Where to find Kahlo’s archive, Friedlander’s jazz pix, Michael Snow’s conceptual hijinks, Abelardo Morell’s camera obscura, and more highlights of the spring photo season
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
When: March 31–September 1, 2014Photography usually shows the appearance of things. But it can be equally good at hiding. Drawn from the Met’s collection, this show of contemporary and vintage photography and video, including works by Vera Lutter, Taryn Simon, Diane Arbus, and Weegee, looks at what can be concealed.
Frida Kahlo: Her PhotosPhotography was important to Frida Kahlo – both her father and grandmother were photographers. Throughout her life she collected photos, including 19th-century daguerreotypes and calling cards, as well as pictures from the photo stars that passed through her social circle, such as Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, and Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Other pictures she treated like canvas, cutting and writing on them. On view here are 257 images from the Blue House archive, where Kahlo was born and lived in the years before she died.
Where: Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
When: March 15–June 8, 2014
A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the StudioSome photographers shoot out in the world and wouldn’t know what to do in a studio, but for many, the control and autonomy offered by four white walls is essential. MoMA brings together new acquisitions and work from the collection to explore the ways photographers have used the studio throughout the history of photography, from the theatrical scenes of Julia Margaret Cameron to the chemical experiments of Walead Beshty.
Where: Museum of Modern Art, New York
When: February 8–October 5, 2014
A Collective Invention: Photographs at PlayIn the first show at the Morgan to focus on photography, images aren’t organized in a traditional pattern or overarching theme. Drawn from more than two dozen collections, each image instead relates only to those hanging on either side, but that connection changes with each picture. Including images from the worlds of science, art, and photojournalism, the show, organized by the Morgan’s first photo curator, Joel Smith, looks at the lighter ways images relate to each other.
Where: The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
When: February 14–May 18, 2014
Michael Snow: Photo-CentricExperimental filmmaker Michael Snow is best known for his rigorous movies such as Wavelength (1967), a 45-minute zoom across a mostly empty apartment. But at the core of his work is the reproduction of reality made possible by photography. Here, the Philadelphia Museum of Art devotes a show entirely to the role of the still camera in his work.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
When: February 1–April 27, 2014
Refocusing the Lens: Pranlal K. Patel’s Photographs of Women at Work in AhmedabadPranlal K. Patel, who passed away last week, was an amateur photographer and schoolteacher in Ahmedabad, India. In 1937, he was commissioned by a philanthropic group to document women working inside and outside the home. Shown for the first time in the U.S., Patel’s pictures are an intimate and respectful look at a complex and usually hidden economic and social world.
Where: Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
When: February 1–April 15, 2014
Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next DoorAbelardo Morell’s playful and inventive approach to photography ranges from experiments in old-fashioned photo techniques, such as his cliché-verre photo-painting mash-ups, to his well-known camera obscura images. Made by turning tents or whole rooms into recording devices, his pictures make sly connections between subjects and the surfaces that record them. This show began at the Art Institute of Chicago and traveled to the Getty, but the High will debut Morell’s commission for the museum’s “Picturing the South” series.
Where: High Museum of Art, Atlanta
When: February 23–May 18, 2014
Dayanita SinghDayanita Singh began her career as a photojournalist. Photography remains at the center of her work, which now includes book-making and the construction of portable wooden structures she calls “Museums,” which display her images in changing configurations. Among other pieces, the Art Institute will show its recently acquired construction Myself Mona Ahmed (1989-2001), which includes images of Mona Ahmed, an Indian eunuch Singh befriended while on assignment in 1989.
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
When: March 1–June 1, 2014
Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt HintonLee Friedlander is best known as a street photographer with an insatiable eye for the surfaces of American life, but since the 1950s he has been a serious jazz enthusiast, and photographed many of his heroes. Milt Hinton came to the same subject from the other side, a bassist who documented his long career in music using photography. This show, organized by a group of students from Yale, including musicians from the Undergraduate Jazz Collective, brings the two views together.
Where: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
When: April 4–September 7, 2014
In the Looking Glass: Recent Daguerreotype AcquisitionsSmall, made of glass, and housed in elaborate cases, daguerreotypes were the original hand-held photo devices – a precursor to the iPhone. Popular for a few decades after photography’s invention in 1839, they were made without negatives—each is unique. The Nelson-Atkins Museum’s growing collection includes more than 800. The latest additions, on view here, include romantic hand-painted examples from Europe.
Where: Nelson–Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
When: January 25–July 20, 2014
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- Abelardo Morell
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Dayanita Singh
- Frida Kahlo
- High Museum of Art
- Lee Friedlander
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Michael Snow
- Milt Hinton
- Morgan Library & Museum
- Museum of Latin American Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Pranlal K. Patel
- Rebecca Robertson
- Wellin Museum of Art
- Yale University Art Gallery
- Copyright 2015, ARTnews Ltd, 40 W 25th Street, 6th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010. All rights reserved.
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