MARCH 2005 - LIDA MOSER
March 18 - April 13, 2005
Opening on March 18, 2005 and through April 13, 2005, the Fraser Gallery Georgetown gallery will be hosting the first ever Washington, DC solo exhibition of legendary American photographer Lida Moser, who now lives in retirement in nearby Rockville, Maryland.
This 85-year-old photographer is not only one of the most respected American photographers of the 20th century, but also a pioneer in the field of photojournalism. Her photography is currently in the middle of a revival and rediscovery, and has sold recently as high as $4,000 at recent Christie's auctions and continues to be collected by both museums and private collectors worldwide. In a career spanning nearly 60 years, Moser has produced a body of works consisting of thousands of photographs and photographic assemblages that defy categorization and genre or label assignment.
Additionally, Canadian television is currently in the process of filming a documentary about her life; the second in the last few years, and Moserís work is now in the collection of nearly 40 museums worldwide.
A well-known figure in the New York art scene of the 1950s and 1960s, a portrait of Lida Moser by American painter Alice Neel hangs in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. One of them will be included in the National Museum of Women in the Art's "Alice Neel's Women" coming to Washington, DC this October.
Lida Moser's photographic career started as a student and studio assistant in 1947 in Berenice Abbott's studio in New York City, where she became an active member of the Photo League. She then worked for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Look and many other magazines throughout the next few decades, and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
"Man Sitting Across from Berenice Abbott's Studio, Greenwich Village (Commerce Street), NYC" c.1948
In 1950 Vogue, and (and subsequently Look magazine) assigned Lida Moser to carry out an illustrated report on Canada, from one ocean to another. When she arrived at the Windsor station in Montreal, in June of that same year, she met by chance, Paul Gouin, then a Cultural Advisor to Duplessis government. This chance meeting led Moser to change her all-Canada assignment for one centered around Quebec.
Armed with her camera and guided by the research done by the Abbot Felix-Antoine Savard, the folklorist Luc LacourciŤre and accompanied by Paul Gouin, Lida Moser then discovers and photographs a traditional Quebec, which was still little touched by modern civilization and the coming urbanization of the region. Decades later, a major exhibition of those photographs at the McCord Museum of Canadian History became the museumís most popular exhibit ever.
"Quebec Children, Gaspe Pen, Valley of The Matapedia, Quebec, Canada." c.1950
She has also authored and been part of many books and publications on and about photography. She also wrote a series of "Camera View" articles on photography for The New York Times between 1974-81. Her work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide and is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, the National Archives, Ottawa, the National Galleries of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, the Library of Congress, Les Archives Nationales du Quebec, Corcoran Gallery, Phillips Collection and many others. Moser was an active member of the Photo League and the New York School.
The Photo League was the seminal birth of American documentary photography. It was a group that was at times at school, an association and even a social club. Disbanded in 1951, the League promoted photojournalism with an aesthetic consciousness that reaches street photography to this day.
"Alice Neel with Painting of Daughter-in-Law." c.1971
This will be her first solo exhibition in Washington, DC and it will run from March 18 through April 13, 2005.
Work by Lida Moser can be seen online here. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 18 from 6pm - 9pm.
"Judy and the Boys (Mimicry)"
Gelatin Silver Print c. 1961
11 x 14 inches matted and framed to 16 x 20 inches
See more work by Lida Moser here.
APRIL 2005 - VIKTOR KOEN
April 15 - May 18, 2005
Digitally constructed photographs by Viktor Koen. This will be the DC solo debut by Koen, a member of the Faculty of the Parsons School of Design, in New York. The 2003 First Prize winner in the Digital Hall of Fame in Stockholm, Sweden, Koen contructs photographs through a digital sampling process that deliver works that are surreal and macabre. His works have been exhibited worldwide, including at the International Digital Biennale in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, the Rocky Mountain Digital Arts Center, Denver, the Jerusalem Museum of Art, Jerusalem, Israel and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 15 from 6pm - 9pm.
Photogravure c. 1999
15 x 12 inches - Edition of 24
JUNE 2005 - ANDREW DEVLIN
June 17 - July 13, 2005
Drawings by Andrew Devlin, winner of the 2004 Georgetown International Art Competition. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 17 from 6pm - 9pm.
SEPTEMBER 2005 - ZYGIMANTAS AUGUSTINAS
September 16 - October 19, 2005
Paintings by Zygimantas Augustinas. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 16 from 6pm - 9pm.
OCTOBER 2005 - ANDREW WODZIANSKI
October 21 - November 16, 2005
Paintings by Andrew Wodzianski. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 21 from 6pm - 9pm.