What’s Hanging is a bi-monthly round -up of gallery shows of interest to our members.  While it features the work artist and documentarians nationwide, we would be most happy to promote the work of our members.  If you have a show coming up and would like us to feature it here, please send sample pictures, a press release and contact information to: Darrell Perry, ASPP Executive Director, director@aspp.com


Viviane Sassen: UMBRA

January 26 – April 1
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL
Open daily: Monday: 10:00-5 Sun 12:00-5

viviane-sassen-yellow-vleiViviane Sassen, Yellow Veil, 2015

UMBRA is an exhibition consisting of photography and multimedia works by acclaimed fashion photographer Viviane Sassen (Dutch, b. 1972). The work in UMBRA, which means shadow in Latin, emphasizes the play of light and shadow that is characteristic of her work. The artist is also known for her alluring color photographs in which form and content balance on the edge of abstraction.


Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings

December 10, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL
Open Tues 10–8 Wed–Sun10–5 Mon Closed

wh9-bm_expanding-the-universe_2008-1Basim Magdy, Expanding the Universe, 2008

Trained as a painter, artist Basim Magdy (Egyptian, b. 1977) began experimenting with colorful works on paper and canvas before moving into the realm of photography and cinema. In a process he dubs “pickling,” the artist applies household chemicals to analog film and photographic material. The results are sumptuous, spectral photographic visions of landscapes, presented as large-scale prints, slide projections, and film.


Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975

January 28 – April 30
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL
Open daily 10:30-5, Thur 10:30-8

exh_provoke_main_2_360hYutaka Takanashi. The Beatles, Marunouchi Shochiku Theatre, Chidyoda-ku (Toyko-jin), 1965

The short-lived Tokyo magazine Provoke is now recognized as a major achievement in world photography of the last 50 years. Although it existed only for three issues and a mere nine months—November 1968 through August 1969—Provoke crystallized the best of progressive art photography and cultural criticism in Japan during the 1960s and early 1970s. The Provoke members—Daidô Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira, Takahiko Okada, Yutaka Takanashi, and Kôji Taki—connected in their interests with the nationwide political protest movement, itself a terrific source for photography and photobooks in that time. Their work also dovetails with the rise of performance in Japanese fine art during the same years.



Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media

December 20, 2016 – April 30, 2017
Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday–Friday, Sunday 10–5:30 Saturday 10–9

breaknews1_gm_35598401_956x768Donald Blumberg, Untitled, from the series Television Political Mosaics, 1968-1969

Over the past 50 years, artists have increasingly turned to newspapers, magazines, and televised news programs as rich sources of inspiration. This exhibition explores how artists have looked at and commented on news images, from the Vietnam War in the 1960s to the so-called “War on Terror” in the 2000s. Much of the work is political; all of it is personal. Through photographs and videos, these artists have juxtaposed, mimicked, and appropriated media elements to transform ephemeral news into lasting works of art.

breaknews6_gm_362988ex1_x1024Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Plate 10 from War Primer 2, 2011

Calder & Nevelson, In Their Studios

January 21 – March 4
Edward Cella Art & Architecture
2754 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6

caldernevelsonPedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson; Alexander Calder

Guerrero: Calder & Nevelson, In Their Studios is an exhibition of captivating photographs from the estate of Pedro E. Guerrero. Best known for his images of the life and work of American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this exhibition highlights for the first-time, Guerrero’s intimate documentation of renowned sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson in their homes and studios. The exhibition includes sculptures and collages by Calder and Nevelson that provide a direct context for the viewer. This presentation also serves to celebrate the centennial of Guerrero’s birth in 1917.



Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

November 4, 2016 – April 2, 2017
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238
Open Wed 11-6, Thur 11-10, Fri-Sun 11-6

marilyn-minter_blue-poles-newMarilyn Minter, Blue Poles, 2007

Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. She trains a critical eye on the power of desire, questioning the fashion industry’s commercialization of sex and the body. Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty is the first retrospective of her work.

Spanning more than four decades, the exhibition begins with the artist’s earliest artworks, from 1969 through 1986, including rarely exhibited photographs as well as paintings incorporating photorealist and Pop art techniques. It continues with works from the late 1980s and 1990s that examine visual pleasure in visceral depictions of food and sex. The exhibition culminates in Minter’s ongoing investigation of how the beauty industry expertly creates and manipulates desire through images.


Pipo Nguyen-duy: Another Expedition: Monet’s Garden

February 2 – April 1
247 W 29th St, New York, NY
Open Tues-Sat 10-6

pipo_l30-980Pipo Nguyen-duy, Untitled L30

These cyanotype prints of botanical specimens were made by Vietnamese-born artist Pipo Nguyen-duy in Claude Monet’s garden. Nguyen-duy was awarded a grant from The Wallace Foundation and The Reader’s Digest Association to live and work in the garden in Giverny, France. Samples were laid directly on to sheets of paper sensitized with a mixture of Ferric ammonium citrate and Potassium ferricyanide. After the chemistry was allowed to dry, the specimens were exposed by contact with sunlight and then processed there on site.


Sadie Barnette: Do Not Destroy

January 18 – February 18
Baxter St at CCNY
126 Baxter St. New York, NY 10013
Open Tues-Sat 12-6
Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Dad, 1968), 2016

Baxter St at CCNY is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Sadie Barnette, curated by Alexandra Giniger. Barnette, a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, returns to present Do Not Destroy, her first solo exhibition in New York City. The show features new works using as primary source material the 500-page FBI surveillance file on Barnette’s father, Rodney Barnette, who founded the Compton, California, chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968. The multi-media works embody an intergenerational father-daughter conversation, uniting the personal and the political.


Martin Roemers: Metropolis

February 1 – April 26
Anastasia Photo
143 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002
Open Tues-Sun 11-7

martin-roemers_metropolis_press-imageMartin Roemers, New M.A. Jinnah Road, Saddar Town, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011

Photographer Martin Roemers set out to document more than 20 of today’s mega-cities. His large-format, long-exposure photographs are jam-packed with detail, and reveal bustling, chaotic, crowded scenes of everyday life in the 21st century.



Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder

May 28, 2016 – March 15, 2017
87 Marshall St North Adams, MA 01247
Open Wednesday-Monday 11-5

massmoca_explodeeveryday_exh04Hope Ginsburg, Breathing on Land (Zekreet Quatar I), 2015

Harnessing the idea of wonder as a thematic metaphor, the exhibition features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/ visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear.



Rineke Dijkstra

December 10, 2016 – July 16, 2017
National Gallery of Art
4th & Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20565
Open Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-6

banner-rineke-dijkstraRineke Dijkstra, Lycée Hector Guimard, Paris, March 19, 1999

Active as a photographer since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra is known for her strikingly earnest, unsentimental depictions of young people in large-scale color prints. Shooting from a low vantage point with minimal background information, she endows her subjects with a monumental presence, creating portraits that are at once self-conscious but revealing, powerful but tender. This installation features four of Dijkstra’s portraits of adolescents, as well as the 1991 self-portrait that inspired much of her later work.



The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Photo Center MW
900 12th Ave, Seattle
Open Monday–Thursday 12–9, Sat–Sun 12–6

photocenterleguizamo_webTimothy Greenfield-Sanders, John Leguizamo

The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders will feature 19 large-format portraits of influential baby boomers, including Samuel L. Jackson, actor, Erin Brockovich, environmentalist, Peter Staley, AIDS activist, and Amy Tan, author. Each image represents a year of the baby boom, from 1946 to 1964, chosen by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (“The Black List,” “The Latino List” and “The Out List”) to reflect the depth, diversity and talent of the baby boomer generation.


Chuck Close Photographs

Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, Seattle, WA
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 11-4;Thurs: 11-9

chuck_closeChuck Close,  Anthurium, 1987

This traveling exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the photographic work by renowned American artist Chuck Close (born 1940), featuring over ninety photographic works from 1964 to the present. Tthis showing at the Henry includes a selection of objects from local collections including key paintings, works on paper, and tapestry related to the photographs.

Chuck Close Photographs represents the full range of the artist’s exploration of photography—from early black and white maquettes for his paintings to monumental composite Polaroids and intimately-scaled daguerreotypes.

Known for depicting friends and family in his paintings, in photography Close expanded his interests to include images of public figures, flower studies, and nudes. This exhibition reveals the fundamental role photography has played in Close’s artistic practice for over five decades, and shows the breadth of his curiosity and spirit of innovation.


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