Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Response to Picturing the South at the High Museum
The reviews are beginning to come in for the new Picturing the South exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta.
Notice is coming from a wide range of locations. We have this one from the New York Times.
And this one from Felicia Feaster in the NYC-based Photograph magazine.
Her conclusion? "These emerging photographers deliver impassioned, politically cogent visions of the South. It is work you imagine the High had in mind when it inaugurated the series."
Also, from ArtInfo, the following, here. And in Atlanta's Creative Loafing. And on AccessAtlanta.
Kael Alford gets a fine review on ArtsATL, here. Shane Lavalette got noticed in Time. The whole show was noticed by the Associated Press, as here, from the Miami Herald.
The High's companion show, Picturing New York, was reviewed in ArtsAtl, here.
Ryan Nabulsi, in his review of Kael Alford's work at the High, articulates well what I have been concerned about this whole enterprise in its current redaction at the High:
Nabulsi writes, "In order to see Picturing the South, the viewer must walk through one of the other exhibits, which may affect one’s experience of “South.” By forcing the viewer through the larger exhibitions, the High seems to relegate contemporary photography to a space of little significance, almost an afterthought. It feels tilted toward celebrating the history of art instead of looking toward the future."
Sorry to hear the High is confirming my worst fears about their view of this exhibition.