Southern Photos from the Do Good Foundation

It was established in 2012 in Columbus, Georgia, USA Alan Rothschild Jr. (UGA JD ’85), the Stock up well From the 1950s to the present day, the museum has amassed a collection of quality photographs that capture the ever-changing visual narrative of the American South. The collection includes images by more than 25 Guggenheim Fellows, five Magnum photographers and two Henri Cartier-Bresson laureates, as well as prints by lesser-known or emerging photographers from the region. The exhibition is presented at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, which organized the exhibition Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Doing Good Foundation is the first large-scale survey of the foundation’s remarkable and extensive collection.

The exhibition highlights a wide range of photographers from different genders, races, ethnicities and regions and features 125 photographs by 73 artists, including Gordon Parks, Sheila Pree Bright, Mark Steinmetz, Michael Stipe and William Christianberry. The exhibition asks fundamental questions that define and challenge traditional ideas of the “American South” and the “photograph of the South.” For example, how do photographs manage the relationship between nature and culture in the South, as well as the destructiveness of extraction and expansion? How do photographers connect the stories of daily labor and security with the stories of the painful labor of prisoners in the district? How did photographs reflect southern community performance and identity through civic and religious rituals? How did isolation and alienation simultaneously signal belonging and kinship in the Central American South?

Themes of land, labor, law and protest, food, ritual, and kinship unite the diverse works in the foundation’s collection. Together, the images capture Southern history, culture, and identity in all their complexity and contradictions. In doing so, they challenge notions of the South as a backward region and present instead the enigmatic and “ever-changing” qualities of the land and its people: despair and hope, fear and beauty, pain and joy, and a region of dignity and dignity intermingled; A place in search of reconciliation and restoration captured by photographers with an ethical vision for a “better south”.

Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, curator at the Museum of American Art, who curated the exhibit, said, “Athens, Georgia has long been known as a music city, but it’s also a productive community. Photographers, artists, who continue to call this place my home and here as a student at the University of Georgia, where they did their art. developers. That’s why, while the exhibit is on display at the Georgia Museum of Art, we’re excited to add a gallery that highlights Athens’ role in the history of southern photography. These works show Athens as a center of gravity for alternative culture and a microcosm for the changing American South.

Reckonings and Reconstructions will be accompanied by the first comprehensive catalog of the photography holdings of the Do Good Foundation, jointly published by the museum and the University of Georgia Press. The exhibition and catalog are generously supported by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, The More Foundation, the Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies for the University of Georgia Press, the W. Newton Morris Charity Foundation Fund, and the Friends of the Georgia Museum. Art. .

The exhibit will travel to the Chrysler Museum of Art from August 11, 2023 to January 7, 2024; then at the University of Miami’s Lowe Museum of Art from February 8 to May 18, 2024, and at the Figge Museum of Art from June 15 to September 8, 2024.

Estimates and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from Good Fun
From October 8, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Georgian Art Museum
University of Georgia
90 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602
www.georgiamuseum.org/reckonings-symposium

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