Just learned from Susana Raab’s blog that Robert Frank is going to be holding a public conversation with curator Sarah Greenough at his exhibition “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” on view through April 26th at the National Gallery in Washington DC.
On the exhibition webpage you will find several links to interviews with Ms. Greenough about this important exhibition.
Note that they anticipate high attendance, and as a result, will simulcast, as well as record for presentation on Tuesday, March 31 at noon.
Details are on the National Gallery’s calendar, here.
From the website:
“The Elson Lecture Series features distinguished contemporary artists whose work is represented in the Gallery’s permanent collection. The Honorable and Mrs. Edward E. Elson generously endowed this series in 1992.
Robert Frank, photographer, in conversation with Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Lecture Brochure (PDF 80k)
For more than 50 years Robert Frank has exerted a profound influence on contemporary photography, film, and art. His seminal book The Americans, first published in 1958 and 1959, changed the course of 20th-century photography. In 83 photographs, he looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal not only social, economic, and political tensions, but also new areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. His subject matter—cars, jukeboxes, even the road itself—was as innovative as his seemingly intuitive, off-kilter, and brilliantly incisive style. Yet the book’s soaring reputation never sat comfortably on Frank’s shoulders. Since the late 1950s he has restlessly continued to push his art in new ways, making both films and photographs that question the relationship between art and life and between the obvious symbolic meaning of a photograph and its personal significance to him.
In anticipation of high attendance, this program will be simulcast in the East Building Small Auditorium and the West Building Lecture Hall. The program will also be recorded and a screening of the recording will be shown on Tuesday, March 31, at noon in the East Building Auditorium.”