Young America: the daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes, an extensive exhibition of over 150 works that include self-portraits and landscape views, as well as experimental works. The Open Book: a history of the photographic book from 1878 to present, 200 of the most significant examples of the genre from such artists as El Lissitzky, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many others. Forget Me Not: photography and remembrance, approximately 75 such objects, extraordinary works of art created by ordinary people
YOUNG AMERICA: THE DAGUERREOTYPES OF SOUTHWORTH & HAWES
Widely acknowledged as the finest masters of the daguerreotype, the Boston partnership of Albert Sands Southworth (1811-1894) and Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1901) flourished from 1845 to 1862. During this period they photographed many of the leading figures of the day, including Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jenny Lind, and William Lloyd Garrison. Although their business centered on portraiture, Southworth & Hawes recognized in photography a vivid new pictorial language of art and communication that captured the optimistic culture and independent spirit of antebellum America. Photographic historians have long acclaimed the daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes for the uncommon naturalistic style, attention to detail, and aesthetic quality of their portraits, but recent researches and discoveries have radically transformed our perceptions of their work. This extensive exhibition of over 150 works will include self-portraits and landscape views, as well as experimental works, such as a view of clouds in the sky, an image many thought was impossible because of the slow exposure time of the daguerreotype.
Young America is jointly organized by the George Eastman House and the International Center of Photography; the curators are Grant Romer, Director of the Advanced Residency in Photographic Conservation at the George Eastman House, and Brian Wallis, Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue raisonne jointly published by ICP/Eastman House/Steidl.
THE OPEN BOOK: A HISTORY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK FROM 1878 TO THE PRESENT
A unique art form in their own right, photography books have played a major role within the photographic tradition almost since photographs were first taken. The Open Book will showcase the art of the photography book from the late nineteenth century to the present day, displaying 200 of the most significant examples of the genre from such artists as El Lissitzky, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Daido Moriyama, Robert Frank, and Larry Clark.
This traveling exhibition was produced by Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden, in cooperation with Arctic Paper, with books selected by Karl Lagerfeld, Ute Eskildsen, Gerhard Steidl, Christoph Schifferli, Ingrid Sischy, Andrew Roth, and Hasse Persson. The New York presentation is made possible with support from Fred and Stephanie Shuman, Philip E. Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, M.D., and Richard S. Frary.
FORGET ME NOT: PHOTOGRAPHY AND REMEMBRANCE
Since its invention, photography has been inextricably bound up with remembrance. Photographs recall family, beloved friends, special moments, trips, and other events, speaking across time and place to create an emotional bond between subject and viewer. Forget Me Not focuses on this relationship between photography and memory, and explores the curious practice of strengthening the emotional appeal of photographs by embellishing them -with text, paint, frames, embroidery, fabric, string, hair, flowers, cigar wrappers, butterfly wings, and more- to create strange and often beautiful hybrid objects. This exhibition will feature approximately seventy-five such objects, extraordinary works of art created by ordinary people. Forget Me Not was curated by Geoffrey Batchen, Professor of the History of Photography at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue published by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Princeton Architectural Press.
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