Bending the Frame Exhibition

soldiers in Guantanamo Bay having a smoke break

Photo: Smoke Break, Camp America. From the Series Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play
Welcome to Camp America project. Debi Cornwall

Bending the Frame

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gulf + Western Gallery
New York University
721 Broadway (at Waverly Place)

Panel Discussion
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 5, 2017
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
Performance Studies Studio

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP.
Photo ID is required for entrance to all NYU buildings.


What do we want from the media revolution? Not just where is it bringing us--where do we want to go? How can we revitalize older forms of media to be helpful to society and to us personally?

In an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” Bending The Frame, based upon a book of the same name by Fred Ritchin, presents a variety of image-based strategies from documentary photography and visual journalism that, when combined with contemporary art practices, “bend the frame” with the intention of creating greater social impact and a wider discussion that may then lead to social change.

The artists include Debi Cornwall, on torture at Guantánamo; the French-based collective #Dysturb, on contemporary events; Tim Hetherington's video "Diary" on the idiosyncratic life of the war correspondent; Dutch photographer Jan Hoek on “New Ways of Photographing the New Masai”; Chris Jordan on the pollution of the Pacific; Jennifer Karady on US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan; Gideon Mendel on worldwide flooding and climate change; Celia A. Shapiro on the last meals of U.S. prisoners before their execution; Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz on the vagaries of Internet imagery; Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair on building a dialogue among African-American men with Question Bridge; and Sumeja Tulic's “Travel Guide for Mama” on Muslim women in New York City.

Curator: Fred Ritchin
Assistant Curator: Perri Hofmann

The exhibition runs from September 12, 2017 to October 22, 2017.

Gallery Hours
Monday thru Friday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.