A Matter of Memory at the George Eastman Museum to open October 22, 2016

September 22, 2016 - 3 minutes read

“A Matter of Memory – Photography as Object in the Digital Age” opens October 22, 2016 at the Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York.


Artists featured in this exhibition include 

Thomas Barrow, Mladen Bizumic, Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, Antony Cairns, Ellen Carey, Phil Chang, John Chiara, Adam Fuss, Bryan Graf, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, Kenneth Josephson, Farrah Karapetian, Jason Lazarus, Laura Letinsky, Jim Lommasson, Lilly Lulay, Nick Marshall, Chris McCaw, Diane Meyer, Yola Monakhov Stockton, Vik Muniz, Floris Neusьss, Marlo Pascual, Matthew Porter, Alison Rossiter, Taryn Simon, Michelle Stuart, Kuniй Sugiura, Matthew Swarts, Bertien van Manen, James Welling, Melanie Willhide and Augusta Wood.

A most special and sincere thanks to Lisa Hostetler, Curator in Charge, for including my work in this exciting exhibition.

MATTHEW SWARTS A Matter of Memory at the George Eastman Museum to open October 22, 2016

Untitled, 2016. From the series: The Alternatives. 24.75×33″, archival inkjet mounted to dibond.

 MATTHEW SWARTS A Matter of Memory at the George Eastman Museum to open October 22, 2016

From the exhibition text:

“With the convenience and ubiquity of computers and smartphones, the majority of photographic images are being recorded digitally rather than on film. As this transformation has broadened access to photographic images—both in making and in viewing—in many contexts it has also obviated the need for photographic prints. Snapshooters, photojournalists, and commercial photographers rarely produce material objects as the final step in their process. As a consequence, photographs in the form of image-bearing sheets of paper are scarce outside of the art world.

Because personal and collective memories are so inextricably intertwined with photographs—the result of the medium’s progressive saturation of everyday life for the past century and a half—this revolutionary change in the production and dissemination of photographic images is altering society’s relationship to memory.

In the midst of this change, many contemporary photographers are making work that addresses, either directly or obliquely, the potential consequences of the medium’s metamorphosis. Some artists dig deep into photographic materials as though searching for the locus of memory, while others incorporate found snapshots into their work as virtual talismans of recollection. Both kinds of work highlight the presence of the photographic object and function as self-conscious meditations on photography’s ongoing reorganization of our mental and physical landscape.”

A Matter of Memory: Photography as Object in the Digital Age is generously sponsored by Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey.

Exhibition Preview

Friday October 21, 6-8p

Curator’s remarks at 6p, Cash bar and light refreshments

Reservations required: (585) 234-6064

Panel Discussion: Matter and Memory in the Digital Age

Saturday, October 22, 1p

With James Welling, Marco Breuer, and Diane Meyer. Afterward, join Phil Chang in the galleries as he replaces his unfixed prints with new ones that will fade in a matter of hours. Free to members; included with museum admission.


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