fall 1988 - summer 1989 exhibition program
Cross Currents/Cross Country
August 26 – October 16, 1988
This project was a two-part exchange project between the PRC and San Francisco Camerawork. The show presented a survey of current photography from Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco photographers were exhibited at the PRC between August 26 and October 9, while the work by Massachusetts photographers was on view at the Bank of Boston from September 9 to October 11.
The curators for the Bay Area exhibition included Marnie Gillett, then Executive Director of SFCamerawork; Debra Heimerdinger, former editor of SF Camerawork Quarterly. They were joined by Anne Wilkes Tucker, then Gus Lyndall Wortham, Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Bill Jay, then Professor of art at Arizona State University, Tempe. California photographers who exhibited their work included Ken Light, Ken Miller, John Bloom, Leon Borensztein, Nina Glaser, Bob Dawson, Brian Taylor, Ken Botto, Doug Dubois, Roger Minick, John Harding, Gary Borgstedt, David Heiden, Jo Whaley, Hilda Shun, Paul Berg, Sara Leith, Michael Kenna, Larry Sultan, Richard Misrach, Paul Winternitz, Vance Gellert, Cay Lang, Catherine Wagner, Michelle Van Parys, Mark Durant, and Ruth Morgan.
On the east coast at the PRC, the show was juried by Anita Douthat, then Curator of Exhibitions at the PRC; Jean Caslin, then Assistant Director and Co-editor of the PRC's VIEWS; Pamela Allara, then senior lecturer in art history at Tufts University; and Nathan Lyons, then Director of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Artists from New England included Margot Balboni, Jerry Berndt, Vin Borrelli, Polly Brown, Maryjean Viano Crowe, Jim Dow, Chris Enos, Mary Frey, Becky Hunt, W. Snyder MacNeil, David Mussina, David Prifti, Sheron Rupp, Dana Salvo, Ted Spagna, Anna Strickland, and Thomas Young.
October 21 – December 18, 1988
Guest curated by Katy Lyle, this exhibition featured outstanding musical photography from the past four decades. Photographers included Anton Corbijn, Laura Levine, Bobby Neel Adams, Wayne Podwormy, Jim Marshall, Alfred Wertheimer, Nigel Grierson of 23 Envelope, Nels Isrealson, and Dorothy Low.
Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards
November 29 – December 11, 1988
This exhibition was a presentation of the first Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Awards, an international grant in recognition of achieving excellence in color photography. Works by 60 nominated artists were juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker, then of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Martha Langford, then of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. The recipients included Bruce Charlesworth, Rafael Goldchain, Patrick Nagatani, Andree Tracey, and Alex Webb. Please click here to view the special Godowsky online site and for more information about the Godowsky Awards.
Photography and Performance
January 13 – February 26, 1989
Photography and Performance featured works by internationally-known artists who perform for the camera. The artists included Arnulf Rainer, Mary Beth Edelson, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Patrick Nagatani and Andree Tracey. The exhibition included two new performances incorporating photography by Jim Pomeroy and Dorit Cypis at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square.
Heaven, Home, and Weightless
March 10 – April 23, 1989
This new installation by the celebrated holographer Doris Vila focused on photography's optical properties by combing sculptural elements, holograms and light projections. Commissioned by the New Works program of the then Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, this was the second in a series of photograph based, site-specific works.
April 11 – May 2, 1989
Photographer Linda Swartz presented a multi-image presentation that documented the lives of residents of a depopulated and soon-to-be redeveloped public housing project in the Dorchester section of Boston. Her still images were combined with a soundtrack of interviews with the residents and everyday sounds from within Columbia Point.
Image and Publication: The Photographic Book in the Nineteenth Century
March 2 – April 1, 1990
This exhibition was a survey of photographic and photomechanically-illustrated books from the nineteenth century. Volumes and books included Francis Frith, Egypt and Palestine, 1858; Duchenne de Boulogne, Mecanisme de la Physionomie Humaine, 1862; Alexander Gardner, Gardner's Sketchbook of the Civil War, 1866; A.J. Russell, The Great West Illustrated, 1869, John Thomson, China and Its People, 1873; E.J. Marey, Movement, 1895; and Jacob A. Riis, The Battle of the Slum, 1902.
Youth Photography Exhibition
May 20 – June 11, 1989
This second annual statewide-juried competition for high school student's black-and-white photographs aimed to promote and encourage young photographers in Boston's secondary schools.