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Narrative, Sketch, Document:
The Changing Roles of Photography

September 23 – October 26, 2011

Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone and Unidentified Woman, undated

Andy Warhol
Sylvester Stallone and Unidentified Woman, undated

Narrative, Sketch, Document is divided thematically into three sections and showcases images from 1926 through 2007. The narrative section focuses specifically on works that employ devices such as a sequence of events or the juxtaposition of text and images. Storytelling is fundamental to the work of Carrie Mae Weems, whose Sea Islands Series figures prominently in this exhibition.

The photograph as sketch comprises the second section. Andy Warhol often worked from color Polaroids of celebrities and body fragments in order to complete the final versions of his silkscreen paintings.

The third section of the exhibition examines the documentary function of photographic images. The capacity of photographs to function as social, cultural, and historical documents has been acknowledged from the earliest days of photography's existence. Images like Milt Hinton's Train Station, Atlanta, Georgia (1940), with black musicians standing in front of a "Colored Entrance" sign, serve as important visual records of American history, in this case of segregation in the south.

This show will demonstrate how the meanings of individual photographic images change as they traverse time. For instance, what was first commissioned as a publicity portrait of Greta Garbo in the movie, "A Woman of Affairs," can now be viewed alternately as a work of art by master photographer Edward Steichen and as a revealing record or document of a past era.

Drawn from the collection of Baruch College, this exhibition features the work of photographers Sarah Charlesworth, Larry Clark, Lucien Clergue, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Donna Ferrato, Larry Fink, Milton Hinton, Jerome Liebling, Jill Mathis, Joel Meyerowitz, Gilles Peress, Candace Scharsu, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, Carrie Mae Weems, and Andy Warhol.

Narrative, Sketch, Document: The Changing Roles of Photography will open at the College's Mishkin Gallery on Friday, September 23 and run through Wednesday, October 26. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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