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Curators

Sarah Greenough
Senior Curator and Head, Department of Photographs
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Andrea Nelson
Associate Curator, Department of Photographs
National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Exhibition Catalog

 The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art
The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art Sarah Greenough and Andrea Nelson, with Sarah Kennel, Diane Waggoner, and Leslie J. Ureña

Contemporary Ruins

As both remnants of and portals into the past, ruins are powerful purveyors of nostalgia, concrete reminders of the passage of time, and warnings of the inevitability of change and death. Some of the photographers in this section, such as Mark Ruwedel and Witho Worms, look at literal ruins to speak about economic greed and environmental insensitivity. Others, including Moyra Davey, Christian Marclay, and Alison Rossiter, draw inspiration from the quotidian, the obsolete, and the ephemeral. They examine material objects such as pennies, audiocassette tapes, and even photographic paper as telling markers of daily use, technological change, and neglect, revealing photography’s connection to impermanence and deterioration.

 


Banner image: Detail from Moyra Davey, Copperheads, 1990, chromogenic prints, printed 2010–2011