tired of the mystical thinking and emotionalism that he felt had dominated work produced in the region since the 1940s, Thomas pursued a practice grounded in Conceptual art and contemporary philosophy. Donna-Lee Phillips and Hal Fischer were among the cohort of photographers who embraced Thomas's mission and followed his lead in exploring the relationship between photography and language. For a short but intensely active period from the mid to late 1970s, the three frequently exhibited together, wrote about one another's work, and published books under the imprint NFS Press, founded by Thomas and Phillips. This exhibition reunites their work for the first time in decades, offering an opportunity to reassess their legacy in the Bay Area, and their place in the larger history of photography.
Paul Stetzer
New York, NY
From July 28, 2020 to August 10, 2020
Black Lives Matter: The New Civil Rights MovementThe people of the United States have been struggling with the legacy of slavery. When George Floyd was killed by the police on May 25, a new stage in the battle for civil rights and justice erupted around the country. These images show people in New York City engaged in that struggle - with energy, determination, sadness, anger, hope, and vision.
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.
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.
Just Watch
San Francisco, CA
From March 19, 2020 to August 30, 2020
We are very pleased to welcome you on March 19th, 2020 to the opening reception of 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.

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