I’ve slowly become a giant Sol LeWitt fan. It started when I saw his work on the MET rooftop and the City Hall Park installation. That led to a long weekend at MASS MoCA for his retrospective. Recently I ran into, “Photograph of Mid-Manhattan with the Area between The Plaza, Ansonia, Biltmore and Carlyle Hotels Removed” at MoMA. Swoon.
Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today
August 1–November 1, 2010
Walking through MoMA’s Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture exhibit, I sensed a little deja vu. There was a shared narrative with the Julius Shulman documentary I saw the weekend prior: the intersections between photography and sculpture, exploring how the one medium has become implicated in the understanding of the other. Looking at the ways in which photography informs and challenges our understanding of sculpture.
Some pieces that stood out for me were:
Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a valise 1935–41 (From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy).
Leather valise containing miniature replicas, photographs, color reproductions of works by Duchamp, and one “original” drawing.
Note: All images are from moma.org
The Original Copy: A Panel Discussion on Photography and Sculpture
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
This panel discussion is moderated by Roxana Marcoci, curator of the exhibition, The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today. Panelists include George Baker, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Vice Chair, UCLA Department of Art History; Mark Godfrey, Curator, Tate Modern; Sarah Hamill, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Oberlin College; and Rachel Harrison, artist.
Completing Battlestar Galactica over the weekend allowed my netflix queue to surface some documentaries that have been hanging around for awhile. Visual Acoustics – The Modernism Of Photographer Julius Shulman is one well worth watching.
The film reflects how Shulman’s images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream and played a major role in crafting the image of the Los Angeles and “Southern California lifestyle” to the rest of the world during the 50s and 60s. It also examines the relationship between Shulman’s images and the careers of influential 20th century architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner.
Visual Acoustics – The Modernism Of Photographer Julius Shulman
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman and directed by Eric Bricker
Alissa Walker interviews director Eric Bricker for Dwell