Mary Ellen Mark, "Tunica, Mississippi," 1990
The NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the School of the Arts at NYU, will mount an exhibition of some of its greatest treasures by some of the most profound photographers and artists of our time. Entitled “In the Collection: Treasures from Photography & Imaging” will feature a wide range of perspectives and media, including but not limited to traditional black-and-white and color photographs,,including Harold “Doc” Edgerton’s (1903–1990), “Cranberry Juice Dropping into Milk Drop,” 1963; “Cityscape ca. 1930s” by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) and Mary Ellen Mark’s (1940-2015) “Tunica, Mississippi (alternate title Two Boys Praying in the Road)”, 1990.
The exhibition opens September 10 and will run through November 22, and will include 180 works. In addition to Abbot, Mark, and Edgerton, it will feature work Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Larry Clark, Imogen Cunningham, Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Ralph Gibson, Adal Maldonado , Joel Meyerowitz, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Paul Strand, Rosalind Solomon, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Lisette Model, Lucien Clergue, Sally Gall, and Garry Winogrand.
“The 50th anniversary of what is now the Tisch School of the Arts give us the perfect opportunity to highlight the extraordinary gifts to the department from collectors and photographers from around the world,” said Deborah Willis, Arts Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging. “Thanks to the vision of the amazing collector Lee D. Witkin, who in 1969 opened a gallery devoted to photography, this study collection has inspired a generation of image makers to see the world through the genre of photojournalism, portraiture, landscape and experimental photography.”
“In the Collection: Treasures from Photography & Imaging” will be on view at 721 Broadway September 10 – November 22, 2015 in the Gulf + Western Gallery (main floor, rear of lobby) and the 8th Floor Gallery. Hours are from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free. A photo ID is required when entering the buildings.
The Department of Photography & Imaging is an intensive four-year BFA program centered on the making and understanding of images. It is a diverse department embracing multiple perspectives. The students work in virtually all modes of analog, digital, and multimedia photo-based image making, exploring photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression.