OPENS: Photography and Contemporary Experience

August 27, 2016 all-day

AUG 27, 2016 – JAN 15, 2017

Penelope Umbrico, 18_IMG_6697-a
Penelope Umbrico, 18_IMG_6697-a, from the series Moving Mountains, 2014, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Mark and Hilarie Moore Family Trust in Memory of Timothy A. Fallon, 2015.44.1 © Penelope Umbrico

Artists have long used the camera to both record and react to current events, but many contemporary practitioners push the conventional understanding of the photograph as marker of truth or reality, applying nontraditional viewpoints—both compositional and conceptual—to their work. Cutting-edge digital capabilities play a critical role in these expressions, as artists use new means to explore and question the influence of technology on modern society. Among other works from the permanent collection, Ben Buswell’s sculptural exploration of the self, Richard Mosse’s psychedelic take on documentary war reportage, and Penelope Umbrico’s iPhone charting of mountains in nature and popular reproductions demonstrate the rich expressive potential of the contemporary photographic image.

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