Archive for August 17, 2010

August 27th: THE POND, an exhibition by John Gossage opens soon in Washington DC

From the Smithsonian American Art Museum website:

John Gossage: The Pond

2nd floor South, American Art Museum
August 27, 2010 – January 17, 2011

Image for John Gossage: The Pond

© John R. Gossage, Untitled, from the series The Pond, 1985, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of anonymous donors

“The installation of John Gossage: The Pond celebrates the recent gift to the museum of this remarkable photographic series and the re-issue of one of the most influential photography books of the past three decades. John Gossage (b. 1946) photographed a small, unnamed pond between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, between 1981 and 1985. The title was intended to recall Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but Gossage advocated a more all-embracing view of the landscape, exploring the less idealized spaces that border America’s cities and suburbs. Although many of the images in The Pond appear unruly or uncared for, Gossage found moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane of places.

The complete portfolio of The Pond was acquired by the museum in 2007. This exhibition marks the first time the complete series of fifty-three gelatin silver prints has been on public display. Gossage lives and works in Washington, D.C. Toby Jurovics, curator of photography, is the curator of the installation.

The Pond, originally published in 1985, is being reissued by Aperture (September 2010). The new edition, co-published by the museum, includes an essay by photo historian Gerry Badger and an introduction by Toby Jurovics. It will be available in the museum’s store ($65 hardcover).

The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund provided support for the exhibition.”

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August 26 – November 13: “Border 2010: Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena and David Rochkind” at UT El Paso

From the University of Texas at El Paso Website:


Detail of: David Rochkind, Night Patrol #1. Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, 2009.
16″ X 24″ Archival pigment print. Printed by Carbon 4.

Border 2010:  Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena and David Rochkind is comprised of select images from Alejandro Cartagena’s series People of Suburbia and from David Rochkind’s Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit. All twenty photographs were created within the past few years and depict the people and places of Mexico, with a particular focus on its northern border. Cartagena reveals mundane aspects of everyday life in a suburbia that is strangely still and empty; Rochkind captures the anxiety and evolving changes wrought by drug trafficking and its policing.These worlds exist in tandem in northern Mexico today.

Alejandro Cartagena (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; resides Monterrey, MX) was one of 30 photographers to earn an emerging photographers award from Photo District News in 2010. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR in 2010 and will earn a Master of Visual Arts from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in 2011.

David Rochkind (b. 1980, Detroit, Michigan; resides Mexico City, MX) earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Time and Newsweek. He has received awards and recognition from a variety of organizations, including Photo District News, Magenta Publishing for the Arts and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


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