The Study Gallery

The Syracuse University Art Galleries welcomes proposals for short term exhibitions to be installed during the fall and spring semesters in The Study Gallery. Past displays have included selections from the University’s permanent collection for survey courses in Art History, Chinese Ceramics, Modern British Art, Indian Mithila painting, and language arts.

Any Syracuse University faculty, staff, student group or department can propose a short term exhibition that coincides with a specific curriculum or special event.  To submit a proposal, please fill out the Study Gallery Proposal Form, and a member of the SUArt Curatorial Staff will be in touch with you regarding your proposal.

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

NORTH AND SOUTH: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1

 

January 18, – March 9, 2018

 

In June 1954 at the age of fifty-six, photographer Berenice Abbott set off with two companions from New York, and drove south along U.S. Route 1 until they reached Key West, Florida. There, they turned around and retraced the route to its northern terminus at Fort Kent, Maine. Over the course of the journey Abbott made over 2400 negatives and spent the next two years making prints and writing a prospectus describing the historical importance of the project. In it she explained her reasons for the trip- “We wanted to capture visually the character of an historic section of the United States, its beauties and incongruities and all. If visible evidences of the past survived, we wanted to photograph them before bulldozers and derricks moved in.”

This was Abbott’s largest body of work devoted to a single subject and very little has come to public attention.  Perhaps this is because the work doesn’t fit easily into the other major areas of Abbott’s photographic interests-her early work in portraiture while living in Paris, the decade long project of photographing New York City, and her twenty-year association with scientific photography. Ironically, the pictures Abbott made for the Route 1 project exhibit many of the elements that made these earlier projects successful. The work demonstrates a fresh and inquisitive eye for subject matter, the ability to choose and arrange pictorial elements in interesting compositions, and above all else, the determination to take pictures and present them in an honest manner without darkroom tricks or manipulation.

 

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