Of Time and Buildings
March 19 – May 29, 2015
Drawn from the unparalleled collections of George Eastman House, approximately 80 works from the nineteenth century to the present show how artists, architects, and others have used photography to depict the human environment over time. New ways of image-making made possible by digital technologies are contrasted with the more evidentiary implications of some earlier approaches. The exhibition includes Gilded Age collotypes of now-vanished New England mansions by an unidentified photographer, mass-produced color lithographs of sites of American memory by William Henry Jackson, and dramatic silver prints of the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition by Kenneth Hedrick. Contemporary art includes John Divola’s conceptually driven series Isolated Houses, Eirik Johnson’s typology of Alaskan hunting cabins in summer and winter, and Feng Bin’s and Odette England’s evocations of vanished sites in China and Australia, respectively. Of interest to students of architecture, architectural photography, history of photography, and contemporary art, as well as a general audience, the exhibition offers cross-disciplinary access to both historical and contemporary practice and a theoretically informed introduction to photographic approaches and ideas.