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At the Mishkin Gallery, Oct. 18 to Nov. 13, 2002

From luminous images of landscapes and wilderness, to the cacophonies of urban street life, to the elegant affectations of Manhattans social elite, the Baruch College photography collection has remarkable range and depth. The retrospective, A Decade of Collecting: Photographs from the Baruch College Collection, will be at the Mishkin Gallery from Friday, October 18th through Wednesday, November 13th. This exhibition features the work of thirteen notable 20th century photographers, each of whom has contributed significantly to the expressive possibilities of the medium.

The images in this show include Ralph Gibsons formal studies of everyday objects transfigured by light, shadow and perspective, and Marilyn Bridges unexpected views of landscapes photographed from an airborne perspective. Eliot Porters elegant wilderness scenes, photographed in color, have a majestic quality reminiscent of the works of Ansel Adams.

In sharp contrast to the mesmerizing quietude of the nature photographs, the images of Gilles Peress powerfully document the despair of refugees in Rwanda and Bosnia. One step beyond photojournalism, these pictures provide eloquent commentary on the depredations of war. A strong social consciousness can also be seen in Jerome Lieblings black-and-white images of the inner city desolation. A haunting portrait of a poor Bronx boy standing amidst the rubble of Charlotte Street stands in eloquent contrast to Edward Steichens sumptuous studio portrait of Joan Crawfordin theatrical garb.

Many of the photographers whose work is included here combine aesthetic and sociological concerns, some with pathos, others with playful humor. Neal Slavins group portrait of the members of an upstate rod and gun club is a sociological document, as are Milt Hintons images of jazz musicians at work and play. Hinton, a legendary jazz bassist, was also a sensitive and astute photographer whose camera conveyed both intimacy and spontaneity.

The Baruch college archive of 20th century photography is one of the strongest components of the Colleges art collection and includes individual prints. Most of these photographs have been donated by College alumni; some are the gift of the artist. Other images by the photographers represented in A Decade of Collecting are installed in classrooms, offices and public spaces around the College where they are a lasting enhancement of the academic environment.

The Mishkin Gallery is located at Baruch College, 135 East 22nd Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, Noon to 5 pm; Thursday, Noon to 7 pm.

Opening reception for A Decade of Collecting is Thursday, October 17, 5-7 pm. The Mishkin Gallery is free and open to the public.

Zane Berzins
212.802.2881 (news office)
Sandra Kraskin 212.802.2690 (gallery)


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