April 13 – June 5, 2022
Artist Reception - 15 April, 2022 7pm Eastern
Online Artist Talk - 10 May, 2022 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific
Once upon a time photographs were revered as truth-tellers. Today’s world questions that notion. The media saturates the printed page, airwaves, the internet with little if any distinction between fact and fiction. Historical events take place before our eyes, yet there are often dramatically different perspectives in the re-telling. Is history being chronicled…or is it being shaped?
David Levinthal scrutinizes our world – past and present – absorbing, depicting, interpreting, and envisioning events, from the ordinary to the momentous, blurring the line between veracity and fantasy. Art is about ideas. Art gives us something to think about. This is why David Levinthal plays with toys!
Barbara Hitchcock, Independent Curator and former Curator, The Polaroid Collection
About David Levinthal –
Since the early 1970’s, David Levinthal has been exploring the relationship between photographic imagery and the fantasies, myths, events, and characters that shape contemporary American’s mental landscape. His work has been a touchstone for conversations about theories of representation in photography and contemporary art as he has investigated the overlapping of popular imagery with personal fantasy through all of his major series including Hitler Moves East, Modern Romance, Wild West, Desire, Blackface, Barbie, Baseball, and History. In 2018, the George Eastman Museum presented David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire, the largest retrospective of his work to date accompanied by the most comprehensive publication ever produced on his work. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is exhibited widely and part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Menil Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.