Archive for February 5, 2008

“Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children” Exhibition To Open at the Decordova Museum

A group exhibition featuring 113 photographs and one video entitled “Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children” will be on view at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts from February 2 – April 27th (opening reception February 9 from 3-5 p.m.).

The website entry for the exhibition is very informative on all aspects of the development and presentation of this show and I encourage readers to view the complete listing, which credits all parties involved in detail that I applaud. An example:
“The Museum is grateful to Anthony and Beth Terrana for their passion and commitment to collecting, their generosity in lending the photographs, and their enthusiastic support of this exhibition and its catalogue. Emily Havens, the Terrana’s curator, was also an invaluable resource and collaborator on this project. Presumed Innocence would not have been possible without the assistance of Kate Dempsey, Koch Curatorial Fellow and Lisa Sutcliffe, former Koch Curatorial Fellow. Exhibition labels were prepared by Kate Dempsey and Nina Bozicnik, Curatorial Intern. Artist quotes that appear on the labels were either submitted directly by the photographers or found in a variety of published sources.”

The featured photographers in this exhibition are: Ansel Adams, Shelby Lee Adams, Catherine Angel, Diane Arbus, Ilse Bing, Julie Blackmon, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson , Mike Brodie, Leslee Broersma, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Chan Chao, Michal Chelbin, Clark + Pougnaud (Christophe Clark and Virginie Pougnaud), Mark Cohen, Paul D’Amato , Bruce Davidson , Rineke Dijkstra , Alfred Eisenstaedt, Martin Elkort, Elliot Erwitt , Lalla Essaydi, Larry Fink, Martine Franck, Andrea Frank, Robert Frank, Tierney Gearon, Margi Geerlinks, Gour (Kids with Cameras), Emmet Gowin, Robin Graubard, Anne Hall, David Hilliard, Lewis Hine, Julie Holcombe, Pieter Hugo , Simen Johan, Kenneth Josephson, Anastasia Khoroshilova, William Klein, Ingar Krauss , Heinrich K ü hn, Dorothea Lange, Gillian Laub , Jocelyn Lee, Arthur Leipzig, Leon Levinstein, Helen Levitt , Elmar Ludwig, Loretta Lux, Robert Lyons, Sally Mann, Constantine Manos, Mary Ellen Mark, McDermott and McGough, Laura McPhee, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Andrea Modica, Tina Modotti, Abelardo Morell, Rachelle Mozman, Bob Natkin, Jehad Nga, Nicholas Nixon, Luis Gonz á lez Palma, Polixeni Papapetrou, Martin Parr, Gösta Peterson, Melissa Ann Pinney, Nicholas Prior, Sebastião Salgado, Frederick Sommer , Erika Stone, Angela Strassheim, Helen M. Stummer, Jock Sturges, Antanas Sutkus , Guy Tillim, Katherine Turczan, Doris Ulmann, Brian Ulrich, Roman Vishniac, Alex Webb, Weegee, and Liu Zheng.

There are several public programs planned:

Gallery talks on selected Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

The act of creating artwork can be just as exciting as looking at the final product. Join these Presumed Innocence artists as they discuss their artwork, along with a special talk with the exhibit’s Curator and Collector:

Feb 16: Meet Director of Curatorial Affairs Rachel Rosenfield Lafo and Presumed Innocence Collector Anthony Terrana
Feb 23: Julee Holcombe
Mar 1: Laura McPhee
Mar 15: Anne Hall

“The Power of Children in Images” panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will feature photographers Angela Strassheim and Nicholas Prior, whose work is included in Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, as well as Vince Aletti, photography critic, writer, and independent curator. The panel will be moderated by exhibition curator and DeCordova’s Director of Curatorial Affairs Rachel Rosenfield Lafo.

There will be Saturday film series as well with films by or about featured photographer (March 8, April 5 and April 11) as a publication, detailed as follows:

“The exhibition is accompanied by a 160-page full-color catalogue. The catalogue includes two essays, one by Director of Curatorial Affairs Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, curator of the exhibition, discussing the range of photographic work in the Terrana collection and how it relates to the history of photography, and the second by Anne Higonnet, Professor of Art History at Barnard College, about the changing concept of childhood in visual imagery. The catalogue also includes full page reproductions of each photograph, brief biographies of the artists, and a checklist for the exhibition. Designed by Wilcox Design and published by DeCordova Museum, the catalogue is 12 x 9 inches in an edition of 2500.”

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