En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection
En Foco has developed the first permanent collection in the U.S. dedicated to U.S. based photographers of the Latin American, African, Asian and Native American diaspora. This collection creates a parallel history of photography by bringing together artists and images largely absent from the mainstream photography field and unseen by the public.
The show is comprised of 56 striking prints by 49 artists of 21 differing ethnicities/nationalities. The work dates from the 1970s to the present day, and offers a snapshot of this missing history of photographers who used the camera to document their neighborhoods in the ‘70s and ‘80s, press for the inclusion of multicultural voices in artistic, political and media spheres in the ‘90s and increasingly comment on both local and universal themes using the virtual realm in the present day. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue completes an often-unacknowledged part of modern photographic history. www.enfoco.org
Also on view:
Tom Broadbent: A Still Life Thomas Broadbent selects principal concepts and ideas from his private artist's log and heightens his focus to get to the core of their complex meaning. His detailed watercolors and drawings question the utility of each compositional component and are presented in such a manner to disengage and re-present their perceived use.
Broadbent's new works on paper incorporate trompe l'oeil representations of seemingly unrelated objects and scenes, which allude to existential ideas and create sophisticated associative meaning within each piece. His sensitivity to color, tactility, and structure propel these thoughts into reality, while maintaining a key tie to illusion and metaphor.
“[Broadbent’s watercolors] show either books or clothing animated by pecking chickadees or mocking birds, rendered with a loving accuracy in bright colors, but often with a strange surreal twist. The teasing whimsy of these pieces is far more relaxed than Broadbent’s sculpture, hitting at a more personal work” – Dan Bishchoff, The Star-Ledger
Free panel discussion by leading curators and collectors
Exhibition curator, and director, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, Elizabeth Ferrer; Miriam Romais, Executive Director, En Foco; Brendan Wattenberg, The Walther Collection, Germany and New York; Deborah Willis, PhD, author and Chair, Department of Photographic Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. July 10, 6-8:00 PM
Exhibitions on view June 7- August 18
*Valet Parking for Reception on June 28*
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