Shared Space: A New Era, Photographs from the Bank of America Exhibition Collection
Schmidt Center Gallery:
February 14- April 11, 2020
Opening: Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 7pm - 8:30pm
Hans Aarsman, Olivio Barbieri, Wout Berger, Edward Burtynsky, Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Ken Fandell, Gunther Förg, Ben Gest, Andreas Gursky, Jitka Hanslová, Barbara Klemm, Shirin Neshat, Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong, Walter Niedermayr, Gabriel Orozco, Thomas Ruff, Tokihiro Satō, Raghubir Singh, Beat Streuli, Thomas Struth, Bertien van Manen, and Massimo Vitali
This exhibition acts as a time capsule of our era, traversing our social landscape from 1987 to the present through photographs, videos and other time-based media curated entirely from the Bank of America Collection. In 1987, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and that year serves as this exhibition’s point of departure. Along with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the attendant collapse of the Soviet Union, these events marked the end of the Cold War and ushered in a new era of globalization. At the same time, the Internet was on the verge of widespread usage and would be commercialized in 1995. Through Shared Space, we see artists as they grapple with the complexities of these revolutionary times.
The artists included in this exhibition hail from nine countries, including the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland. Each artist interprets this period of transition from his or her unique perspective. Some of the artists document derelict buildings that once reflected modernist utopian ideals, but, now neglected reveal the failure of those dreams as seen in the works of Thomas Ruff and Günther Förg. Förg’s photograph Villa Malaparte, though documenting a building that is “out of time,” offers us the promise of something better. His images act as a segue from the Cold War into the new era of globalization, imbued with a borderless, egalitarian vision as it looks beyond the structure and out into the openness. This exhibition will share an official opening reception with Shared History: Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection on February 13, 2020.
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