Photo-Poetics: An Anthology Opens at the Guggenheim this Friday – November 20, 2015–March 23, 2016


Lisa Oppenheim

The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006 (detail)

Slide projection of 15 35 mm slides, continuous loop, dimensions variable

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee 2009.60

Guggenheim Examines New Developments in Contemporary Photography with Photo-Poetics: An Anthology

Exhibition: Photo-Poetics: An Anthology
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: Tower Levels 2, 4, and 5
Dates: November 20, 2015–March 23, 2016

(NEW YORK, NY—November 17, 2015)—The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Photo-Poetics: An Anthology,
an exhibition documenting recent developments in contemporary
photography and consisting of photographs, videos, and slide
installations by ten international artists. With more than 70 works by Claudia Angelmaier, Erica Baum, Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Leslie Hewitt, Elad Lassry, Lisa Oppenheim, Erin Shirreff, Kathrin Sonntag, and Sara VanDerBeek,
the exhibition runs from November 20, 2015–March 23, 2016, and presents
a focused study into the nature, traditions, and magic of photography
in the context of the rapid digital transformation of the medium.

Organized by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, with
Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Photo-Poetics: An Anthology
offers an opportunity to define the concerns of a new generation of
photographic artists and contextualize their work within the history of
art and visual culture. These artists mainly pursue a studio-based
approach to still-life photography that centers on the representation of
objects, often printed matter such as books, magazines, and record
covers. The result is often an image imbued with poetic and evocative
personal significance that resonates with larger cultural and historical

The artists in the exhibition attempt to rematerialize the photograph
through meticulous printing, using film and other disappearing photo
technologies. Drawing on the legacies of Conceptualism and invested in
exploring the processes and techniques of photography, they are also
deeply interested in how photographic images circulate. Theirs is a sort
of “photo poetics,” an art that self-consciously investigates the laws
of photography and the nature of photographic representation,
reproduction, and the photographic object. The works in the exhibition,
rich with detail, reward close and prolonged regard; they ask for a mode
of looking that is closer to reading than the cursory scanning fostered
by the clicking and swiping functionalities of smartphones and social
media. Both the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are conceived
as anthologies, as independent vehicles to introduce each artist’s
important and unique practice.

This exhibition is supported in part by Affirmation Arts Fund and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

The Leadership Committee for Photo-Poetics: An Anthology is
gratefully acknowledged for its support, with special thanks to Erica
Gervais and Ted Pappendick and Chair Rona Citrin as well as to Angelo K H
Chan and Frederick Wertheim, Manuel de Santaren, Toby Devan Lewis, Ann
and Mel Schaffer, Patty and Howard Silverstein, Cristina von Bargen,
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Ann Cook and Charley Moss, Susan and Arthur
Fleischer, Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Lauren and Scott Pinkus, and
Barbara Toll.

Additional funding is also provided by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Photography Committee.

About the Catalogue

Photo-Poetics: An Anthology
is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an
introduction, afterword, and ten monographic essays by Jennifer Blessing
that provide focused, contemplative readings of each artist’s work. The
catalogue’s design, in which each artist’s practice is presented
individually, reflects the exhibition’s structure as a series of solo
presentations. The catalogue will be available for $50 at the Guggenheim
Store and online at

Photo-Poetics: An Anthology Artist Panels

The Guggenheim hosts a series of panel discussions with the artists featured in Photo-Poetics.
The participants discuss their exhibited work, followed by a group
conversation moderated by exhibition curators addressing themes related
to photographic practices today, including issues of identity,
representation, reproduction, and the circulation of images in
contemporary visual culture. These discussions are part of the Elaine
Terner Cooper Education Fund Conversations with Contemporary Artists
series. Dates and participants are subject to change. For updates,
program additions, and ticket information, visit

Lisa Oppenheim, Sara VanDerBeek

Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 pm

Elad Lassry, Erin Shirreff, Kathrin Sonntag

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 pm

Claudia Angelmaier, Erica Baum, Moyra Davey

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 pm

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to
promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the
modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education
programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network
that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New
York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since
expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997), and the
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). The Guggenheim
Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that
celebrate contemporary art, architecture, and design within and beyond
the walls of the museum, including the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art
Initiative and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art
Initiative. More information about the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
can be found at


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