LOCATIONS FILTERS

Leigh Ledare: The Plot-Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series

September 9 - December 31

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL +

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Leigh Ledare: The Plot-Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series

September 9 - December 31

Leigh Ledare (American, born 1976) pushes social systems to lay bare their underlying structures. His projects, which often rely on the enactment of complex social situations, are fundamentally collaborative; agency and authorship in these situations depend on interpersonal negotiations with and before the camera.

Recently, Ledare adapted an experiential group psychology method developed by the Tavistock Institute as a means to explore these ideas. Enacted through a series of conversations among teams of participants and psychologists over the course of a multiday conference, this approach constructs a social “ecosystem” designed for the group’s self-analysis. The Tavistock method helps participants develop a set of tools for investigating individual authority and identity as they relate to factors
such as race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomics. Ledare transforms the method with one key modification: the presence of the artist and cameras as observers and collaborators during the meetings. This intervention causes shifts in the established structures of authority as well as assumed boundaries among the participants and psychologists—and it calls attention, by analogy, to the power relations binding artist, subject, and viewer in the making and display of works of art.

At the center of this exhibition is The Task, a film directed by Ledare based on a three-day Tavistock conference he organized in Chicago—a project that involved recruiting 30 participants, securing the collaboration of 10 psychologists trained in the method, and directing a film crew. Complex patterns of stereotyping and other projections of identity emerge through the participants’ discussions; authority is questioned, assumed, and taken away; and viewers are implicated as the participants become aware of subjective forces that exist beyond the imposed boundaries of the Tavistock system. The Task is accompanied by a series of photographs and assemblages of found mass media images, which act as allegories to the film’s chapters. With Ledare at its core, the entire project presents a highly structured series of dialectical encounters between the private and public, the individual and the group, and experience and representation.


Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

312.443.3600

Open daily 10:30-5, Thur 10:30-8



Richard Sexton: Louisiana

March 30 - September 29

241 Chartres St New Orleans, LA +

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Richard Sexton: Louisiana

March 30 - September 29


A Gallery for Fine Photography

241 Chartres St New Orleans, LA 70130

504.568.1313

joshuamann@att.net

Open Thur-Mon 10:30-5



Call and Response

June 17 - September 3

2 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY +

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Call and Response

June 17 - September 3


Alice Austen House Museum

2 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10305

718.816.4506

Open Tues-Sun 11-5


Dornith Doherty: Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden

August 12, 2017 - January 14, 2018

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd Ft Worth, TX +

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Dornith Doherty: Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden

August 12, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Over the decade, North Texas photographer Dornith Doherty has traveled the globe to construct a visual meditation on the planet’s botanical diversity by showcasing the work of international seed banks and sharing the pure aesthetic pleasure of seeds and their transformations into plants. This exhibition celebrates the completion of that project. At a time when some ecologists are suggesting that we are losing more than ten animal and plant species each day, the display provides eloquent confirmation of the close relationship between botany and biophilia.


Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd Ft Worth, TX 76107

817.738.1933

Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Thur 10-8, Sun 12-5


2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom

July 13 - August 17

547 W 27th St, 4th floor, New York, NY +

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2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom

July 13 - August 17


Aperture Gallery & Bookstore

547 W 27th St, 4th floor, New York, NY 10001

212.505.5555

info@aperture.org

Open Mon-Sat 10-5:30



The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago

May 24 - October 29

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL +

Robert Frank: Photos Books Films

May 11 - August 25

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL +

Helena Almeida: Work is never finished

June 29 - September 4

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL +

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Helena Almeida: Work is never finished

June 29 - September 4

“My work is my body; my body is my work,” Helena Almeida declared in 1969. Around this time the artist took a photograph of herself wearing a blank pink-toned canvas across her torso—at once a comical and a radical gesture, and one that marked a crucial turn in her practice. Almeida (Portuguese, born 1934) had studied painting in Lisbon in the mid-1950s but since 1969 has produced mainly black-and-white photographs of herself, sometimes painting or tinting them. These are never self-portraits, but the compositions always center on the artist’s body, always differently posed or contorted and almost always captured in the same corner of her studio. She tends to work in long, sometimes open-ended series, and in recent decades she has printed her photographs at full-body scale or larger. While Almeida still calls herself a painter rather than a photographer, she is at the same time also a kind of dancer, engaged in an ongoing, experimental choreography of everyday gestures and physical limits, exploring the seemingly endless malleability of the body.

Almeida emerged in the context of the late 1960s and 1970s—at the advent of feminist and performance-oriented art, when many young, avant-garde practitioners explored the physicality of the artist’s body and art making as a literal record of actions taken in the studio. Indeed, since then she has figured as one of the most significant artists working in Portugal. The Art Institute’s focus series exhibition is Almeida’s first solo show in the United States in more than a decade, and, rather than historicizing the artist’s practice, it emphasizes her work of the last two decades, including examples from several major photographic sequences since 2000. These are masterful series—the lyrical, humorous, poignant, and profound work of an artist who has by now used and reproduced her body for decades. Almeida’s recent photographs not only demonstrate the intimate knowledge the artist has gained by tracking her physical form over time but also remind us that we are all shape shifters—and that our bodies can be revealed to us anew with every considered action. As the exhibition’s title indicates, such work is never finished.


Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

312.443.3600

Open daily 10:30-5, Thur 10:30-8



Cade Turner: Photographs

August 9 - August 27

84 Orchard St New York, NY +

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Cade Turner: Photographs

August 9 - August 27


Artifact

84 Orchard St New York, NY 10002

212.475.0448

info@rtifactnyc.net

Open Wed-Sun 12-6


Wayne Guyton, Peter Fischli, David Weiss

June 22 - November 26

637 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO, +

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Wayne Guyton, Peter Fischli, David Weiss

June 22 - November 26


Aspen Art Museum

637 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO, United States

970.925.8050

Open Tues-Sun 10-6


Standing Rock: Art and Solidarity

May 20, 2017 - February 18, 2018

4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA +

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Standing Rock: Art and Solidarity

May 20, 2017 - February 18, 2018


Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027

323.667.2000

communications@theautry.org

Open Tues-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 10-5


Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Minor White: Black, White & Abstract

May 17 - October 1

10 Art Museum Dr Baltimore, MD +

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Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Minor White: Black, White & Abstract

May 17 - October 1

Black, White & Abstract considers the work of three of the most important and influential American photographers of the 20th century: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Minor White.

The BMA is fortunate to have strong holdings of works by Callahan and Siskind, and now White as well thanks to the recent acquisition of the nine-part series Sound of One Hand Clapping, Sequence 14, never before on view at the Museum.

Born within a decade of one another, Callahan, Siskind, and White each took up photography in the 1930s, with their work coming to the fore in the 1940s and 1950s as they embarked on long teaching careers.

Although they worked primarily in black and white they periodically experimented with color photography, especially Callahan. Each, in his own way, was interested in pursuing abstraction, though their work was always tied to representational subject matter.

All three photographers were also intrigued by exploring formal and/or conceptual themes through series of photographs.

Open 10 am – 5 pm.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


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Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Dr Baltimore, MD 21218

410.396.7100

Open Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 11-6