Date: Jun 10, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
(left) Crack Annie, New York City, 1988. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company. © Eugene Richards
(right) Grandmother, Brooklyn, New York, 1993. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards
EUGENE RICHARDS: The Run-On of Time
Opens June 10 at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York
For the past several decades, photographer Eugene Richards (American, b. 1944) has explored complicated subjects, including racism, poverty, emergency medicine, drug addiction, cancer, the American family, aging, the effects of war and terrorism, and the depopulation of rural America. His style is unflinching yet poetic, his photographs deeply rooted in the texture of lived experience. In his wide range of photographs, writings, and moving image works, he involves his audience in the lives of people in ways that are challenging, lyrical, melancholy, and beautiful. Ultimately, his works illuminate aspects of humanity that might otherwise be overlooked.
This exhibition—the first museum retrospective devoted to Richards’s work—explores his career from 1968 to the present through 146 photographs and three moving image works, which will screen continuously in the Dryden Theatre during regular museum hours Tuesday through Saturday.
Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time is co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. The accompanying catalogue with essays by co-curators Lisa Hostetler and April Watson is published by the Hall Family Foundation in association with the Nelson-Atkins and the Eastman Museum, distributed by Yale University Press.
Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time is supported by the Rubens Family Foundation.