“The Future We Choose” Exhibition

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

poster for “The Future We Choose” Exhibition
[Image: Stephen Wilkes "Biden/ Harris Inaguration, Day to Night™" (2021)]

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After the chaos of 2020 – an extraordinary year that brought a deadly pandemic, political turmoil, and racial reckoning – Bryce Wolkowitz presents The Future We Choose: a survey of the most significant events in present day American history. Through the eyes of Stephen Wilkes, Cortis & Sonderegger, Paula Scher, José Parlá, Oliver Jeffers, Bruce Davidson, Berenice Abbott, William Klein, and Stephen Somerstein. The Future We Choose passionately confronts the fragile state of our democracy while saluting our innate resilience.

In his Day to Night series, Stephen Wilkes compiles thousands of moments throughout the course of a day from a fixed position into a time-bending, composite image. Twelve years after first photographing The Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, Wilkes was invited back to photograph a second historic moment: The Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Exactly Fifty-seven years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, another event, captured in Wilkes’ Commitment March, Day to Night™, drew thousands of people to Washington, D.C., to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Viewed across the large video screens are the characters of the event, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Reverend Al Sharpton, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s son and granddaughter, and the family of George Floyd.

Conceptual photographer duo Cortis & Sonderegger create dioramas of iconic photos, often histories most classic images. By revealing what exists just beyond the edges of their sets, the precarious connection between photography and truth emerges. Herein lies what their photographic predecessors kept under wraps. In the case of “Making of Büro (by Thomas Demand, 1995), 2020”, Cortis & Sonderegger depict how Demand recreated a press photo after citizens of the nearly defunct German Democratic Republic stormed the headquarters of the Stasi, the State Security services in Berlin, in 1990.

Paula Scher, whose intricate typographic maps of the United States and Washington, D.C. allude to distortion in the presentation of data across the web and in the media. Scher obsessively creates a hierarchy within each geographic framework. The volume of information is daunting, yet the fluent spatial arrangements create political and societal connections. Washington, D.C. appears cold and impenetrable, much like the barriers erected by the previous administr



from March 18, 2021 to April 08, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-03-18 from 18:00 to 20:00

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