Selected Photographs from SJU Library's Special Collections
Exhibition: March 16 - May 3, 2017
Reception: March 21, 2017, 4 - 7 p.m.
Student Presentation: April 4, 2017, 1:50 - 3:15 p.m.
Selected Photographs from St. John's University Library's Special Collections features the work of internationally recognized photographers Manuel Àlvarez Bravo, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, and Garry Winogrand.
Six student curators - Laura Brownlie '19G; Kristen Dorata '12BFA, '18G; Michal Erdogan '17G; Justine McEnerney '19G; Suzanne Nelson '17G; and Jonquil Schaller-Harris '15C, '17G - each created a mini-monographic exhibition focused on works by a single photographer. The show offers a broad overview of works by major contributors to the history of twentieth century photography, and showcases the graduate students' unique curatorial visions. The exhibition includes photographs gifted to the University by S.D. Altmonte '68L and Theodore L. Barba '65L.
Encompassing examples of documentary photography, street photography, commercial photojournalism, and fine art photography, the exhibition emerged from the students' deep research on their subjects, as well as their studied application of theories and practices of contemporary curating. The group experimented with different display techniques and different approaches to juxtaposing text and image. The exhibition highlights students' interpretive responses to the photographs' distinctive visual, affective, and narrative qualities.
Individual Student Exhibitions
Power of Suggestion: Photographs from Ralph Gibson’s portfolio "Déjà-Vu," 1973, curated by Laura Brownlie '19G
The Absent Bystander: Photographs from Garry Winogrand’s Portfolio "Women Are Better Than Men: Not Only Have They Survived, They Do Prevail," 1982, curated by Kristen Dorata '12BFA, '18G
Subtractive: Photographs from Ralph Gibson’s Portfolio "Artifact; Artis: Art, Factus: Fact," 1985, curated by Michal Erdogan '17G
Poetic Vision: The Photography of Manuel Àlvarez Bravo, curated by Justine McEnerney '19G
Elliott Erwitt: Underneath the Surface: From Humorous to Sullen, curated by Suzanne Nelson '17G
People Watching, Photographs from Elliott Erwitt’s Portfolio "Master Prints Volume II," 1985, curated by Jonquil Schaller-Harris '15C '17G