Place and Presence: Photography from the Collection

Alsdorf Gallery

Place and PresenceBrad Temkin, Lalou—Copenhagen, Denmark, from the seriesPortraits, 2005, dye coupler print (chromogenic). Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2006.16. Courtesy of Brad Temkin.

Photography has always been an important part of the Block Museum's permanent collection and exhibitions. This selection of photographs from the Block's holdings evokes the complex dimensions of locations and people. From quiet interiors and mysterious landscapes to intimate portraits and symbolic visages, the works in this exhibition look at the way we experience places and perceive character beneath the surface. Through the artists' acute observation, photographic manipulation, or lesss conventional means, the photos in Place and Presence engage us to contemplate intangible properties, or the seen and unseen. The exhibition features work by Chicago-based photographers, including Suzette Bross, Scott Fortino, Laura Letinsky, Joseph Sterling, and Brad Temkin, as well as international artists such as Luis González Palma from Guatemala and the Iranian-born Shirin Neshat.