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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."
Pantea Karimi: The Unbearable Lightness Of Mathematics
Oakland, CA
From September 11, 2020 to October 17, 2020
Since 2014, Pantea Karimi's work has been an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts. Karimi's infatuation with science harkens back to a four-year science training in high-school with the aim of becoming a doctor; a goal that she abandoned to pursue an art career. For her solo exhibition, The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics, Karimi has made a series of mock blackboards animated by mathematical formulas in white chalk, topped with the phrase, In the Name of God, as well as the iconic headshots of Iran's revolutionary leaders. Coupled with "forbidden" objects that she was not supposed to carry in her school, mounted in the gallery, Karimi reconstructs the classroom of her science school in Iran. While a personal story, this "total work of art" connotes an oppressive educational system that did not leave any room for artistic and humanistic explorations. The paucity of the latter subjects is captured through the gradual fading of the contents of the mock blackboards into pure white. Mathematics was, indeed, too abstract and aloof to stimulate the articulation of subversive thoughts, artistic sentiments, and socio-political views. Unbearably "light" for the "heavy" atmosphere in which it was celebrated, mathematics is both the agonizing and the celebrated protagonist in this exhibition. PANTEA KARIMI is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works explore the intersection of art, history and science and examine how the broader aesthetic considerations of science are closely related to art. Utilizing conceptual and visual interpretations from her research, she creates individual bodies of artwork using interactive installations, VR, silkscreen, digital illustrations, and prints. Pantea Karimi has exhibited her works in diverse solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the United States. Her works are held in private and public collections and have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK and the United States. She is the recipient of the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant; the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award; and the 2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award.
It Comes in Many Forms
Providence, RI
From May 15, 2020 to October 18, 2020
It Comes in Many Forms: Islamic Art from the Collection presents textiles, decorative arts, and works on paper that attest to the pluralism of Islam and its expressions. From an Egyptian textile fragment dating to the 1100s to a contemporary woman's top by the Paris-based designer Azzedine Alaïa, 30 objects offer explorations into migration, diasporas, and exchange and suggest the difficulty of defining arts from a transnational religious viewpoint. This exhibition includes several works from the RISD Museum collection that have never been displayed before. 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.
Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop
Richmond, VA
From February 01, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Inspired by the archive of Richmond native Louis Draper, VMFA has organized an unprecedented exhibition that chronicles the first twenty years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of African American photographers he helped to found in 1963. More than 180 photographs by fifteen of the early members-Anthony Barboza, Adger Cowans, Danny Dawson, Roy DeCarava, Louis Draper, Al Fennar, Ray Francis, Herman Howard, Jimmie Mannas Jr., Herb Randall, Herb Robinson, Beuford Smith, Ming Smith, Shawn Walker, and Calvin Wilson-reveal the vision and commitment of this remarkable group of artists. When the collective began in New York City, they selected the name Kamoinge, which means “a group of people acting and working together” in Gikuyu, the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya. They met weekly, exhibited and published together, and pushed each other to expand the boundaries of photography as an art form during a critical era of Black self-determination in the 1960s and 1970s. The group organized several shows in their own gallery space, in addition to exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the International Center for Photography. They were also the driving force behind The Black Photographers Annual, a publication founded by Kamoinge member Beuford Smith, which featured the work of a wide variety of Black photographers at a time when mainstream publications offered them few opportunities. In the continuing spirit of Kamoinge, Shawn Walker, Beuford Smith, Herb Robinson, and Tony Barboza have also made significant archival contributions and are among the nine members who recorded oral histories to provide the fullest account of the group's first two decades. In addition, through a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, VMFA has digitized the Draper archive-which will be available online.
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San Francisco, CA
From September 08, 2020 to October 24, 2020
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present I’m Not the Only One, a group exhibition that explores solitude alongside our relentless yearning to connect, in photographs and videos from 19 artists that echo and reflect our current socially distant world.
Elongated Shadows
New York, NY
From September 05, 2020 to October 24, 2020
Elongated Shadows is a multimedia exhibition examining the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from the viewpoint of both the Americans who were behind the research and detonation of the bombs, and the Japanese civilians who were victimized in the infamous attacks. Two of the exhibition's artists, Kei Ito and Yukiyo Kawano, are third generation hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings. Through their work, they reflect upon their grandparents' experiences in an effort to better understand their own inherited trauma and the unknown impact of radiation across generations. The three additional artists have ties to the American side of the conflict. Suzanne Hodes has an intimate connection to the bombings as the wife one of the lead scientists who contributed to the creation of the bomb with the Manhattan Project. Andrew Paul Keiper and Ari Beser are both separated from the conflict by a generation. Keiper's grandfather was an engineer for the Manhattan Project and Beser's grandfather was the only person to fly on both the flights that dropped atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Planned for the 75th year anniversary of the bombings, the exhibition revisits one of the biggest catastrophes of human history in an effort to encourage a more measured response to current nuclear tensions. Elongated Shadows reveals the true impact of nuclear bombs. Gathering artists forever connected by tragedy, it prompts reflection on themes of forgiveness, identity, and heritage. *Elongated Shadows is an apexart New York City Open Call Exhibition, originally set to open at 291 Church St., New York, NY, however due to Covid-19, it will now be presented online.
8X10 Fundraising Exhibition
Carmel, CA
From September 19, 2020 to October 29, 2020
It's time for CPA's most exciting and important fundraiser of the year: our 8 x 10 Fundraising Exhibition! Our gallery will be filled with a wide-ranging selection of small framed works of art generously donated by our talented community of photographers. We have works by over 100 established and emerging artists from California and beyond! Due to COVID-19, our 8×10 Fundraiser will be an online auction this year instead of a raffle, but all the works will be installed in our gallery for the public to view in person as well. With the Center for Photographic Arts deep roots in traditional West Coast Photography and our historic space that once housed the Friends of Photography Gallery, we are pleased to report that our fundraising exhibition will have works by each of the founders of the Friends of Photography: Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. This special show also features contemporary works from rising stars in the photography world and local legends and favorites! While the majority of the works will be for auction, we have a special selection of photographs that will be for raffle only in the gallery.
 Osceola Refetoff: Kinematic Exposures
Los Angeles, CA
From September 12, 2020 to October 30, 2020
Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce Kinematic Exposures, an exhibition featuring Osceola Refetoff's ethereal pinhole camera works. The term Kinematic Exposure was coined by the artist to describe the handheld exposures he makes while moving about with a pinhole camera. Most of the images featured in this exhibition were all taken during a recent trip to Antarctica. Osceola Refetoff's images exist within traditional means - landscape, portraiture, editorial - and are variously produced using film, digital, infrared, and pinhole exposures, according to what best expresses the character of his subjects. Thus, despite his documentarian impulses and the fact that his images deliberately depict quite ordinary, even mundane, subjects, he trains on them a hyper-realistic and nuanced vision, often yielding surreal, even dreamlike images. His process generally happens “in camera,” at the moment of capture, in a kind of alchemical reaction that transforms the external world into something both unchanged and extraordinary, realistic and magical. Refetoff was born in Montreal. He now lives and works in Los Angeles. Since 1995, his work has been widely exhibited, including institutions like the San Diego Art Institute, Palm Springs Art Museum and Museo Area Archeologica Arte Contemporaena (Italy), and regularly reviewed in publications such as Artillery, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and The British Journal of Photography.
Alice Grebanier: Ephemera
Hopewell, NJ
From October 01, 2020 to October 30, 2020
The magic act of photography is that it captures the appearance of something at a specific time and place. The image captured is itself something new: a long-lasting record of the ephemeral observations of our eyes and brains. This exhibit explores the concept of ephemerality, as well as how photography itself both expands and disrupts our experience of the ephemeral nature of material and non-material things.
What is Home?
Chicago, IL
From September 11, 2020 to October 31, 2020
Catherine Edelman Gallery is excited to open the Fall season with What is Home? featuring work by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam and Rubén Martín de Lucas. The Webster dictionary defines home as “one's place of residence; the social unit formed by a family living together; a familiar or usual setting.” If you ask most people how they define home, it is either where they currently live, or where they grew up. But for many people today, home is not always tangible, due to displacement, border restrictions, or lack of safety. What is Home? brings together three photographers who each interpret the concept of home in very unique ways. For more than fifteen years, Keliy Anderson-Staley [b. 1977, Boston, MA] has been working on [Hyphen]-Americans, a photographic tintype portrait series that encapsulates what America looks like today. Using a large-format camera, Anderson-Staley photographs anyone interested in having their portrait taken, regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity, as she continually adds to her collection of more than 4000 portraits. In 2017, after her Houston home and studio were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, she created Shelter in Place, a wooden house constructed of 560 portraits of local residents, as a testament to the strength and resilience of Houstonians. The idea of building a house of strangers redefines the concept of home. In 2012, Syrian activist turned photographer Omar Imam [b. 1979 Damascus, Syria] was kidnapped and tortured by a militia and only let go when a friend intervened. Soon after, Imam left Damascus, first settling in Beirut, and now residing in Amsterdam with his wife and children. Syrialism is Imam's response to the reality of torture experienced by himself and other refugees who settled in Lebanon and other European countries. Like his earlier work, Imam met and talked with numerous refugees who had been abducted, recreating painful memories to bring awareness about the psychological and physical torment that continues today. No longer able to live in their native homelands, each person pictured has had to adopt a new place to call home. Rubén Martín de Lucas' [b. 1977, Madrid, Spain] work challenges the concept of home by constructing arbitrary boundaries in unexpected places. In Minimal Republics, he creates photographs about the concept of borders and our need for the structure they provide. Martín de Lucas creates each image the same: define and allocate 100m2 of space and inhabit it for 24 hours. From wheat fields to soccer fields to expanses of dried earth, unidentified pieces of land are transformed into a temporary residence for one. All three artists create work that invites us into different physical spaces that challenge the definition of home. We hope this exhibition inspires visitors to think about the concept of home and the inherent complexities this word invokes.
Past and Present: Photographs by Earlie Hudnall, Jr.
Dallas, TX
From September 01, 2020 to October 31, 2020
Recently Earlie Hudnall has experienced a groundswell of attention locally and nationally. Two months ago, during the Juneteenth celebration, the New York Times published his tender image, The Kiss, caught in the 3rd Ward in 1989 in Houston. And two weeks ago, TIME Magazine featured a generous 8-page spread of new and old images in their August 17th issue, as well as online. TIME Editor, Paul Moakley, who penned the article, has been following Earlie's career, earlier writing about him in in 2016 regarding Hudnall's influence on the cinematographer, James Laxton, when filming the Oscar winning Best Film, Moonlight. Earlie Hudnall, Houston's beloved documentarian of the 3rd and 4th Wards, has also had multiple exposures in recent art exhibitions, including the MFA Houston's very timely exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. In addition, a solo exhibition at the Houston City Hall features many of Hudnall's images from the 4th Ward, the historic neighborhood west of Downtown with roots that trace back to Freedmen's Town, settled by freed slaves. His work will also be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston this September. Earlie has provided a window to the vibrant communities of color in Houston for 40 years. These neighborhoods have changed, but because of Earlie's dedication to this work, we are fortunate to have these documents of Houston's inner city, that mirror so many cities of America. PDNB Gallery is devoting its gallery space and website to Earlie Hudnall, one of our most treasured artists that has been with the gallery since 1997. This exhibition will feature new work, as well as older images from his career that have not been seen in the gallery since the 1990's. The gallery is open by appointment only during normal business hours. Masks are required for safety.
Environmental Diversity: The World Trough a Lens
Palm Beach, FL
From September 19, 2020 to October 31, 2020
Throughout the history of photography, artists have depicted and explored the vast qualities of nature, building a pictorial legacy that generated profound effects on the viewer's senses and our collective understanding of the world. The intrinsic enchantment and harshness of the natural environment, coupled with the photographer's poetic undertaking of revealing the observed physical earth and its arresting beauty, created the grounds for a photographic subject that would ultimately showcase the myriad dimensions of earth's landscapes. These photographers could capture exquisite moments of awe in many diverse arenas, connecting the viewer's inner nature to the world's grand vastness. They could draw out mysteries in nature, to create plots and narratives beneath a cape of rich tones and contrasting values. These photographers could abstract the real world into sensuous forms or studies of color, reimagining the medium's possibilities, capturing surrounding nature in two dimensions. Picturing the sea, sky, and land, these contemporary and classic photographs use the environment as a continuous subject to explore the ever-changing earth. From the majestic photographs of Ansel Adams, Stephen Wilkes, and Andre Lichtenberg, we see the expansive landscape as a transformational space of open immensity. In the pictures of Neil Folberg, Sebastião Salgado, Bill Brandt, and Brett Weston, the natural world is translated into stark, tonal realities, often building the brightness or the pictures' layers out of darkness. Their work has an intrinsic "moodiness" to it. They are contrasted with the photographs of Eliot Porter, Francesca Piqueras, Joel Meyerowitz, George Tice, and Edward Weston, whose images center on forms that are often abstracted. Simultaneously, vivid colors are cast into the film's emulsion for these photos, highlighting the dynamic properties of diverse palettes and the beauty of a moment frozen in time. All of these photographers have developed individual voices and styles to complement their experiences of transcending locations and instants to expand observations into memorable photographs. Their photographs are proof of the keen focus and the visual power of the media to ‘picture' and express our limited understanding of our infinitely complicated planet. The works included in this exhibition surpass capturing mere moments and strive to present ideas that use photography to reveal new ways of seeing a topography that is both expressive and dynamic. Ultimately, these photographers present images of unadulterated, organic forms and connect them to a constant flux of creativity and possibility, all stemming from their admiration of nature's unrivaled beauty, mystery, and richness.
André Kertész: Seven Decades
Gainesville, FL
From November 26, 2019 to November 01, 2020
André Kertész (1894-1985) led the Modernist movement in photography, and determined photography's experimental joie de vivre for the 20th century. Kertész's unique vision and curiosity set the standard for the new, handheld 35mm camera. He knew how to be in the right place at the right time, anticipating, then capturing, images of grace, intrigue, and surrealist wit. During his years in Paris, Kertész was a mentor to Brassai and Henri Cartier-Bresson, showing them how to work and “see" as street photographers - a novel practice in the late 1920s. Cartier-Bresson said, "Whatever we have done, Kertész did first!" The 52 photographs in this exhibition cover seven decades of Kertész's prolific career, beginning in 1915 and concluding in 1984. Some are well known, others are examples of his experimentation with form and light. The photographs were a gift to the Harn Museum in 2018 through the generosity of three private collectors.
Christopher Makos: Dirty
New York, NY
From September 17, 2020 to November 07, 2020
Daniel Cooney Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Christopher Makos titled "Dirty." A career overview featuring mostly unseen work from every stage of the artist's life, Dirty features a selection of 40 vintage photographs, collages, and assemblages that celebrate the daring, decadent, and delectable moments of life with equal panache. Reveling in the spirit of freedom, innovation, and creativity that has defined Makos's oeuvre for half a century, Dirty features photographs of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Liza Minnelli, and John Lennon alongside a swath of sumptuous male nudes and figurative studies. This is in addition to original contact sheets, vintage Polaroids, silver oxide prints, gelatin silver prints and collages. The works featured in Dirty reflect the advice Makos received while apprenticing with Man Ray in Fregene, Italy, at the outset of his artistic journey in 1976 - "Obey your instinct." Possessed with the innate gift to fuse art and cultural artifact in a singular work, Makos came to the notice of kindred spirit, Andy Warhol, and the two quickly became lifelong collaborators and confidantes. Makos taught Warhol photography; Warhol taught Makos the business of art. Together the dynamic duo would travel the globe, enjoying the pleasures of mutual camaraderie. Dirty illustrates the many facets of their storied relationship, and Makos's role as an independent artist in the Factory. Whether photographing Warhol and Christopher Reeve in conversation, or sharing a more intimate moment with Warhol lying face down on the studio floor while receiving a full body massage, Makos is the consummate insider, recording history as it unfolds before his very eyes. Among the most significant works on view is Andy in Black Wig Contact Sheet (1981), a remarkable series of portraits of Warhol wrapped in a white sheet and donning a vivacious bobbed wig, embracing the experience of posing and being gazed upon while exploring notions of gender, a project he did exclusively with Makos. Sexy but not sensational, Dirty is a love letter reminding us of all the exquisite pleasure of love, life, and art. Makos is the author of 17 books including White Trash (1977), Warhol/Makos In Context (2007), Christopher Makos Polaroids (2009) and Everything: The Black and White Monograph (2014). His work has been published in Interview, Rolling Stone, House & Garden, Connoisseur, New York Magazine, Esquire, Genre and People. His works have been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The National Gallery, Washington, D.C., and The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.
Home on the Range
Santa Fe, NM
From September 11, 2020 to November 07, 2020
Obscura Gallery and Brant Mackley Gallery present our jointly curated in-gallery exhibition Home on the Range, an artistic exploration of cowboys in the American West from 19th-21st Century through photographs and objects. The exhibition will feature a selection of photographs from Obscura Gallery's contemporary photographers William Albert Allard and his legendary Vanishing Breed cowboy book, Kurt Markus’s poignant After Barbered Wire cowboy photographs, Joan Myers’ recently published Where the Buffalo Roamed photographs of the ‘new’ West, and Manuello Paganelli’s photographs of African American cowboys in the West. In addition, the exhibition will be accompanied by legendary 19th Century ranching photographer Laton Alton (LA) Huffman from Montana, as well as images from one of the first female ranching photographers, Elsa Spear Edwards Byron. Brant Mackley Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of Navajo saddle blankets and Northern Plains Indian beadwork from the late 19th through early 20th Century as well as other related material.
Tom Zetterstrom: Moving Point of View
La Jolla, CA
From September 29, 2020 to November 07, 2020
Tom Zetterstrom, Moving Point of View. 1972-1985 Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present Tom Zetterstrom's long-running series, "Moving Point of View." The show will be on view in the gallery from September 29 to November 7, 2020. Raising questions about established photographic realities, Tom Zetterstrom's silver prints, made throughout the 1970s and 80s, synthesize traditional landscape photography with a cinematic sweep of motion. Shot from a car, a train, or airplane, the unique combination of elements that results - some adrift, some still - makes the viewer acutely aware of his lagging eyes and mind when confronted with the more efficient oculus of the camera. Going to considerable lengths to facilitate his artistic fiction, including wiring strobe lights to the front of his car and carefully setting the camera tripod in the center of the front seat, Zetterstrom reveals the beauty and surprise inherent in his photographic portrayal of movement. "Moving Point of View... consists of images that hurdle by, a mass of streaks and whorls, or that hang as if caught in the middle of a seismic shudder, they are as desolate as any painted by Caspar David Fredrich." - Vivien Raynor, New York Times "Initially, I was interested in the lateral, frontal, and curved motion captured by the careening car-camera. Gradually, however, I was drawn toward a more complex concept; the tenuous interaction between these machines and the passing landscape. These photographs interrupt the flow of time and motion; they capture the essence of a glance. In doing so, they hold onto evasive reality, revealing the precarious balance between the intangible and the actual." "From his photographs [the photographer] learned that the appearance of the world was richer and less simple than his mind would have guessed. He discovered that his pictures could reveal not only the clarity but the obscurity of these things, and that these mysterious and evasive images could also, in their own terms, seem ordered and meaningful." - John Szarkowski Tom Zetterstrom (b. 1945) lives in Connecticut. He has photographed trees extensively and is an activist in their protection. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art; Fogg Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The High Museum of Art; George Eastman Museum; The Library of Congress; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Saint Louis Museum of Art, among others.
Hugh Holland: Silver. Skate. Seventies.
Los Angeles, CA
From October 19, 2019 to November 09, 2020
M+B Photo is pleased to announce Silver. Skate. Seventies., an exhibition of black and white photographs by Hugh Holland on the occasion of the release of his latest monograph published by Chronicle Chroma Books. The exhibition includes never-before-seen photographs from Holland's archives, including some of his earliest photographs documenting the rise of the Southern California skateboard revolution in the 70s. The exhibition runs from October 19 to November 9, 2019, with an opening reception and book signing at M+B, 612 North Almont Drive, on Saturday, October 19 from 4 to 7 pm. Having spread from its roots as a small counter-culture activity, skateboarding has now permeated society, leaving its footprint on global culture. Initially considered an anarchic form of self-expression practiced by a small band of outcasts, skateboarding exploded on the west coast of America in the late 70s and 80s coinciding with the emergence of US punk rock. Beginning in 1975, photographer Hugh Holland masterfully captured the burgeoning culture of skateboarding against a sometimes harsh, but always sunny Southern California landscape. These iconic images were first inspired on a late afternoon when Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. From suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, Los Angeles was the place the birthplace of the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached-blond hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders evoke the sometimes reckless, but always exhilarating origins of skateboarding culture. In Silver. Skate. Seventies., Hugh Holland presents a raw, spontaneous understanding to his well-known color photographs of the 1970's skating scene. Holland shot these negatives while experimenting with new ideas, and often, for his own enjoyment. These early black and white images were in many ways the genesis for his later color works—providing us with a rare glimpse behind the creative curtain.
Amy Arbus, On the Street 1980-1990
Brattleboro, VT
From October 10, 2020 to November 10, 2020
Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to offer Amy Arbus, On the Street 1980-1990, a cutting edge series of photographs that resonates today with the nostalgic yearning for the innocence and idealism of an earlier time. In 1980 when I started working for The Village Voice I didn't think of myself as an artist, in part, because I was working for a newspaper. I also didn't consider myself a journalist because I wasn't covering the news. I was making photographic portraits for a style page called, "On the Street." My page ran every six weeks with the tagline, "There are eight million fashions in the Naked City and Amy Arbus is going to photograph all of them… a few at a time." It felt like a tremendous undertaking. After making these images for ten years, I realized that what I had created was a chronicle of a seminal time in New York City's history. The young people in downtown Manhattan in the 1980s didn't have much money but they were tremendously creative and determined to succeed as artists. Among my subjects were musicians, clothing designers, performance artists, writers, and painters. They dressed to be noticed, as if it were their calling card. There was a palpable sense of romance about life and all it had to offer, an innocence the likes of which we have not seen since. This series taught me how to resolve technical challenges. The prints, when reproduced in the newspaper, appeared dark with increased contrast. My subjects often wore black, had various skin tones and the tall buildings of the city created top lighting. To solve these issues I used a flash-fill technique. I measured the light on the background with the light meter in my Nikon FM 2 camera and set my on-camera flash to mimic the exposure. This illuminated my subjects with a hard, flat light and opened up the shadows. It made people look like they were popping out of the background. Although I was raised in Greenwich Village, I felt like I was on the outside of the "scene" I was documenting. Everyone else seemed to know each other, but my camera gave me access to their world. I found them endlessly intriguing as did others because "On the Street" had a big following. People watched for their friends to appear in the paper or waited to be discovered themselves. When I approached people, they were eager to be included in this chic roster of intrepid individuals. Being included was like getting an award for your creativity. Five hundred photographs were published in "On the Street" over the course of ten years. I wasn't surprised that many of these talented people went on to become famous. In 1983, when I photographed Madonna on St. Marks Place, it was the same week her first single was being reviewed by The Village Voice. She stood there wearing a stained coat, clogs, and carrying a bowling bag as a purse. She looked at the camera as though she could see her own future. When asked about her style, she said, "I still have my pajamas on." Looking back at the images from "On the Street" and I am able to acknowledge that I was, in fact, both an artist and journalist. My page captured such a vital time in the city's culture both before and during the AIDS crisis. "On the Street" is my early work. The pictures have a snapshot aesthetic, but they are deceptively organized. Many of the pictures are posed and often the subjects are making direct eye contact with the camera. I used a low camera angle, making my subjects look like superheroes. These photographs have all the excitement and "mistakes" of a novice; but they remain my most iconic and sought after series of work. Amy Arbus
Southern Rites
Baltimore, MD
From September 17, 2020 to December 12, 2020
American photographer Gillian Laub (b. 1975) has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. Her work frequently addresses the experiences of adolescents and young adults in transition who struggle to understand their present moment and collective past. In 2002, Laub was sent on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. The Montgomery County residents Laub encountered were warm and polite, both proud of their history and protective of their neighbors. To the photographer, Mount Vernon, a town nestled among fields of Vidalia onions, symbolized the archetype of pastoral, small town American life. Yet this idyllic town was also held hostage by a dark past, manifesting in the racial tensions that scar much of American history. Laub learned that the joyful adolescent rites of passage celebrated in this rural countryside-high school homecomings and proms-were still racially segregated. Laub photographed Montgomery County over the following decade, returning even in the face of growing-and eventually violent-resistance on the part of some community members. In 2009, a few months after Barack Obama's first inauguration, Laub's photographs of segregated proms were published in the New York Times Magazine. The story brought national attention to the town and the following year the proms were finally integrated. The power of the photographic image served as the catalyst and, for a moment, progress seemed inevitable. Then, in early 2011, tragedy struck the town. Justin Patterson, a twenty-two-year-old unarmed African American man-whose segregated high school homecoming Laub had photographed-was shot and killed by a sixty-two-year-old white man. At first, the murder seemed to confirm every assumption about the legacy of inequality and prejudice that the community was struggling to shake. But the truth was more nuanced than a quick headline could telegraph. Disturbed by the entrenched racism and discrimination that she encountered, Laub recognized that a larger story needed to be told. Her project, which began as an exploration of segregated high school rituals, evolved into an urgent mandate to confront painful realities. Relying on her incisive and empathic eye as a photographer, she explored the history of Montgomery County and recorded the stories and lives of its youth. What emerged over the next decade-during which the country witnessed the rise of citizen journalism and a conflagration of racially motivated violence, re-elected its first African American president, and experienced the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement-was a complex story about adolescence, race, the legacy of slavery, and the deeply rooted practice of segregation in the American South. In Southern Rites, Laub engages her skills as a photographer, filmmaker, storyteller, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness. Through her lens and the voices of her subjects we encounter that which some of us do not want to witness, but what is vital for us to see. Southern Rites is a specific story about young people in the twenty-first century from the American South, but it poses a universal question about human experience: can a new generation liberate itself from a harrowing and traumatic past to create a different future? Southern Rites is organized by the International Center of Photography and ICP curator Maya Benton.
Krista Svalbonas: Recent Works
New York, NY
From October 21, 2020 to December 19, 2020
KLOMPCHING GALLERY is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent work, by artist Krista Svalbonas. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition at the gallery, following announcement of her representation. As the child of parents who arrived in the United States as refugee, ideas of home and dislocation have always been compelling to Krista Svalbonas. Her work explores this theme, with architectural structure serving as the anchor around which she explores family history and subsequent personal identity in relation of 'place'. Project titles such as 'Displacement', 'Migrants', 'Migrator', 'In The Presence of Memory' are seemingly simple pointers to a subject that is layered and complex. The exhibition is a survey of the artist's recent works—spanning several of these projects—and bringing to the gallery for the first time, artworks that extend beyond photography. The show incorporate mixed media, painting, 3-dimensional sculptural pieces and photographs incorporating laser-cutting. Whatever the media utilized by the artist, the starting point is lens-based, and informed by photography's monocular vision.
Odette England: Love Notes
New York, NY
From October 21, 2020 to December 19, 2020
Originally programmed for Spring 2020, this exhibition is now scheduled for the Fall. We're delighted to be premiering new work from the 'Love Notes' series, as well as presenting collector favorites from previous bodies of work. More information and details regarding Artworks will be available online from August 1st. A public Opening Reception is scheduled for October 22nd, 6:00–8:00pm.
Paul Smith
New York, NY
From November 12, 2020 to December 19, 2020
Paul Smith's first one-man show at ABC No Rio in 1983, about the civil war in Guatemala, was reviewed by Walter Robinson, with works subsequently included in museum shows curated by Lucy Lippard, Leon Golub and Lowery Sims. This was followed in the '80's by three solo shows at the East Village's Greathouse Gallery, and innumerable group shows. He was included in surveys of the East Village scene curated by Henry Geldzahler, Sur Rodney Sur, Phyllis Plous, John Caldwell, Tom Solomon, etc. He also participated in many projects with Group Material, from "Subculture" on NYC subways in 1983, to "MASS" at MOMA, 1988 (in "Committed to Print"), and "The Decade Show" in 1990 at the New Museum, MOCHA & the Studio Museum in Harlem. Smith curated several exhibitions at ABC No Rio and NYC nightclubs, including works by then unknown artists such as Andres Serrano and Zoe Leonard alongside early works by Richard Prince, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, etc. Friendship with David Wojnarowicz led to a role in Rosa von Praunheim's film "Silence Equals Death" 1990, and in several Wojnarowicz photographs. A 1991 Fullbright fellowship in India led to friendships with and writings on Indian artists including Raghubir Singh, Bhupen Khakhar and Vivan Sunderam, a solo exhibition and workshop at the National Centre for Photography, Mumbai, and a project with SAHMAT at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Rhabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. In 1994 he showed Guatemalan paintings at galleries in Guatemala City, Antigua, and Panajachel--where he continues to work several months most years. His use of wide-angled, curvilinear picture planes led to participation in a widely travelled Hudson River Museum show, "The World is Round" curated by Marcia Clark, and discussion in the forward to a translation of the seminal book CURVILINEAR PERSPECTIVE (Flocon & Barre). From 2008 to 2016 he participated in the Brucennial exhibitions and Free University of the Bruce High Quality Foundation, which he chronicled in a 2-part feature article in Art In America. Smith has written on art frequently for magazines Arts, Art In America, Artnet and The Economist. His work is included in the collections of the NY Stock Exchange, Coca-Cola and The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh. He's received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a Cummington Center for the Arts residency, and a Skowhegan School Governor's award, among other prizes. He's taught at Brooklyn & Queens Colleges, CUNY, the Newark School of Art & the N J Center for the Arts, Summit NJ. He has a B.A. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and a MFA from Brooklyn College.
Collecting New York
New York, NY
From February 06, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Collecting New York's Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious features highlights drawn from the hundreds of additions to the Museum’s permanent collection over the past three years, running the gamut from the colonial era to the recent past. A gallery of historic and contemporary photographs, currently open, showcases works by both well-known and emerging artists, including Janette Beckman, Bruce Davidson, Helen Levitt, Ruddy Roye, Richard Sandler, Gail Thacker, James Van Der Zee, Harvey Wang, and many others. A companion gallery presents original drawings by long-time New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg alongside gifts of garments, posters, decorative arts objects, and many other artifacts speaking to the everyday life of the city. Together, these beautiful, eclectic, and poignant images and objects illuminate the compelling and layered identity of New York and its stories.
Paul Jasmin: Lost Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
From September 24, 2020 to December 31, 2020
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Paul Jasmin: Lost Angeles, a selection of works celebrating Jasmin's long career and the gallery's first exhibition by the legendary Los Angeles photographer. Paul Jasmin's photographs are a dreamy tableau that takes the viewer on a journey of seductive beauty and erotic ennui. Lost Angeles highlights the last 50 years Jasmin has spent photographing L.A.'s young dreamers. Jasmin's images eloquently mirror the mythology of the city in the vulnerability and intangible cool of his subjects. There is life in his portraits of smiling girls and strong and frail men - and the never fading love for the Los Angeles street scenes. There is a nostalgic myth of a splendid and ideal aesthetic, stopped and caught forever. Paul Jasmin has had a long career as a fashion and art photographer. He was born in Helena, Montana and in 1954 left to begin an incredible journey that would take him to Paris, Morocco, New York, and eventually "the city of dreams", Los Angeles. Paul had been an illustrator, a painter, and an actor before picking up a camera - at the urging of his friend, Bruce Weber. Jasmin's images of real and imagined dreamers evoke a sensual and glamorous ideal while firmly rooted in reality. His Editorial work appears in Vogue, Teen Vogue, GQ, Details, V Magazine, V Man, Vogue Hommes, W, Nylon, Interview, Mr Porter, APC, Ron Herman, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, and Nordstrom. Paul Jasmin lives and works in Los Angeles where he teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Paul's photography books include the much-acclaimed Hollywood Cowboy (2002) and its follow up, Lost Angeles (2004). In December 2010, Steidl/7l published Paul's third book, California Dreaming.
ICPConcerned Global Images for Global Crisis
New York, NY
From October 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020
On March 20, the International Center of Photography announced an open call for imagemakers around the world to post and tag imagery of their experiences as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. The hashtag #ICPConcerned was named in recognition of ICP's founding principle to champion "concerned photography"-socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world. Confirmed cases had just surpassed 200,000 globally. It had taken over three months to reach the first 100,000 and just 12 days to reach the next 100,000. By March 24 the number had surpassed 400,000. The virus is invisible and its deadliest effects were happening in near isolation. As the confirmed cases in New York City reached 10,000 the number of #ICPConcerned images on Instagram also reached 10,000. Photojournalism and documentary pictures sit with staged and more metaphorical photographs. Amateur smartphone pictures are being uploaded alongside the work of professional imagemakers. A whole range of emotions is present: anger, despair, loss, confusion, frustration, boredom, loneliness, strength, and resolve. Data shows the virus disproportionally affects people of color and those who are otherwise marginalized and disadvantaged. Everyone is in the same storm, but not in the same boat. On May 25, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in Minneapolis by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. The murder was filmed by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier and the video helped galvanize protests against police brutality and marches in support of Black lives around the world. Millions came out of isolation to gather in anger and defiance of centuries of systemic racism and white supremacy. Within days, streets went from empty to full of protest. Thousands of #ICPConcerned images of the demonstrations were uploaded and shared. Intense debates erupted about the way the protests were being documented. Should faces be shown? Who has the right to photograph? Who was the media commissioning to take photographs? In June, ICP initiated an evolving #ICPConcerned exhibition in its largest gallery space. One thousand images are being chosen by a wide range of ICP staff-curators, administrators, and educators. Photographers are being contacted, and prints made in the gallery space. For a time, no one was able to visit but the process and the installation were documented and shown online, taking the images back to the worldwide audience that made them. Now, the returning public will be able to come see a visual account of this tumultuous era. The number of photographs in the show heads toward one thousand, and so far, represents submissions from over 60 countries. Images responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of Black Lives Matter expose the effects of corporate greed, mass unemployment, ecological crisis, and deep fear about the future. What we interpreted as "normal" pre-pandemic is being challenged by what we have learned about the interconnectedness of our problems and the interdependence of our lives.
 COVID New York Five ICP Alumni
New York, NY
From October 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020
In March, ICP commissioned five photographers based in various parts of New York to make work in response to the COVID-19 crisis. They are Yuki Iwamura, Sarah Blesener, Jeenah Moon, Gaia Squarci, and Jeff Mermelstein. Although they are from very different cultural backgrounds, all are alumni of ICP's One-Year Certificate Programs. They worked through the month of April, when the virus was at its initial peak in the city. Each photographer's experience was different, and each made a distinctive approach. The results include reportage, image-text storytelling, autobiography, fiction, and street photography. The restrictions under which they worked were severe, but restrictions often motivate image makers to be resourceful, to find new means of expression. Breaking with expectations of themselves and the medium, they experimented in pursuit of visual strategies to shed important light upon what the people of the city endured that month.
 George Georgiou Americans Parade
New York, NY
From October 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Between January and November 2016, George Georgiou photographed spectators lining the streets of big cities and small towns across the United States of America, as they watched or waited for parades. He visited fourteen different states, twenty-four cities, and twenty-six parades. The visual approach was simple and eloquent. Standing on one side of the route, Georgiou would wait for a clear view to photograph a section of the group on the other. The New York Times saw some early examples and immediately supported the project, allowing Georgiou to make several extended trips from his home in England. Georgiou photographed throughout the 2016 presidential campaigns. The first parade he visited was a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Long Beach, California. The last was in Brockton, Massachusetts, on November 26, shortly after Donald Trump had been elected president. Along the way, he photographed Gay Pride, Saint Patrick's Day, Jesse James parades, Mermaid Parades, George Washington Day, Charro Days, the Fourth of July, Black History Month, Thanksgiving Day, and Mardi Gras.
Being Seen: Recent Acquisitions from The Ringling Photography Collection
Saratoga, FL
From April 19, 2020 to January 03, 2021
Curated from The Ringling's photography collection, this exhibition features works by photographers who examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood. Consisting primarily of self-portraits and portraits of empowered subjects, these works explore personal agency at the intersection of politics and the female body. Many of the artists in the exhibition are recognized as leading voices in contemporary art and offer diverse perspectives on issues surrounding power, sexuality, and self-representation. Each photograph presents a unique invitation to renew the dialogue on the authority of the gaze in the twentieth-first century. Being Seen also includes numerous works by significant women photographers from the twentieth century, added to the collection in recent years. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore themes of agency, visibility, and gender through the lens of a broader historical context.
Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography
Houston, TX
From March 03, 2020 to January 03, 2021
Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography documents and celebrates the diversity of neighborhoods throughout the city. The annual exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and area high schools. Now in its 25th year, Eye on Houston invites students to offer a glimpse into their daily lives, experiences, and personal stories. Each generation witnesses Houston through new eyes, seeing and experiencing a fresh incarnation of the city. Utilizing photography as a tool, these student photographers document their perspectives. All Houston Independent School District high schools were invited to take part this year, and the Museum received more than 1,000 submissions from across the Houston area. The diversity of these areas, and the connections between them, emerge through images that explore several themes: Movement, Home, Cultures, Family, and Growing Up. The 100 photographs chosen for the exhibition showcase work by freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The 11 participating schools are Bellaire High School, Carnegie Vanguard High School, César E. Chavez High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Eastwood Academy, Furr High School, Jane Long Academy, Sharpstown High School, Westbury High School, Westside High School, and Jack Yates High School.
Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass
Gainesville, FL
From April 05, 2020 to January 03, 2021
Dreaming Alice celebrates internationally-acclaimed artist Maggie Taylor and her recent body of work, an illustration of "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There," by Lewis Carroll. Taylor has garnered widespread attention for her breakthrough use of technology in her art. Sixty-two photographs make aesthetically innovative use of 19th-century photography (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes), as well as scanned images of insects, dolls, flora and fauna. Taylor's object scans and digital manipulation to her own photographs generate dream-like imagery, with a 21st-century take on the Victorian Era. The whimsical subject matter and unique form of photography will intrigue visitors of all ages. This exhibition is made possible with support from the Margaret J. Early Program Endowment, the Harn Curator of Photography Endowment, the Harn Program Endowment, Kenneth and Laura Berns, and David Etherington and Jeff Dunn, with additional support from a group of generous donors.
Erik Madigan Heck: The Garden
Atlanta, GA
From November 06, 2020 to January 15, 2021
The Garden is an ongoing body of work depicting Heck's wife and two young sons in a variety of richly colourful surroundings. The photographs draw upon Catholic iconography and other mythic pictorial traditions to develop a color-based narrative evocative of spiritual archetypes and the processes of dissolution and rebirth. The series moves through a singular world - a fairytale in which figures and settings become tableaux for hyper-concentrated tonal arrangements. Images are composited and oversaturated with color to create painterly and surreal compositions in which the familiar and fantastic are merged. Completing its aesthetic fantasy through lavish clothes, gestures of dreamlike poignancy, and an Edenic environment, The Garden expresses the supramundane innocence and spontaneity that art makes possible-a life lived in the direct, immediate experience of beauty. Shot predominantly at the family's home in New England, the series initially elicits comparisons with other contemporary photography confronting family life. But though the subjects of Heck's photographs are ostensibly his family, The Garden's real subject matter is color and the aesthetic possibilities of photography to create what it captures.
Ansel Adams in Our Time
Portland, OR
From October 17, 2020 to January 24, 2021
Ansel Adams in Our Time celebrates the visual legacy of the acclaimed American photographer and includes some of his most iconic images, from a symphonic view of snow-dusted peaks in The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942) to the sublime Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park (1960). More than 100 photographs by Adams, displayed alongside images by photographers working both before and after him, will offer visitors a deeper perspective on themes central to Adams’s practice, demonstrate the power of his legacy, and spark conversation about the state of the American landscape of the 21st century.
Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern
San Diego, CA
From September 26, 2020 to February 14, 2021
Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern focuses on photographs made by Aaron Siskind during the late 1940s and 1950s while he was interacting with the major figures of mid-twentieth century painting. The exhibition concentrates on a pivotal period when Siskind's interest in abstraction established a new frame of reference for postwar photography in the larger precincts of art. The installation - a portion of which will reinterpret the groupings and design of Siskind's Egan Gallery exhibitions - will examine the relationship between Siskind's approach to the walls of the galleries as surfaces of display and the flat surface of the works of art themselves. The exhibition is curated by Merry Foresta, MOPA Curator-At-Large, formerly Senior Curator of Photography and Director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative. A catalog with essays by Merry Foresta and Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOPA, will accompany the exhibition. Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York; Massey Charitable Trust; and the Gardner Bilingual Fund.
Deana Lawson
Boston, MA
From November 18, 2020 to March 14, 2021
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Deana Lawson (b. 1979 in Rochester, NY). Lawson is a singular voice in photography today. For more than 15 years, she has been investigating and challenging the conventional representations of black identities. Drawing on a wide spectrum of photographic languages, including the family album, studio portraiture, staged tableaux, documentary pictures, and appropriated images, Lawson's posed photographs channel broader ideas about personal and social histories, sexuality, and spiritual beliefs. Lawson's large-format color photographs are highly staged and depict individuals, couples, and families in both domestic and public settings, picturing narratives of family, love, and desire. Engaging members of her own community as well as strangers she meets on the street, she meticulously poses her subjects in a variety of interiors to create what the artist describes as “a mirror of everyday life, but also a projection of what I want to happen. It's about setting a different standard of values and saying that everyday black lives, everyday experiences, are beautiful, and powerful, and intelligent.” Lawson's works are made in collaboration with her subjects, who are often nude, embracing, and directly confronting the camera, destabilizing the notion of photography as a passively voyeuristic medium. This survey exhibition will include a selection of photographs from 2004 to the present, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalog, featuring the voices and perspectives of a variety of scholars, historians, and writers.
Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography
San Diego, CA
From March 07, 2020 to May 22, 2021
Inspired by the last three decades of China's dynamic development, Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography features Chinese artists who question traditional aesthetics, local and global histories, and the photographic medium. Each featured artist has found his/her artistic voice by not only questioning traditional Chinese aesthetics but also challenging conventional expressions of the photographic medium. The show's selected contemporary Chinese artists, many of whom have never been exhibited in an American museum before, all continue to push the boundaries of photographic art with new technologies and innovative perspectives. The exhibition is curated by Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, an art historian and Asian art specialist previously based in Beijing for nearly a decade, and who has curated over thirty exhibitions around the world. Artists included in the exhibition are Lang Jingshan (1892-1995), Chu Chu, Hong Lei, Ni Youyu, Shao Wenhuan, Shi Guorui, Wang Ningde, Yang Fudong, and Yang Yongliang. A catalog published by the Museum of Photographic Arts will accompany the exhibition.
Illusion: The Magic of Motion
San Diego, CA
From February 11, 2020 to May 22, 2021
Did you know that the idea for the camera existed 2,000 years before photography was invented? That the Chinese invented eyeglasses 300 years before they appeared in Europe? Or that photographs of a galloping horse captured the stages of motion for the first time? Illusion: The Magic of Motion explores how photography was not suddenly discovered but came about as a result of several centuries of scientific and artistic explorations into light, optics, and perception. Artworks in the exhibition show the invention of cinema, works created through perspective and anamorphosis, the magic of shadow puppets, and how the human eye perceives motion. Artists in the show include historic photographers Eadweard J. Muybridge, Berenice Abbot, Phillip Leonian, and Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and contemporary photographers Ori Gersht, Eric Dyer, and Luis González Palma.
Warranted to Give Satisfaction: Daguerreotypes by Jeremiah Gurney
Washington, DC
From June 12, 2020 to June 06, 2021
In 1840, Jeremiah Gurney abandoned his career as a jeweler to establish one of New York City's first daguerreotype studios. Despite vigorous competition from rivals such as Mathew Brady, Gurney soon developed his reputation as a leading camera artist whose works were "nearer to absolute perfection" than those of other daguerreotypists. Widely admired for the beautiful, hand-tinted images produced in his studio, Gurney continued to make daguerreotypes until the latter half of the 1850s, when he began transitioning to paper print photography. This exhibition will feature a selection of daguerreotype portraits by Gurney from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, alongside works from several private collections. This exhibition is curated by Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard.
Storied Women of the Civil War Era
Washington, DC
From May 24, 2019 to March 20, 2022
During the Civil War era, numerous women rose to national prominence - from First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln to the actress and Union spy Pauline Cushman. This intimate exhibition includes portraits of these and other intriguing women who captivated the public while becoming sought-after subjects for Mathew Brady's camera. Ann Shumard, the National Portrait Gallery’s senior curator of photographs, is the curator of this exhibition.
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