How Curators and Artists Worked Together to Shape the Guggenheim’s Photo-Poetics

  • 2016-04-11
  • Guggenheim

The exhibition Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, on view at the Guggenheim Museum through March 27, features ten contemporary artists working in the field of photography—all of whom are represented in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. The exhibition grew organically out of the collecting efforts of the museum’s Photography Committee, led by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, andNat Trotman, Curator, Performance and Media.

Throughout several years of acquisitions, a trend began to emerge among a group of the works approved by this committee, and the idea for a show came into focus. Many of the works in Photo-Poetics are produced in a studio-based still life mode often involving the representation of image-bearing printed matter. The artists’ practices also reflect an interest in the materiality of the photograph as an object that circulates in the world rather than just as an image.