About the 25th Anniversary
In 2015, the National Gallery of Art commemorates the 25th anniversary of its photography collection with three major exhibitions exemplifying the vitality, breadth, and history of the Gallery's photography holdings. The celebration commences in the spring with two exhibitions—In Light of the Past: 25 Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art (May 3–July 26, 2015) and The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund (May 3–September 7, 2015). It concludes in the fall with Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts (November 1, 2015–February 28, 2016), a selection of gifts and acquisitions made in honor of this anniversary. In addition, a series of lectures and other programs highlighting the importance of photography at the Gallery will be presented throughout the year.
Sarah Greenough, Andrea Nelson, Sarah Kennel, Diane Waggoner, Leslie Ureña
Photography’s remarkable ability to represent the past in the present is frequently invoked as one of the medium’s essential characteristics. Yet, as many contemporary photographers acknowledge, its relationship to the past is by no means straightforward. Organized thematically, the exhibition The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art explores the work of contemporary artistswho investigate the richness and complexity of photography’s relationship to time, memory, and history.
From a shared fascination with photography’s past, including early photographic techniques, to creating works which give form to the literal passage of time and thefleeting evidence of cultural change, many contemporary artists are creating works that evocatively engage with how the past has been shaped by photography. The medium has been instrumental in both preserving and creating memory from its inception, and its ability to record the existence of ruins in contemporary society strikingly calls into question what is remembered or forgotten by history. This exhibition and catalog will examine how photographs not only evoke memories of place through the unfolding of different moments of time but also create powerful visual histories of our relationship with the land.
- 10 x 11 inches
- 162 pages, 130 four-color images
- Published: 2015
2016 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket, and Journal Show