The summer exhibitions and projects will be on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem from July 15 through October 24, 2010.
The first New York museum exhibition of South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa (b. 1960, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) brings together three compelling series: “Interiors” and “Empty Beds” document the domestic lives of migrant workers in and near Johannesburg, South Africa, while photographs in “Common Ground” focus on shared experiences of natural disaster in urban areas, featuring houses in post-Hurricane-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana and on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, after wildfires.
Though his photographs are documentary in nature, Mthethwa consciously works against documentary conventions. Mthethwa presumes no objectivity toward his subjects, considering portraiture a form of collaboration between sitter and photographer. Originally trained as a painter, the artist adopts several formal and aesthetic features of painting large-scale, careful composition, rich color tones and staged poses in his highly stylized photographs.
At 7:00 PM on July 15 Zwelethu Mthethwa and Naomi Beckwith will speak about the work in Inner Views in a special public program in the Museum Theatre, followed by a signing of Zwelethu Mthethwa, published by Aperture and available at the Museum Store.
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The museum is also extending its hours on Thursdays and Fridays. Be sure to pop into the new Atrium Cafe on a leisurely Saturday or Sunday.
Thursday and Friday, noon-9pm;
Saturday, 10am6pm; Sunday, noon