Silver Eye celebrates its grand reopening and move to the Penn Avenue Arts District in the Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood with an exhibition that explores and celebrates the history, current moment, and future of photography in Pittsburgh. This expansive survey exhibition celebrates photographic landscapes and portraits of Western Pennsylvania, spanning over 100 years of image making in the region. The exhibition features the work of over 40 artists and is presented in a nonlinear salon style. Past Present Future creates visual connections between the images and traditions of iconic giants of mid 20th century photography like W. Eugene Smith, Esther Bubley, and Duane Michals and contemporary artists making work today throughout the region. With over 100 photographs and videos, Past Present Future makes visible the overwhelming and complex changes that have occurred in Western Pennsylvania through industrial and demographics shifts over the years. Despite these changes, there is a persistent and timeless beauty in the hills, valleys, and people of the region. This exhibition is a celebration of that beauty and the talented artists who have worked to capture it over the years.
Fellowship 17 features solo exhibitions from our International Award and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries in mid-2016. International Award winner Kris Sanford (Mount Pleasant, MI) showcases her series Through the Lens of Desire, which creates implied narratives using snapshots from the 1920s – 1950s. The series brings a contemporary rereading to old photographs to address sensuality and relationships in a subtle way. Keystone Award winner Francis Crisafio (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases HOLDUP in the HOOD: wealth in recession, which documents a collaborative, after-school arts curriculum rooted in self-portraiture. The curriculum and documentation have been ongoing for 13 years and offers young students a chance to learn to look at, and expressively assert, a vision of themselves.
Materials & Processes: Imaging the Elements of Photography focuses on a fascinating trend of works that use elements of photographic tools and processes as the subject matter of the images. Normally, the photograph is seen as a window on the world, and the physical properties of the image (paper, screen, ink, pixel, silver) are overlooked. The exhibiting artists in Materials & Processes are Daniel Boardman, April Friges, Jessica Labatte, Andy Mattern, Zach Nader, and Julie Weber.
Daniel Coburn’s solo exhibition The Hereditary Estate explores the dark undercurrent of the artist's’ family history through a series of lyrical and mysterious photographs. These images are deeply personal, yet moving and accessible. Coburn was a young adult when his parents revealed their family history—one that is haunted by tragic events related to suicide, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse. Coburn was disturbed when he realized that a lot of family members and events had been erased from his family album. He set out to rewrite the family narrative through a series of photographs that he made, collected, and manipulated.
Megan Ledbetter’s solo exhibition Homo Bulla is a study of surfaces and life cycles in the American South. The title, which translates to “man is a bubble,” refers to the fragile, beautiful, and temporary nature of human existence.
This year's Auction featured an extraordinary selection of vintage and contemporary work representing a long list of illustrious talent - from revered masters and prominent mid-career photographers to an exceptional group of young, emerging artists. The Auction Preview Exhibition gives Auction-goers and the public alike a chance to see the lots up for bid at our Benefit Auction held on May 14, 2016.
Fellowship 16 features solo exhibitions from our International Award and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries in mid-2015. International Award winner Ka-Man Tse (Brooklyn, NY) showcases her series Narrow Distances, which seeks to draw connections between LGBT culture and the Asian Pacific Islander community, as well as Tse’s own ongoing exploration of home, identity, and isolation as someone who was born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States. Keystone Award winner Aaron Blum (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases A Guide To Folk Taxonomy, which explores the mysteries of Appalachia, a cultural region that spans the southern regions of the Appalachian Mountains, through a series of images that are haunting, but beautiful.
Golden Hour: Thoughts on the Contemporary Photo Book is a new and experimental exhibition presented by Silver Eye Center for Photography. We think that the photo book has entered an age of prodigious production, bold experimentation, and outstanding quality so we wanted to explore new ways of sharing these projects at Silver Eye. We asked some of the most innovative and creative publishers, book makers, and photo centers to show us what their books look like on the walls of a gallery.
Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities.
London/Pittsburgh is Mark Neville's first solo exhibition in Western Pennsylvania, and consists of twelve works from two significant projects, presented side-by-side. The pairing of Here is London (2012) and Braddock/Sewickley (2012) contrasts British and American society, further emphasizes social disparities, and yet reveals behavioral characteristics, which are shared regardless of economic circumstance, cultural factors or geographic location.
A World Imagined features the work of Kelli Connell (Chicago, IL) and Sara Macel (Brooklyn, NY) who each explore the emotional and psychological terrain of personal relationships. Each artists’ projects offer opportunities to reflect on authorship, on photographic construction, and on ways in which we define relationships through our subjective experiences of them. The exhibition is organized by Leo Hsu, adjunct professor, Carnegie Mellon University, writer, and photographer, and David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography.
Fellowship 15 features solo exhibitions from our International Award and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries in mid-2014. International Award winner Christopher Meerdo (Chicago, IL) showcases work from a number of his projects, which explore notions of paranoia, entropy, and memorial through use of data processing, photography, installation, and moving images. Keystone Award winner Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, which documents a surreal 88-acre skate park located in rural southeast Ohio. This year's juror is Allison Grant, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
The seven artists in this exhibition use photography to explore different notions about home as a physical place with deep emotional connections. In doing so they show us an extraordinary range of feelings toward home: tenderness, anxiety, love, and heartache. Perhaps photography is the ideal medium to express these feelings about home because of its ability to depict complicated things, in the most straightforward way, like a family portrait. The exhibition is organized by David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, and Dylan Vitone, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, and Silver Eye board member.
These intensely personal and up-close portraits of draft horses that serve the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the Army’s oldest active infantry regiment known as “The Old Guard,” reveal a powerful human connection to these honored animals. Using only the natural light that reaches into the stalls, photographer Charlotte Dumas captures the horses as they relax and move towards sleep after a day of work.
Here & Now highlights the work of artists embarking on physical and emotional journeys to define and discover queerness across the American landscape. Turning to more than just their immediate surroundings, the artists of Here & Now intuitively look for meaning through their personal travels and relationships. “These artists’ instinctive search for context stems out of a desire for human connection and extended placeness fueled by a history of otherness in the world,” said curator Rafael Soldi. “In this exhibition, images become the spaces where new maps are imagined and created; they help us map our own place within a larger territory as we define what it means to be queer today.”
Silver Eye Center presented its 2014 Benefit Auction and exhibition featuring a selection of vintage and contemporary work representing a long list of illustrious talent — from revered masters and prominent mid-career photographers to an exceptional group of young, emerging artists. The work was on display at Silver Eye's Southside gallery before being auctioned off at Clear Story Studio on April 27, 2014.
Fellowship 14: Projects by Donna J. Wan and Aaron MacLachlan, features projects from our two Fellowship winners. International Award winner Donna J. Wan (San Francisco Bay Area) showcases her series In the Landscape and Keystone Award winner Aaron MacLachlan (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases his series Solipsism Postulate. Now in its 14th year, Fellowship identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s judge was Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh has an impressive and influential legacy in terms of being home to, and serving as inspiration for, innovative photographers--from Teenie Harris and W. Eugene Smith, to Dorothea Lange and Aaronel deRoy Gruber--pioneering figures whose works and careers have recently been examined via major museum exhibitions, scholarly catalogues and documentary films. With Pittsburgh Collects, Silver Eye turned its lens to the art of collecting images, sharing with the public a behind-the-scenes look at the choices, tastes and contributions of three influential local collectors. Those collectors -- Evan Mirapaul, Graham Shearing and one anonymous collector -- were selected by Brian Lang, curator of BNY Mellon's corporate art collection in Pittsburgh, and Marcia Rosenthal, an independent art consultant/fine art appraiser.
GREEN is a collaborative exhibition showcasing a survey of contemporary aesthetics in photography, all connected by one common, purposely varied idea: green."Green," by definition, can be a noun, adjective, idea, color, lifestyle, and much more. Both photographers and artists alike might be interested in the greenery of nature; the greens on our plates, the greenbacks in our pockets; putting greens, and the laborers who tend them; the effects of greenhouse gases; the uniformed soldiers deployed overseas and the uncertainty of life after their return; or simply the portion of the visible spectrum lying between yellow and blue.
This exhibition of 51 photographs from 32 artists, gathered from an open call for entries, showcased the beauty of the Carrie Furnaces, located in Rankin, PA. While the furnaces were once an integral part of the industry of the Pittsburgh region, they've now "functioned as an urban playground and aesthetic wonder” since they were taken off line in 1978, said Ron Baraff, Director of Museums and Archives at Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Today, the Carrie Furnaces lend themselves perfectly to photography with their various textures, constantly changing colors, hidden crevices, and a nostalgic feel of history frozen in time. Graffiti and rusted steel run rampant through the site, adding to the splendor and agedness of this otherwise desolate place.
The 8 x 8 PHOTO PARTY was a lively and exciting fundraising event held in May 2013. A one-night exhibition and sale of nearly 400 images gathered from an open call for entries held earlier in the year made for a great party, squared! Each photograph, printed to a size of eight by eight inches, was showcased on the walls of Silver Eye's Southside gallery in a grid-like fashion, and then sold throughout the evening for $20. All proceeds from the 8 x 8 PHOTO PARTY directly benefited Silver Eye. The 8 x 8 PHOTO PARTY was made possible in part through the generous support of these local sponsors: Wigle Whiskey, Square Cafe, Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh Winery, Trader Joe's, White Diamond Vodka, YinzBurgh BBQ, Nakama, The Steer & Wheel, ThreeFifty Bakery, e2, Sugarmaid, The Enchanted Garden, Dollar Bank, and NakYouOut.
Continuum: Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum explored the bond between mentors and influences in contemporary photography, and those times in an artist's formative development when a special teacher or person changed everything for them. This exhibition focused on one such mentor-mentee relationship -- that between Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum. Each artist was represented by selections from their most recent projects. Doug DuBois' My Last Day at Seventeen is about coming of age in a housing estate in Cobh, County Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland, during the current economic downturn. This was the first time that My Last Day at Seventeen had been exhibited outside of Ireland. Aaron Blum's Born and Raised is a series of portraits of his family and friends as well as landscapes and interior scenes taken in his hometown of New Martinsville, a small rural community in the Appalachian range of West Virginia.
Fellowship 13: Projects by Diane Meyer and Ross Mantle, featured projects from our two Fellowship winners. International Award winner Diane Meyer (Santa Monica, CA) showcased her series Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten and Keystone Award winner Ross Mantle (Pittsburgh, PA) showcased his series California, Pennyslvania. Now in its 13th year, Fellowship identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s judge was Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY.
Presented against the backdrop of the 2012 election season, Will Steacy's new installation is both a chronicle and a critique of a nation where a once-attainable “American Dream” has been replaced, for so many, by a desperate effort to survive. The exhibition’s title comes from a line in Bruce Springsteen's song, The Ghost of Tom Joad, which in turn alludes to John Steinbeck's classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Both of these artist-activists have influenced Steacy, and like them, he fiercely identifies with those who are forgotten, disenfranchised and displaced.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is pleased to announce that Akihiko Miyoshi (Portland, OR) and Isa Leshko (Philadelphia, PA) are the winners of the Fellowship 2012 International Photography Competition. Now in its 12th year, this juried competition identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s juror was Julie Saul, the distinguished owner and director of Julie Saul Gallery in New York City.
The 2012 Benefit Auction presented 50 contemporary and vintage prints from both renowned artists and emerging talent throughout the United States and around the world. Photographs in the exhibition were auctioned off at one of the region's most anticipated charitable art events on Sunday, April 28, 2012.
Dawoud Bey, in his first solo exhibition in Pittsburgh, created striking, large-scale color portraits of students at 17 high schools across the United States. Class Pictures brought together 27 of these images depicting youth from a wide economic, social and ethnic spectrum. This highly diverse group portrait created by Bey showcased a generation that challenges stereotypes.
HomeFrontLine created a space in which to pause and think about this decade of war in the aftermath of 9/11 and the enormous human, social, economic, and political costs incurred, paying tribute to the selflessness and courage of soldiers and their families.The exhibition also considered how photography and visual imagery shape our understanding and perception of war. The exhibition features images and multimedia projects by eleven international documentary photographers and photojournalists — Claire Beckett, Nina Berman, Kevin Bubriski, Gabriela Bulisova, Ashley Gilbertson, Baptiste Giroudon, Michael Kamber, Benjamin Lowy, Alfonso Moral, Eugene Richards, and Peter van Agtmael.
This was the first Pennyslvania photography biennial, which featured sixteen statewide artists working at the forefront of contemporary photography. While regional by virtue of where these photographers live and work, the Biennial’s artists are fully engaged with the global photography community and the plurality of ideas and practices that characterize the medium today. The featured artists included: Donald E. Camp (Philadelphia, PA); Vicki DaSilva (Allentown, PA); Lori Hepner (Pittsburgh, PA); William Larson (Collegeville, PA); Dennis Marsico (Pittsburgh, PA); Edward McHugh (Philadelphia, PA); Lydia Panas (Kutztown, PA); Amie Potsic (Drexel Hill, PA); Robert Raczka (Pittsburgh, PA); Nadine Rovner (Philadelphia PA); Nicki Stager (Bethlehem, PA); Amy Stevens (Philadelphia, PA); Jeffrey Stockbridge (Philadelphia, PA); Sarah Stolfa (Philadelphia, PA); Dylan Vitone (Pittsburgh, PA); and Lori Waselchuk (Philadelphia, PA).
Silver Eye’s first annual members’ exhibition attracted more than 100 national and international photographers who submitted over 1,000 individual images for consideration. The following six photographers were chosen for the exhibition: Susan A. Barnett (New York, NY); Hope Guzzo (Laurel, MD); Nic Lyons (San Francisco, CA); Leigh Merrill (Dallas, TX); Monika Merva (Brooklyn, NY); and Stephen Strom (Sonoita, AZ).