Famous Men

Kadish Morris, A Gospel (detail), 2018

Famous Men

Friday, January 10, 2020 to Saturday, February 8, 2020
Opening reception
January 10,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

"Let us now praise famous men and our fathers, that begot us” is a citation from the Bible taken by James Agee to title his and Walker Evans' documentary photo book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941). Commissioned by Fortune magazine as propaganda for The New Deal, the realism of Evans photography and Agee's text is found both in their representation of poverty and in the varied and mutating relations they documented. The history of American democracy is tied to racial division; in America during the twentieth century, it was God that separated and bound. Agee and Evans fold the sensuous and the spiritual into their work, as this exhibition brings together contemporary practitioners and historical documents that address documentary as a means to distribute power and access, but also hope and grace.

Curated by Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe and Freya Field-Donovan