“Pictures are sure. They remain fixed in the moment they were seized; their reading is as always ambiguous, subject to the changing perceptions and intuitions bred by delusion or by experience.”
--Larry Fink, Martins Creek, May 2001
Photographs are uniquely evocative of the human experience. They bear witness to a finite time and place—be it an image of a fleeting encounter or an endured reality—that is contingent upon memory, interpretation, and re-interpretation. This exhibition explores the act of interpretation through the seemingly opposing themes of isolation and togetherness, loss and shared joy, and fear and courage, among others. The photographs seen here, all from recent gifts to the collection, are intended to resonate in some way with the unprecedented realities and profound emotions experienced by many during 2020. No two experiences have been the same; as a result, viewers may find meaning in the images themselves or in the tensions created between them.
Walter Iooss (American, b. 1943), Jimi Hendrix – Felt Forum N.Y.C., 1968, Archival pigment print, Gift of Altan Yenicay, 2017.50.15. ©Walter Iooss
Kristin Capp (American, b. 1964), Blue Wall, Heirachabis, Namibia, 2014, Archival pigment print, Gift of Rajesh B. Patel, 2019.16.6. ©Kristin Capp
Walter Iooss (American, b. 1943), The Catch, Dwight Clark from Joe Montana, Candlestick Park, S.F., 1982 Archival pigment print, Gift of Altan Yenicay, ©Walter Iooss