Thomas R. Schiff
The Library Exhibition

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Description: The library is at the heart of American cultural life. From the humble libraries of the eighteenth century—the first public lending library, which Benjamin Franklin helped found, and Thomas Jefferson’s library at Monticello, for example—to the thrilling edifices of twenty-first-century America, libraries express the social and civic ideals of their moment. Public spaces in which all members of the community are invited to learn, they also stand as monuments to the potential of our civilization. Thomas R. Schiff traces the history of America’s libraries by describing them in the manner their founders and architects intended, shaped into sweeping panoramas…

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Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
Curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff

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Photographs of food are rarely just about food. They hold our lives and time up to the light. Food can signify a lifestyle or a nation, hope or despair, hunger or excess. Ultimately, food is not only about literal taste, but also Taste with a capital T—both the lifestyles we aspire to and the building blocks of culture itself. —Susan Bright From basic sustenance to decadent feasts, food awakens the senses and touches both private and public life. Eating is one of the most mundane and profane acts, yet it is also central to our rituals, religions, and celebrations. Food…

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Duane Hanson Polaroids: 1979 – 1994

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© The Estate of Duane Hanson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Duane Hanson, known for his hyperrealist sculptures of everyday people and the down-and-out, used photography as a primary means of developing his vision. With a meticulous eye, Hanson shot a series of Polaroids to sketch out his sculptures, photographing his subjects in subtle gestures looking for the pose that felt most real. He looked for the perfect tweak of the hand or shift of the gaze that would bring him closer to conceiving the end result, a sculpture that was both an unbelievably lifelike person and simultaneously a broader…

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Masquerade
Photographs by Phyllis Galembo

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  © Phyllis Galembo Masquerade is a survey of over two decades of work documenting masquerade events, including the best of Galembo’s works from Africa and the African Diaspora as well as never-before-exhibited photographs from Mexico and India. Galembo’s vibrant photographs probe the questions of the evolution and survival of “traditional” mask-making practices in societies pressured by the effects of colonialism, secularization, Christianity, and Islam. In Africa, they portray participants in events ranging from a coming-of-age ritual for boys in Zambia to a Fancy Dress Festival in Ghana in which masqueraders parade as Santas, cowboys, matadors, and other everyday types….

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Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

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  © Mickalene Thomas; courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Description: Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multi-textured, and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, has also identified the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale—a pivotal experience for her as an artist. While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation— both of images she has created herself and images she…

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In Good Time
Photographs by Doug DuBois

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Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly, engaging in long-term photographic projects and telling stories. Some are specific, but like all good stories, they resonate with viewers in a myriad of personal and intimate ways. The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. Family is a recurring theme in DuBois’ work. For his first and longest series, All the Days and Nights, which spanned more than twenty years, he photographed his own. Beginning in 1984, he traced the complicated and nuanced relationships that…

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Alex Webb: La Calle, Photographs from Mexico

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All images: © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos La Calle brings together nearly thirty years of photography by Alex Webb, created from 1978 to 2007 in Mexico City and the surrounding states, villages, and cities. Webb frequently credits the landscapes and cityscapes of Mexico for prompting his shift to color photography. He worked intensely on the U.S.–Mexico border and in the densely populated capital city through the early 1980s, inspired by what poet Octavio Paz calls “Mexicanism—delight in decorations, carelessness and pomp, negligence, passion, and reserve.” In La Calle, Webb presents a celebration of the street, taken in a vibrant,…

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Hiroji Kubota Photographer

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With a career spanning over fifty years, Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota has spent his life traveling extensively and documenting the world around him. From his coverage of the Black Panther Party in the mid 1960s, to his incomparable access to North Korea, Kubota has prolifically captured the histories of diverse cultures throughout the world. Rooted in his experience of Japan, ravaged by destruction and famine at the end of World War II, Kubota’s work is characterized by a desire to find beauty and honor in human experience. The exhibition includes his many extended trips to China, Burma, the U.S., North…

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Aperture: Photographs

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Description: Aperture was originally conceived, in 1952, to promote the appreciation of the art of photography. At first it published just Aperture magazine, but in the mid-1960s the Foundation launched both its book program and a limited-edition print program, as part of and in support of its publishing activities—becoming the leading American photography publisher of its generation. This exhibition tells the story of the evolution of the Foundation, through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs made over a period of fifty years. In the process, it charts the evolution of photography itself. The need for a…

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