IMITATIONS OF LIFE: REASSESSING 1970s REALISM
A Talk by Cathleen Chaffee, Ph.D.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Still Life: 1970s Photorealism, Cathleen Chaffee, Ph.D., the exhibition’s curator, discusses the paintings, sculpture and prints included in this exhibition. She places this important art movement in the context of critical and audience reception at the time. Dr. Chaffee, who organized Still Life for the Yale University Art Gallery and is now curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, presentsImitations of Life: Reassessing 1970s Realism at Nassau County Museum of Art on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m.
Photorealists, among them Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit and Idelle Weber, took photography as their subject, recreating street scenes and bodies with amazing accuracy. A significant trend in art of the 1970s, Photorealism has sometimes been described since then as a more mechanical offshoot of 1960’s Pop art. However, the works in Still Life make a compelling argument that Photorealists captured life in the 1970s with a grittier honesty than has previously been acknowledged. The works on view in the exhibition have renewed relevance as the ability of photography to capture “the real” has undergone dramatic changes and continues to develop in unanticipated ways.
Admission to Imitations of Life: Reassessing 1970s Realism, a talk by Cathleen Chaffee, Ph.D. at Nassau County Museum of Art on Saturday, July 26, is $15 (members, $5) and includes admission to the museum. Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
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