Within the Frame

February 16, 2019—July 7, 2019
North Carolina Museum of Art

Photography provides an opportunity to see what might otherwise be overlooked. Capitalizing on this concept, Within the Frame presents a collection of images that reveal hidden scenes within mirrors, frames, windowpanes, and other constructions. In Within the Frame, viewers “enter” some spaces through doorways, allowing for a deepening of the scope of a picture and the expansion of the story within an image. Windowpanes invite daydreaming, while reflective surfaces—especially mirrors—welcome contemplation of the self or questions of identity. Other works ask the viewer to consider the irony of a framed work of art within a photograph. Kristina Rogers’s photocollages, for example, encourage conversations about the layers, inversions, and geometric lines in her images. Together the photographs in Within the Frame evoke ideas about photography that change the ways we think about the medium.

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Artists in the exhibition include David Simonton, Nan Goldin, Alec Soth, Kristina Rogers, Pamela Pecchio, Elliott Erwitt, Uta Barth, John Menapace, Luis Rey Velasco, Lee Friedlander, Allen Frame, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Joyce Tenneson, among others.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

Joyce Tenneson, Self-Portrait: hands held before face, 1976, gelatin-silver print, 5 7/8 x 8 7/8 in., Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest), © 2018 Joyce Tenneson

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