Converging to a Center: Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick

Friday March 31, 2017 - Sunday May 28, 2017


Converging to a Center: Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick

George Georgiou (British, born 1961). İshak Paşa Sarayı, Agri, from the series Fault Lines: Turkey/East/West, 2007. Pigmented inkjet print. © George Georgiou.

Photography has evolved dramatically since 1970, when Andrew Szegedy-Maszak started collecting. This exhibition at the Davison Art Center highlighted thirty-three photographs acquired in the last two decades, photographs that reveal the shift from the intimate scale of small black and white (gelatin silver) prints to immersive large-scale color digital images.

This new group of photographs included work by twenty-four artists and reflected the internationalism of photography today. Adou memorializes men and women from the Yi ethnic minority in his native Sichuan Province, China. Jem Southam tracks the changes in the not-so-idyllic English landscape. George Georgiou observes the metaphorical fault line in Turkey between East and West. Philip-Lorca diCorcia creates cinematic color and texture on a street in Mexico City. Robert Adams, Joe Deal, and Richard Misrach challenge the grand depictions of the American West. In Detroit, Curran Hatleberg conveys the ambiguity of one contemporary American scene.

Despite the shift to large-scale color images, all these artists retain connections to the earlier traditions of landscape, genre, and portrait photography. Szegedy-Maszak has said that he is excited at seeing younger artists rethink their medium and stake their own place within the expansive world of today's photography.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Sunday, 12:00–4:00 PM (closed Mondays)

Special hours for final weekend:
Friday, May 26: 12:00–5:00 pm
Saturday, May 27: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 28: 12:00–4:00 pm


Reception and Gallery Talk
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Conversation in the gallery at 5:30 pm with Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, and DAC Curator Clare Rogan.

The Friends of the Davison Art Center held a benefit dinner after the reception. Please see the FDAC website for details.

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