Global Perspectives: Photography as History, Sociology, and Art

At the Mishkin Gallery, September 20 to October 18

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Leonard Sussman, Saline de Giraud 1, Camargue, France, 2012, Digital Pigment Print

 

NEW YORK, NY- September 3, 2013 - Baruch College presents the exhibition Global Perspectives: Photography as History, Sociology, and Art at the Mishkin Gallery from Friday, September 20 to October 18, 2013. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Global Perspectives: Photography as History, Sociology, and Art features a dramatic selection of photographs by 20 artists including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Sarah Charlesworth, Walker Evans, Jerome Liebling, Leonard Sussman, and Andy Warhol. Presenting a global view, these photographers create intriguing images while they document aspects of history and sociology, or delve into issues of artistic concern.

Global Perspectives features photographs from as early as 1930 to as recently as 2009. The show reveals how photographs can function as history, sociology or art.  The historical photographs showcase works depicting both the tragedy and dynamism of life across the globe. Seen here are works such as Walker Evans’s portrait of an Alabama tenant farmer’s wife during the Great Depression and Candice Sharsu’s image of a child soldier in Sierra Leone.

 Sociological images like Milt Hinton’s Train Station, Atlanta, Georgia (1940), with the musicians standing in front of a “Colored Entrance” sign, are important reminders of discrimination in American history. Sociology is also fundamental to Carrie Mae Weems, whose Sea Islands Series figures prominently in this exhibition. The Sea Islands Series is at once a celebration of a group with African origins and a poignant record of cross-cultural transformation.

Since the nineteenth century, photographers have struggled to raise the medium to the same heights as painting and sculpture. In the twentieth century, artists such as Andy Warhol used photography to bring glamour to everyday life. His photographs are casual and spontaneous, forming a visual diary of Warhol’s comings and goings.

Drawn from the collection of Baruch College, this exhibition features the work of photographers Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Marilyn Bridges, Sarah Charlesworth, Larry Clark, Lucien Clergue, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Andreas Feininger, Donna Ferrato, Larry Fink, Ralph Gibson, Milt Hinton, Jerome Liebling, Jill Mathis, Gilles Peress, Robert A. Schaefer, Jr., Candace Scharsu, Cindy Sherman, Neil Slavin, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 7:00 p.m. The Mishkin Gallery, located at 135 E. 22nd Street at Lexington, is free and open to the public.  For questions about the gallery, call Sandra Kraskin at (646) 660-6652.

 

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu