Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions FEBRUARY 9 – MAY 29, 2016
“Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions” introduces nearly 200 of the Center’s newest acquisitions, tracing photography from its unprecedented post-war expansion to its central position in contemporary art. This exhibition features groundbreaking photographs by Thomas F. Barrow, Lee Friedlander, Betty Hahn, and Robert F. Heinecken, contemporary investigations into the medium by Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Alison Rossiter, and Penelope Umbrico, and extended documentary projects by Alejandro Cartagena, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Louie Palu, and Alec Soth. http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/
French Photographer Stands Up For Animal Rights Through “Pit Bull Flower Power” Project
Sophie Gamand is a French photographer and animal rights advocate based in New York city. Since 2010, her award-winning work has focused on bringing humans and dogs closer together in peaceful coexistence by portraying the animals through innocent imagery. Her latest project titled “Pit Bull Flower Power” is an initiative for an animal adoption project helping change people’s perception of pit bulls and give them a loving home.
In December and January, Yoko Ono presented a two-part participatory exhibition titled, The Riverbed at Galerie Lelong and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City. Stones, string, glue and shattered ceramic pieces were strew around the space for visitors to use to as they pleased. On the last day of the exhibition at Galerie Lelong, the typically pristine white gallery walls were filled with images, notes and holes; and visitors were forced to crouch below an extensive web of string that supported various creations that dangled from its strings. On a series of white shelves, sat countless numbers of unique sculptures that visitors to the gallery had pieced together from the fragments of broken tea cups.
Bonded by the communal experience of the exhibition, visitors warmly conversed amongst each other and lingered at the gallery for extended periods of time. Given the disparate backgrounds and experiences of the New Yorkers’ and tourists that visited the gallery, it was refreshing to see that with the right tools and opportunity, they would willingly participate in creative communal work to forge a single voice, which was the exhibition itself.
THE RIVERBED is over the river in-between life and death.
Stone Piece: Choose a Stone and hold it until all your anger and sadness have been let go.
Line Piece: Take me to the farthest place in our planet by extending the line.
Mend Piece: Mend with wisdom mend with love. It will mend the earth at the same time.
Colorful organic and linear shapes suspended between layers of resin dance for the eye as it shifts focus around the surface of artist Susan Dory’s canvases. Like the rings of a tree, the coats of resin reveal the passage of time and the exploratory process of the act of creation.