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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

Framing Time and Place

The artists in this section—Idris Khan, Andrew Moore, Mark Ruwedel, and Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse—examine how photographs can vividly bring the past into the present through the depiction of landscapes and urban views. They explore sites where the natural and built environment evince the march of time, looking to places as diverse as abandoned railroad lines in the American West, neglected buildings in the Midwest, historic landmarks in London, and a skyscraper in post-apartheid Johannesburg. As they wrestle with a medium whose truthfulness is now in doubt, these artists have adopted a slow, methodical practice, often exhaustively studying and recording their subject, sometimes spending years and even decades doing so. Using repetition and grid formats to bolster their impact, they convey the elusiveness and changeability of a place over time.

 


Banner image: Detail from Mark Ruwedel, Westward the Course of Empire, 1994–2007, gelatin silver prints, © Mark Ruwedel, courtesy of Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica