Walking is one of humankind's most basic acts. As Rebecca Solnit has written, "the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. And so one aspect of the history of walking is the history of thinking made concrete-for the motions of the mind cannot be traced, but those of the feet can." The exhibition Of Walking will explore the concept of thinking (while walking) made concrete via the camera's lens and other means. The scholarship behind the exhibition will include the history of photography in terms of its most famous walkers: from Atget to the street photographers of the 1950s and 60s like Garry Winogrand, to performance artists like Vito Acconci, who used walking and navigating outdoor space as a foundation for their documented performances. It will also address movements in art history that have dealt directly with walking, including the concept of the "dérive," (literally: "drifting"), or the unplanned tour through an urban landscape directed entirely by the feelings evoked in the individual by their surroundings in works such as those of Sohei Nishino or Simryn Gill. It will also include artists whose work draws attention to local social and political conditions through interaction and meandering through various landscapes, such as Paulien Oltheten, Odette England, and Hamish Fulton.
This project is generously supported by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Additional support is provided by public funds from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.