Featured artists are Harry Callahan, Benedict J. Fernandez, Hollis Frampton, Betty Hahn, Robert Heinecken, Mary Ellen Mark, Roger Mertin, Arnold Newman, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand
Rochester, N.Y., September 19, 2012—Ten of the most significant photographers of a dynamic era are featured in an exhibition at George Eastman House that examines a time defined by classical modernism and by experimentation, conflict, and social revolution. 60 from the 60s, on display Oct. 6 through Jan. 27, 2013, features works exclusively from the Eastman House collections that were produced in a decade that saw many new photography styles emerge — collage, street photography, and photojournalism.
The exhibition explores each of these styles as practiced by photographers who were just beginning to create a name for themselves while also showcasing established artists then at the apex of successful careers. The featured artists are Harry Callahan, Benedict J. Fernandez, Hollis Frampton, Betty Hahn, Robert Heinecken, Mary Ellen Mark, Roger Mertin, Arnold Newman, Aaron Siskind, and Garry Winogrand. The photographs are drawn exclusively from the Eastman House collections.
When the exhibition was first displayed at 1285Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery in New York City in 2010, New York Photo Review called it an “engaging immersion in the photographs of fifty years ago.”
“60 from the 60s offers a dynamic look at photography of the era,” said Jamie Allen, Eastman House assistant curator of photographs, who summarizes the artists’ work in the 1960s:
“Arnold Newman was well-known for his commercial and art photographs
while Harry Callahan’s street portraits and beautifully framed architectural
views had enormous influence on his students as well as his contemporaries.
Robert Heinecken appropriated photographs to create his collage-like works,
while Benedict J. Fernandez was embedded in the protest movement, creating
powerful reportage that presented both sides of some of the most volatile issues
of the time. The street photographer Garry Winogrand captured the essence of
the period with his surreal images at a time when Aaron Siskind had shifted
away from his documentary style of the 1930s toward abstractions of graffiti
and images that flatten the photographic plane.”
In addition to the 60 photographs, additional collections items will enhance this look back at the decade. On display at Eastman House will be selections of books, periodicals, and cameras of the era, including one owned and used by Frampton.
60 from the 60s is included with museum admission. The exhibition is organized by George Eastman House and is sponsored by the 1285Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery in New York City.
An opening party for 60 from the 60s will be Friday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Potter Peristyle. Enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition, light refreshments and live music by surf-rock band The Isotopes. Admission is $18 (members free). For reservations, please call (585) 271-3361 ext. 434.