For any readers in the NYC area, it might be worth your time and money to mosey on down to MoMA where quite a few exhibitions on photography are currently on display.
The Paul Graham a shimmer of possibility exhibit features multiple series of photos that Graham took while traveling across the US. The show’s strongest photos are part of a series of several images which lend themselves to the development of a story. Some of the photos cannot stand alone – a few try to and fail. It seems that Graham is trying to capture the mundane, everyday life and he certainly succeeds. However, he also hints at quiet social commentary – a few of the photos focus on individuals that appear to be homeless. These are much more meaningful to me than other shots (such as a man mowing a lawn) because they have the potential to evoke a sense of emotion rather than simply offering the passive perspective of a scene.
In the Tehching Hsieh exhibit, performance art and photography merge in a slightly unsettling museum experience. Throughout his career, Hsieh has pushed the limit of living out art to the extreme. He has focused on long-term pieces that are physically challenging – living outside for one year for instance. This exhibit recounts his year of living in a cage. He lived in prison-like conditions, never allowing himself simple pleasures like reading or watching television. A friend would bring him food and photograph him daily. The resulting photographs show him slowly passing the days away in stark black and white and include a stream of headshots which change slightly from day to day. The artistic production provokes a number of questions about time, the intersection of life and art and the solitude which is apparent in the austere images. Mostly the exhibit inspires wonder about the artist – and your own limitations.
Lastly, the museum has a show called The Printed Picture which follows the evolution of photography from the daguerreotype to today’s technological advances and how this relates to printing and color reproduction. There are an array of new and old photos and helpful explanations referencing the multitude of shooting and printing techniques that have been developed along the way. This is definitely an informative exhibit with a variety of photographic genres and processes represented.
a shimmer of possibility and Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh can be viewed until 18 May 2009; The Printed Picture runs until 13 July 2009. MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street (between 5th & 6th Ave), NYC.
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