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From Sardinia to Berlin

Photographs by Leonard Sussman

At Mishkin Gallery, May 4 –May 25, 2005

photo of berlin subway stationTwo radically different locales, Sardinia and Berlin, are the subjects of Leonard Sussman’s solo exhibition of photographs From Sardinia to Berlin, on view at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery, Wednesday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 25, 2005. This exhibition is the first part of the Baruch College Photography Festival, which continues in June with a juried exhibition of new works by the Baruch faculty and staff.

Opening reception, Tuesday, May 3, 6 to 8 pm.

Mr. Sussman’s older work, dating from the 1990s through 2001, features the landscape and topography of Sardinia. In black-and-white silver prints Sussman focuses on the rocks, trees and stone fences of this rugged island to achieve dramatic studies in texture and design. The photographs have a tactile quality and are both abstract and intimate.

In sharp contrast, Sussman’s most recent work is focused on the Berlin subway system. His visual tour of the underground proceeds from station to station, from the Zoological Gardens stop to Freidrichstrasse to Alexanderplatz. Using both color digital images and color prints, Sussman studies the structure of such man-made objects and forms as escalators, scales, mirrors and steel columns. Here many of his images are angular and geometric with refractions of light creating additional designs within the images.

Leonard Sussman’s photographs have been included in exhibitions organized by the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Oakland Museum. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the International Biennial of Photography in Turin, Italy, at the Witkin Gallery in New York, and at the Archivo Fotografico Toscano in Prato, Italy. Sussman’s book, Sardinia, featuring 70 black-and-white photographs, was published in 2000 by Soter and Poliedro.

Sussman has been a professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College since 1980 and holds an MFA from Pratt Institute.

The second part of the Baruch Photography Festival will feature a juried photographic exhibition of works by Baruch faculty and staff and will be on view from June 7 through 23, 2005.

The Mishkin Gallery is located at 135 East 22nd Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and Thursday, noon to 7 pm. All exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

Contact: Zane Berzins (News Office)

Sandra Kraskin (Gallery)

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