Photo Exhibitions

PHOTO EXHIBITIONS

 

Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit
ON VIEW OCTOBER 1-JANUARY 16

Cain't SeeAn exhibition of new photographs and video works by artist Hank Willis Thomas, organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Thomas explores how the concepts of spectacle and display relate to notions of African American identity. Organized by the Corcoran, and shown concurrently with 30 Americans, Strange Fruit examines two forms of spectacle – the historic culture of lynchings and the commodification that surrounds professional sports – and analyzes their impact on the presentation and the perception of the black body. With contemporary representations of athletes shown together with historic images of lynched men and women, this provocative exhibition invites viewers to consider, remember, and question the transformation of black bodies into souvenirs and commercial objects. Calling attention to parallels between these disparate but linked ideas, Thomas explores how disturbing historical images inform our present perceptions.

Gordon Parks: Photographs from the Collection
ON VIEW OCTOBER 1-JANUARY 16

American GothicDrawn exclusively from the Corcoran Collection, this exhibition of approximately 25 works by Gordon Parks – including American Gothic – is on view October 1-January 16. One of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was perhaps best known for his work as a photojournalist. He used photography, film, writing, and music to express an enduring message of hope in the face of adversity. This exhibition showcases a selection of Parks’s photographic essays about pressing social issues like poverty, race, segregation, and crime. 

On Saturday, November 12 at 3 p.m., Kaitlin Booher, curatorial assistant, will lead a tour of special exhibitions Hank Willis Thomas: Strange Fruit and Gordon Parks: Photographs from the Collection. Guests meet at the Information Desk; the tour is free. 

 

IMAGE CREDIT: GORDON PARKS, AMERICAN GOTHIC, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1942. GELATIN SILVER PRINT, 43 9/16 X 31 7/8 INCHES. CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C., THE GORDON PARKS COLLECTION, 1998.25.003. © THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION.

 

Selections from the Indie Photobook Library
ON VIEW NOVEMBER 2-NOVEMBER 20 
GALLERY 31

Founded in 2010 by Larissa Leclair, the Indie Photobook Library (iPL) is an archive that preserves and showcases self-published photobooks, photobooks independently published and distributed, photography exhibition catalogs, print-on-demand photobooks, artists’ books, zines, photobooks printed on newsprint, limited-edition photobooks, and non-English language photography books. Its traveling exhibitions and noncirculating public library provide access to these works, promote development of future discourse on trends in self-publishing, encourage reflection and comparison, and enable scholarly research. Selections from the Indie Photobook Libraryis curated by Muriel Hasbun, chair of photography, and Susan Sterner, director of photojournalism programs at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

A reception for Selections from the Indie Photobook Library will be held at the Corcoran on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Photo Todos: Works by Corcoran College of Art + Design and Latin American Youth Center Students
NOVEMBER 2–NOVEMBER 20
GALLERY 31 AND WHITE HALLS

Photo Todos features artwork by Corcoran students and local youth participating in "Two Museums, Two Nations, One Identity." The year-long initiative links youth in El Salvador with those of Salvadoran origin in Washington, D.C. Corcoran undergraduate students teach photography, audio, and video skills to youth at the Latin American Youth Center twice a week; participants engage in a process of exploration and cultural exchange with students in El Salvador, resulting in a rich dialogue and works of art that explore personal and collective identity.

"Two Museums, Two Nations, One Identity" is led by Muriel Hasbun, chair of photography at the Corcoran, in collaboration with the Art Museum of the Americas and the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE). The project is funded by Museums and Community Collaborations Abroad (MCCA), an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the American Association of Museums (AAM). Nikon has provided generous in-kind support to the Corcoran College of Art + Design for this project. 
A reception for Photo Todos: Works by Corcoran College of Art + Design and Latin American Youth Center Students will be held at the Corcoran on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Prix Pictet
NOVEMBER 3-NOVEMBER 13

Mitch Epstein, BP Carson Refinery, CaliforniaPrix Pictet is an esteemed prize awarded to photographers whose work addresses issues of social and environmental change. The third season of the prize, which is organized by the Swiss bank Pictet & Cie, revolves around the theme of Growth. On view in North America for the first time, works by the 12 photographers shortlisted for Prix Pictet—including Mitch Epstein, Taryn Simon, and Thomas Struth—will be on view.

On Saturday, November 5, at 3 p.m., Kaitlin Booher, curatorial assistant, will lead a gallery talk of Prix Pictet. Guests meet at the Information Desk; the tour is free.

Fine Art Photography and Photojournalism Thesis Preview Exhibition
NOVEMBER 2–NOVEMBER 20
RECEPTION NOVEMBER 10, 6–8 P.M.

On view in the White Walls exhibition space in the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the Fine Art Photography and Photojournalism Thesis Preview Exhibition features previews of undergraduate student thesis work, which will to be showcased in spring’s NEXT at the Corcoran.

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