Wild Choir: Cinematic Portraits
Wild Choir: Cinematic Portraits
Jeremy Blake's hallucinogenic digital videos combine representational and abstract imagery in the service of loose and evocative visual narratives. In this exhibition the artist will premiere the third in his series of cinematic portraits, a collaboration with the legendary and highly influential British fashion designer, boutique entrepreneur, punk rock band manager (Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow, and Adam and the Ants), and otherwise cultural impresario, Malcolm McLaren. Wild Choir will also feature Blake’s other psychological pop portraits, and a selection of recent digital C prints.
Jeremy Blake grew up in the Washington, DC area and took his first art classes at the Corcoran. Today he is internationally renowned, with his work being collected by and shown in major museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Blake is the Corcoran's Artist-in-Residence for fall 2007, and his exhibition will be accompanied by a host of educational programs for students in the College of Art + Design as well as for the Gallery's visiting public.
September 15, 2007 - January 27, 2008
Ansel Adams takes a new look at the work of this important and influential photographer through approximately 125 images drawn from The Lane Collection. Acquired by William H. and Saundra Lane directly from the artist during a 10-year period in the early 1960s and 1970s, the photographs showcase Adams’ extraordinary range and span the length of his six-decade career. Rarely exhibited prints including portraits and documentary images are presented along with several of Adams’ iconic landscapes, offering new insight into one of the very few photographers in the history of the medium whose name and images enjoy worldwide recognition. While best known for his dramatic vistas of the American West, Adams is perhaps equally significant as an innovator of modern photography techniques, a tireless advocate for the recognition of photography as a fine art, and a passionate leader of the environmental movement in the United States.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005
October 13, 2007 - January 13, 2008
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005 includes more than 200 photographs by the celebrated photographer, encompassing well-known portraits made on editorial assignment as well as personal photographs of her family and close friends. "I don't have two lives," Leibovitz says. "This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it." The exhibition threads together the two sides of the artist’s work both chronologically and creatively. It includes a range of works, from portraits of Mikhail Baryshnikov, George W. Bush with members of his cabinet, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, and Brad Pitt, among many others; to reportage from Sarajevo, the Senate election of Hillary Clinton, and the aftermath of September 11th; to landscapes from the Jordanian desert and the American West. Leibovitz’s personal photography document her family and friends including her parents and siblings and the birth and childhood of her three daughters.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum
Sponsored by American Express
Image: Jeremy Blake, Sodium Fox, 2005, digital animation with sound on DVD, stills from 14-minute continuous loop, courtesy Kinz, Tillou + Feigen, New York
Press Preview: Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 10:00 a.m.
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