Ernest Cole: Photographer


SEPT. 3–DEC. 6, 2014

Ernest Cole (1940–90),
one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Ernest Cole: Photographer features over 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive. While many of the photo-graphs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Cole was arrested and fled South Africa in 1966, never to return. This is the first major solo museum show of his striking images, which are illuminated by incisive captions from his book House of Bondage (1967). Organized by the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.


The Left Front: Radical
Art in the "Red Decade,"
1929-1940

JAN. 13–APRIL 4, 2015

The Left Front highlights work produced by American artists amid the economic and social devastation of the Great Depression. Joining forces in the John Reed Club and its successor, the American Artists’ Congress, a group of intellectuals and artists— among them Isabel Bishop, Louis Lozowick, John Sloan, and Raphael Soyer— tackled themes ranging from class struggle, civil and workers’ rights, immigration, socialist mysticism, and utopian communities to the Spanish Civil War. Presenting prints, posters, paintings, and books—including selections from NYU’s Tamiment Library—the exhibition queries what revolutionary art was then, and what it could be today. Organized by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated publication.

ALSO ON VIEW:
Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection


In the wake of India's independence from British rule in 1947, the country's artists experimented with new approaches, forming its first modernist schools. During five trips to India from the late
1960s to early '70s, Abby Weed Grey—founder of NYU's Grey Art Gallery—explored this burgeoning art scene. Abby
Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection
spotlights her pioneering collecting efforts, which resulted in a significant trove of post–Indian Independence art in the United States. Featuring approximately 25 works alongside documentation of Mrs. Grey's travels, this exhibition examines Indian modernism through the lens of her ardent engagement with India and its art. Curated by Susan Hapgood and Ranjit Hoskote, the exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication.

Tseng Kwong Chi:
Performing for the Camera

APRIL 21–JULY 11, 2015

Born in Hong Kong and later based in New York City,
Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990) produced a large body of witty, playful, performance-
based photography that both captures the pivotal Manhattan downtown and club scenes and reflects the increasingly globalized movement of people across nations and continents. In so doing, he raised critical questions about identity and culture. Featuring cutting-
edge examples from Tseng’s archive that have rarely or never been shown, Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera is the first major solo museum exhibition of his works, which have long sparked the imaginations of younger artists. Organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Grey Art Gallery, NYU, the exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.


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