Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic | Beyond the Nest (Rochester)

Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic

Through his writings, curatorial practice, teaching, photographs, and photobooks, Nathan Lyons (1930-2016) had a tremendous impact on the history and practice of photography for more than sixty years. His work as a writer and curator has been widely celebrated, but his own art is less well known, despite its formal acuity and conceptual rigor. Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic demonstrates that he practiced what he preached—not only in the black-and-white images he sequenced and reproduced in his photobooks, but also in his final body of work.

These last photographs, created in the decade before he died, are color images made with a digital camera and presented as inkjet prints. This exhibition represents the public’s first opportunity to see that work in tandem with selected photographs from his earlier bodies of work.

One of the primary features of Lyons’s work is his use of juxtapositions and sequencing as a core tenet of visual language, and he strongly believed in visual literacy as the key to navigating modern social life. His color work brings his vision full circle, providing a platform for discussion about the overwhelming presence of images and advertising in contemporary life. Nathan Lyons: In Pursuit of Magic details his vision and demonstrates its relevance for a new, visually sophisticated audience.

Supported by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Organization:

George Eastman Museum

Location:

900 East Ave.
Rochester, NY, 14607
United States

Phone:

585-327-4813
Contact name: 
Kellie Fraver
Email address: 
Dates: 
04/25/2019
04/26/2019
04/27/2019
Time: 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tues-Sat); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sun); Closed Mondays
Price: 
Included with museum admission: Museum Admission: Museum members: Free; Adults: $15; Seniors (65+): $13 Students (with ID): $5 Children (5-17): $5 Children (4 and under): Free* Free museum admission for SNAP and EBT cardholders and their families, and for active-duty military personnel and their families. Adults $15 Seniors (65+) $13 Students (with ID) $5 Ages 5-17 $5 Ages 4 & under Free Members Free

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