Exhibition: Selected Photographs from St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections

March 21 – May 3, 2017
Public Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 5-7 pm
Please join us at the gallery April 4, from 1:50 – 3:15 pm, when students will share their experiences as curators in bringing this exhibition to fruition.

Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Third Saturday of each month 11am-4pm
http://www.yehgallery.com/

The Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the first exhibition curated by graduate students in the M.A. Museum Administration Program.

Selected Photographs from St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections, features the work of internationally recognized photographers Manuel Àlvarez Bravo, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, and Garry Winogrand.

Six student curators – Laura Brownlie, Kristen Dorata, Michal Erdogan, Justine McEnerney, Suzanne Nelson, and Jonquil Schaller-Harris – each created a mini-monographic exhibition focused on works by a single photographer. The show offers a broad overview of works by major contributors to the history of twentieth century photography, and showcases the graduate students’ unique curatorial visions. The exhibition includes photographs gifted to the university by S.D. Alimonte, (Law ‘68) and by Theodore L. Barba (Law ‘65).

Encompassing examples of documentary photography, street photography, commercial photojournalism and fine art photography, the exhibition emerged from the students’ deep research on their subjects, as well as their studied application of theories and practices of contemporary curating. The group experimented with different display techniques and different approaches to juxtaposing text and image. The exhibition highlights students’ interpretative responses to the photographs’ distinctive visual, affective, and narrative qualities.

“The students’ work reveals an exceptional level of professionalism,” said Dr. Susan Rosenberg, Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Administration, who oversaw the project’s realization as part of her class, “Introduction to Curating.”

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