The story of Polaroid is fascinating and instructive on many levels – industrially, technologically, artistically, economically, culturally and socially. In its heyday Polaroid was loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. Families recorded their lives; fashion and portrait photographers made tests with it; scientists used it for notes and records; while artists found it to be an exceptionally malleable and expressive medium.
Photographers of The New York Times
In this exhibition are photographs that may remain in your mind for a long time. The photojournalists of the New York Times, who made these images, are among the finest ever to have practiced this profession. Their work is marked by artistry, intelligence, and perseverance. They sometimes risk everything to make their images because they are devoted to the people and their stories. As photojournalists they are compelled to be witnesses and report what they have seen so that you and I will stop our comfortable daily routines for a moment and recognize that our own humanity hangs by a thread; and that through awareness and understanding we can reinforce that thread.
William Wegman is a world-renowned and pioneering multi-media artist: conceptualist, painter, performance artist, videographer and photographer. A major and long-lasting body of his work has centered on photographs of his Weimaraners—Man Ray, Fay Ray, their descendants and relatives. These patient and willing subjects have made their way into Wegman’s exhibitions and books over the years, yet until now, his rich archive has never been explored in depth. This exhibition features 100 of the finest works drawn from the entire oeuvre, chosen in close collaboration with the artist himself. More than one-half are being exhibited for the first time.
ChangingNature: A New Vision
Photographs by James Balog
For four decades James Balog has studied ancient cultural assumptions about the relationship between human nature and the rest of nature. Through innovative imagery, his projects interpret significant aspects of what has changed, what’s survived, and what changes are projected for the future. His photographs and films reveal nature’s dazzling beauty as well as its capacity for destruction. Conversely, as a scientist and an artist, he documents humanity’s actions that are interrupting nature’s traditional patterns and properties to the detriment of both humans and nature. Each of his projects connects to previous as well as subsequent investigations to knit an increasingly whole view of the people versus nature interface.
Vik Muniz, one of the world’s most important, celebrated and prolific contemporary artists, takes as his primary interest that space between the subjects of his photographs and the materials used to construct them. His subjects are often classic paintings and photographs that are already well-known to an audience. But his translations of those images employ a broad assortment of non-traditional materials: chocolate, dust, sugar, tomato sauce, dirt, wire, trash and anonymous family snapshots, and more recently individual grains of sand and bacterial microorganisms.
CivilizationThe Way We Live Now
We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. The vast works we engineer, the grand buildings we erect, the complex wars we wage, the dazzling spectacles we create, the ingenious products we invent, the intricate machines we construct, the wonders we discover at the edge of time and space, the miracle fibres and the life-extending drugs we concoct – every day and every hour human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. Our bodies are rebuilt and resurfaced. We manipulate our genes. Our machines begin to walk, talk and think but the ingenious tools we devise can also backfire...
Arnold Newman is arguably the finest portrait photographer of his time, and without a doubt the most prolific. For half a century he photographed accomplished artists, writers, scientists and politicians. Despite many exhibitions during his lifetime, a substantial number of his superb portraits have never been shown. This first posthumous retrospective not only features many of these unknown works, along with his most iconic portraits.
Edward Steichen, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937
Edward Steichen was one of the most prolific, versatile and successful photographers of the 20th century. Among his many achievements were his pioneering efforts in fashion photography and celebrity portraiture. This exhibition features his finest work in these two genres, proving that he had indeed earned his title of "the most famous portrait photographer in the world".