think i am going to venture up to the Met today to check out 2 photo exhibitions and hopefully stay cool. i don’t think my body can handle an extended jaunt around brooklyn on bicyclette today.
video still: Valie Export, Touch Cinema
Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography
July 2, 2010–February 13, 2011
Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography, 2nd floor, Met Museum
Themes of dislocation and displacement in contemporary photography are explored in this exhibition of works from the collection. Perambulations and digressions in photographic works from the 1960s and 1970s by Vito Acconci, Ed Ruscha, Richard Long, and On Kawara, and a 1968 video by Bruce Nauman, show how a work of art—cut loose from any specific medium or physical requirements—could take the form of a walk, a 20–foot–long book, or a rigorously nonsensical pattern of movements.
After two decades of artists focusing on serial images and low–tech experimentation, the highly produced, singular photograph began to regain prominence in the 1980s. Works by Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth evince a faith in photography’s traditional powers of description to reflect upon a newly post–national, global existence, while Darren Almond and Doug Aitken examine perceptual and psychological disconnections that accompany the same seismic transformations. The exhibition also includes works by Lothar Baumgarten, Matthew Buckingham, VALIE EXPORT, Felix Gonzalez–Torres, Svetlana Kopystiansky, Dennis Oppenheim, Allen Ruppersberg, Fazal Sheikh, Erin Shirreff, Robert Smithson, Anne Turyn, Jeff Wall, and Weng Fen.
Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein’s New York Photographs, 1950–1980
June 8, 2010–October 17, 2010
The Howard Gilman Gallery, Met Museum