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Richard Misrach: On the Beach

May 25 – September 1, 2008
West Building, Ground Floor Inner Tier Galleries G30 through G34

Installation view of Richard Misrach: On the Beach, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 19 monumental color images, some as large as 6 feet high by 10 feet wide, created by American photographer Richard Misrach were shown in this exhibition. The series of works, begun while the photographer was on vacation in Hawaii, were influenced by the events of September 11, 2001, and On the Beach, a 1957 novel by Nevil Shute. The prints were on loan from the artist’s collection.

Photographer Richard Misrach presented a lecture about the series on June 8. A family workshop, "Beach Views," was held July 24–26 and August 7–9.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago. Elizabeth Siegel, associate curator of photography, Art Institute of Chicago, was curator. Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, coordinated the exhibition in Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible through the support of the Trellis Fund.

Attendance: 75,958

Other Venues: Art Institute of Chicago, September 15–November 25, 2007
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 14, 2007–February 3, 2008
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, October 11, 2008–January 18, 2009
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, May 23–August 16, 2009

Richard Misrach: On the Beach
Audio, Released: September 7, 2010, (66:09 minutes)
Richard Misrach, Part 3: On the Beach
Audio, Released: August 26, 2008, (10:32 minutes)
Richard Misrach, Part 2: Color and Scale
Audio, Released: August 19, 2008, (11:08 minutes)
Richard Misrach, Part 1: Origins and Influences
Audio, Released: August 12, 2008, (7:43 minutes)
Press Event: Richard Misrach: On the Beach
Audio, Released: May 20, 2008, (28:54 minutes)