Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2017 — 2/17-3/2/2017

ROBERT FRANK
Books and Films, 1947-2017

A Two-Week Pop-Up Show:
Friday, February 17th – Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Opening Reception: 6 – 7:30 pm, Friday, February 17th, 2017
Special Book Symposium Hours: 11:30 am – 2 pm & 5 – 7 pm, Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Two locations:
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Reva and David Logan Gallery for Documentary Photography, 121 North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Gallery Hours: 12pm – 5pm, Mondays – Thursdays
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

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Robert Frank, Funeral - St. Helena, South Carolina, from the book The Americans (1959) © Robert Frank

Robert Frank, Funeral – St. Helena, South Carolina, from the book The Americans (1959) © Robert Frank

 

Robert Frank (born 1924, Zurich) is widely recognized as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. His 1958 book The Americans approached American society with the critical eye of an outsider, made use of innovative formal devices such as unusual focus, lighting, and cropping, and was associated with Beat writers, such as Jack Kerouac.

Prints of Frank’s photographs are exceedingly rare and costly, but he and his publisher, Gerhard Steidl, have arrived at an unusual, populist, and generous mode of display — the photographs in this exhibition have been re-printed on inexpensive newsprint paper from original negatives. These prints are to be torn up immediately following the exhibition!

This unorthodox, anticommercial solution makes possible an otherwise impossibly rich exhibition featuring a wide range of photographs encompassing different eras of Frank’s prolific practice. Additionally, high-quality digitized versions of Frank’s rarely-seen, improvisational experimental films will be on continuous display at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, including the infamous Cocksucker Blues (1972) and Pull My Daisy (1959).

A 64-page catalogue in newspaper format will be available at the gallery for $5.

Read about The Americans at NPR

Read a review of Robert Frank: Books and Films at NYU at Vogue

Please join us for an Opening Reception on Friday, February 17th from 6 – 7:30 pm. Note that this exhibition takes place at two locations on campus, the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, and the Reva and David Logan Gallery for Documentary Photography, 121 North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley Campus.

 

Associated Events:

Lecture by Gerhard Steidl
Print is Not Dead – The Beauty of Analogue Media in a Digital World
7:30-9:00 pm, Friday, February 17th, 2017
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
SOLD OUT!

Logan Photo Book Symposium
10 am – 5 pm, Saturday, February 18th, 2017
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
SOLD OUT!
Worth Ryder Art Gallery Special Book Symposium Hours:
11:30 am – 2 pm & 5 – 7 pm, Saturday, February 18th, 2017

The Films of Robert Frank
1 – 5 pm, Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Room 105, North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
(No tickets required)

The Book Symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Steve Tisch and the Steve Tisch Family Foundation.

The Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation is responsible for organizing and facilitating this exhibit.

 

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