Illuminates Shifting Nature of Family and Changing Role of Contemporary Photography, with Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Ryan McGinley, Others
Contemporary family life and couples are the subject of Steve Giovinco’s fine art photographs, which are included in a museum exhibition called, “The Kids Are All Right.”
The show opens September 30, 2012 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
The exhibition focuses on the shifting nature of family and changing role of contemporary photography, and includes major contemporary fine art photographers and video artists such as Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Patty Chang, David Hilliard, Ryan McGinley, Tierney Gearon, and others.
Steve Giovinco, who exhibits his photographs world wide and earned his MFA from Yale University, documents intimate relations between couples. The images are autobiographical but are about how people live as a couple. They are poetic, lyrical and unflinching moments from daily life, and are taken intuitively and spontaneously.
Steve Giovinco says, “I love the idea that no camera–or photographer—seem to be in the same room as the couple; rarely if ever are the images composed using the camera’s viewfinder. As a result, we experience their life unfolding, witness unguarded moments, and see them just exist.”
“The Kids Are All Right” includes nearly 120 works of art created by 38 established and emerging artists who reveal the current notion of family. This is the first exhibition to examine the intersection of how both family and photography have changed dramatically over the past ten years.
“The photographers and video artists featured in this fascinating and, at times, provocative exhibition demonstrate today’s reality: family is a complicated entanglement of people defined by love more than tradition, convention, the law, or even blood,” said Alison Ferris, John Michael Kohler Arts Center curator.
“The Kids Are All Right” will be on view at the Arts Center through Jan. 20, 2013. The exhibition then travels to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C., June 1–August 18, 2013, and the Addison Gallery of American Art,Andover,Mass., September 14, 2013–January 5, 2014.
Additional artists represented in “The Kids Are All Right” are:
Matt Austin (IL), Guy Ben-Ner (Germany), Melonie Bennett (ME), Nina Berman (NY), David Bush (NY), Patty Chang (NY), Goseong Choi (NY), Yolanda Del Amo (NJ), Todd Deutsch (WI), Jenny Drumgoole (PA), Martha Fleming-Ives (NY), Lucas Foglia (CA), LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tierney Gearon, Aron Gent, Steve Giovinco (NY), David Hilliard (MA), Justin Kirchoff (ME), Justine Kurland (NY), Deana Lawson (NY), Jocelyn Lee (NY), Carrie Levy (CA), Lisa Lindvay (IL), Julie Mack (NY), Ryan McGinley (NY), Andrea Modica (PA), Catherine Opie, (CA), Josh Quigley (MN), Robert Rainey (ME), Justine Reyes (NY), Kathleen Robbins (SC), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (NY), Betsy Schneider (AZ), Chris Verene (NY), Brett Walker (CA), and Rona Yefman (NY).
About Steve Giovinco
Steve Giovinco earned his MFA in photography fromYaleUniversityin 1989, and a BA in history fromWashingtonUniversityin 1982. He received Yaddo artist residency fellowships in 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010.
His photographs have been exhibited in solo museum shows, including those at: the California Museum of Photography; the Butler Institute of American Art; Smith Collage, Northhampton, Massachusetts; Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna; the VELAN Center, Torino, Italy; and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has had solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art and Dru Arstark Fine Art, both inNew York.
Group exhibitions include: the Brooklyn Museum; the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Gyeongnam Art Museum, South Korea; the Winnipeg Art Gallery, with Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor Wood; Sadler’s Wells, London, with Thomas Joshua Cooper and Richard Billingham; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands; The Sheldon Art Galleries, Saint Louis; Exit Art, New York; Australian Centre for Photography; and White Columns, curated by Gregory Crewdson. Besides more than a dozen group gallery shows inNew York, other gallery shows have been inSpain,Chicago, and Miami.
Museums collecting his work have included: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Yale University Museum of Art; The Butler Institute of Art; The California Museum of Photography; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, among others.
Reviews have been published in Art in America, Tema Celeste and Zoom magazine and his work has appeared in the New York Times. He has self published three books, and his work as been published in many catalogues. He has also participated in many art fairs, and his photographs have been auctioned at Sotheby’s and elsewhere, and have been included in photography festivals such as New York Photo Fest, Look3, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
A video about his work was created by David McDonald, as part of the series, “The Mystery of Creativity”. Steve also invented a hand held large format camera.