Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection

3 03 2012

Meridel Rubenstein, Donaldo Valdez, El guique, ’49 Chevy from “The Lowriders, Portraits from New Mexico,” 1980, Colour coupler print, 35.6 x 43.2 cm, @ Meridel Rubenstein

With my eye ever on the photo pulse (not), I just found out about this exhibition via the cool Le Cool website. Opened in IMMA on Feb 22nd, and running till May 20th is Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection.

Quote from IMMAs website:

“… The exhibition presents works by some of photography’s most celebrated names, from 19th-century innovators Gustave Le Gray, Julia Margaret Cameron and Carleton Watkins, via 20th-century luminaries: Alfred Stieglitz, Harry Callahan, and Irving Penn, to contemporary image makers: William Eggleston, Thomas Ruff and Cindy Sherman. Modern works are juxtaposed with older works, European with American, and staged subjects with documentary images. These conversations create unique visual groupings, including images of visitors responding to art in museums, such as Thomas Struth’s Audience 4 (2004), which shows people gazing upward at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academia Gallery in Florence, and Musée du Louvre 4, Paris (1989), where visitors contemplate Théodore Géricault’s famous Raft of the Medusa in a Louvre galle …”

Certainly an exhibition I’ll make sure to see, and I’ll write more about it here when I do. In the meantime, some useful dates for the diary (also from IMMAs website):

STUDIO 8 PROGRAMME FOR 15-18 YEAR OLDS – Sat 3 March, 11am – 2pm
Gallery/Studio session in association with the Conversations exhibition
The sessions are free but booking is requested

TEENCREATE for 12-15 year olds – Sat 10 March from 2.30pm-5pm
IMMA mediators will be leading a gallery discussion and workshop based on theConversations exhibition.
The sessions are free but booking is requested

LECTURE : Visual Democracy by Liam Kennedy – Thurs 22 March, 5.00pm, The Johnston Suite
Professor Liam Kennedy, Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin, presents a talk which explores the ways in which photography has represented the meanings of American identity in a range of frames and settings.
Booking is essential

Gallery Talk: Conversations: Bechers and Beyond by curator Mary Cremin – Thurs 12 April at 4pm, New Galleries
Booking is essential


All looks great. Please go to IMMAs website to make bookings, or just get your arse in and see the photographs!

– Rory




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