Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2017 Exhibition

Funeral photograph by Robert Frank

Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, October 7- Sunday, November 5, 2017

This experimental exhibition shows the work of the great artist, Robert Frank (b. 1924, Zurich), who is considered the inventor of street photography. He developed new forms of expression within the medium of photography with his method of sequencing and composing pictures in intuitive series beyond the traditional photographic essay. Despite Frank’s significant influence on photographers both of his own and subsequent generations, there have only been a few exhibitions of his work. This traveling exhibition, which has and will be shown chiefly at universities and schools, seeks to remedy that. Frank’s original silver gelatin prints are now fragile objects, and most are not on public display. Galleries, museums, and investors lend Frank originals only under limited conditions of display and with exorbitant insurance costs. This, in turn, makes organizing traditional exhibitions very difficult.

Conceived by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, this exhibition shows Frank’s work in photos, books, and films in a direct, accessible manner. Frank’s images are printed on sheets of newsprint and hung on the walls or from the ceiling. Frank’s films and videos, which are so often overshadowed by his photographic work, are shown on small portable “beamers” that project directly onto the walls. Each exhibition is to be disposed of after display, thus circumventing the normal cycle of speculation and consumption in the art market. When the idea for this pop-up show first reached Frank in his small, crooked house in the Canadian village of Mabou, he said: “Cheap, quick, and dirty, that’s how I like it!”

The unconventional catalogue for the exhibition is a special edition of the renowned German daily newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. The catalogue follows the newspaper's original design and format, and is printed on recycled newsprint.

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The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Steve Tisch, A71, and the Steve Tisch Foundation; Steidl; and the Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation.

The exhibition’s next venue will be Houston, TX before continuing on in 2018 to 35 additional cities around the world.

Viewing times: 10.00am–8.00pm

Admission is free of charge

Previous Exhibition Venues:

IMS Paulista, Sao Paulo (9.19.17 - end of November 2017)

KIITO, Kobe (9.2.17 - 9.22.17)

Art Institute of Chicago (5.12.17 - 5.26.17)

Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (12.4.16 - 3.26.17)

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism/Worth Ryder Gallery (2.18.17 - 3.3.17)

Tokyo University of the Arts/The Chinretsukan Gallery (11.10.16 - 11.24.16)

Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell (5.15.16 - 10.30.16)

Bergamot Station/UCLA, Santa Monica (3.25.16 - 4.13.16)

Halle 14, Leipzig (3.16.16 - 4.10.16)

NYU/Tisch School of the Arts (1.29.16 - 2.11.16)

Fotoistanbul, Istanbul (10.9.15 - 11.8.15)

Museum Folkwang, Essen (4.17.15 - 8.16.15)

Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich (11.22.14 - 12.21.14)

NSCAD University, Halifax (9.5.14 - 9.12.14)


7:45am - 10:00pm