FAU Presents 'Shared Space, A New Era | Photographs from the Bank of America Collection'

Shirin Neshat, from Rapture Series, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery

by P. Burks | Thursday, Jan 09, 2020

Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries will present “Shared Space, A New Era | Photographs from the Bank of America Collection”on Friday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, April 11, 2020 in the Schmidt Center Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The exhibition has been loaned to FAU through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program. There will be a combined opening reception for “Shared Space: A New Era” and “Shared History: Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Schmidt Gallery. Both the reception and opening are free and open to the public.

“Shared Space: A New Era | Photographs from the Bank of America Collection” acts as a time capsule of our era, traversing our social landscape from 1987 to the present through 35 photographs, two video works and a fragment of the Berlin Wall. The exhibition explores the nature of public “shared spaces” in an era marked by increasing globalization brought on by America and Russia’s signing of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union. A few years after these events, the world-wide web marked a further expansion of global information and communications, ushering in a new era of shared space. The exhibition includes photographs by 23 international artists including Gregory Crewdson (United States), Barbara Klemm (Germany), Shirin Neshat (Iran), Gabriel Orozco (Mexico)Tokihiro Satō (Japan), and Raghubir Singh (India), among others.

The swift transformation of the physical environment is depicted in Thomas Ruff’s and Günther Förg’s photographs documenting derelict buildings that once reflected Modernist utopian ideals but, now neglected, reveal the failure of those dreams. The transition from old world to new is evidenced in Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong’s cityscapes impacted by the demands of a global economy. Works by Hans Aarsman and Olivo Barbieri document vast landscapes shot from a great distance and photographed from above, as if observed from an aircraft, hovering over a newly discovered world, while images by Thomas Struth and Massimo Vitali depict masses of people congregating in public spaces as far flung as Vietnam, the Netherlands and Los Angeles. Together, these images depict a shift from the local to the global, and to unprecedented access to goods and information from vast, and once remote, international landscapes.

“We believe in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, educate and enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding, said Fabiola Brumley, Palm Beach County market president, Bank of America. “We are proud to deepen our commitment to the arts and continue our partnership with FAU, by presenting “Shared Space” as part of our Arts in our Communities program that loans exhibitions at no cost to museums and nonprofit galleries.”

Shared Space” will be shown concurrently with “Shared History: Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection,” an exhibition on view in the Ritter Art Gallery from Friday, Jan. 24 through Saturday March 7, 2020. The “Shared History” exhibitionprovides a pre-digital history of 20th-century photography by 29 international artists and thus in part asks how photography disseminated information before the ease of digital photography and proliferation of social media.

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. School and group tours can be scheduled by appointment. The Schmidt Center Gallery is located in the Performing Arts building (building #51), near the Living Room Theaters. The Ritter Art Gallery (building #39) is on the second floor of the breezeway immediately east of the Library. Daytime visitors can obtain a temporary one-day parking pass online for $5 at http://parking.fau.edu to park in Parking Garage #2 for Schmidt Center Gallery, and Parking Garage #1 for Ritter Art Gallery. Parking for the opening event is free in Parking Garage #2 and #1.

University Galleries exhibitions and programs are supported by the Isadore and Kelly Friedman University Galleries Fund; Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Council on the Arts; Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; and the R.A. Ritter Foundation. Museum Education programs are made possible by the Kaye Arts Integration Endowment.

For more information call 561-297-2661, email galleries@fau.edu , or visit, www.fau.edu/galleries.