Photo exhibitions to see: June and July 2022


We’re back with another batch of great photo exhibits for you to check out across the US as the summer temperatures heat up. This month’s column features a mix of historical and contemporary, including intimate images of jazz singer Billie Holiday, a career-spanning retrospective of photographer William Klein, a group exhibition that highlights the emerging black talent, a celebration of some of photography’s most influential female shooters, and a two-person show that documents New York during the early days of the pandemic from two perspectives.

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic

Billie Holiday holding her pet Chihuahua, Pepi, outside Sugar Hill, Newark, New Jersey, April 18, 1957. © Jerry Dantzic

In 1957, during Billie Holiday’s weeklong residency at Sugar Hill Nightclub in Newark, New Jersey, photojournalist Jerry Dantzic was given special access to document the performer. Captured just two years before his death, the images featured present an expanded view of the iconic artist’s private and public life. The exhibit includes rarely seen footage of Holiday with her son, godson and pet chihuahua, Pepi. The photos are accompanied by commentary by author Zadie Smith, as well as items including Dantzic’s Leica M3, a 1957 copy of SEE Magazine that featured photos and other ephemera. The collection of images highlights Holiday’s passion and originality.

Where: Newark Museum of Art in Newark, New Jersey

When: Until August 22

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at newarkmuseumart.org.

Guillaume Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films 1948-2013

Actors in striped shits on a striped background
William Klein, Backstage of “Who are you, Polly Maggoo?”, 1966. ©William Klein. Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.

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This summer, the International Center of Photography is hosting the first American exhibition devoted to the work of William Klein in more than a generation. Throughout her career, Klein’s work has straddled the worlds of street photography, fashion photography, graphic design, painting, film, and more. This vast exhibition will fill the space of the museum and will present more than 200 pieces that include the different mediums in which he worked. The career-spanning exhibition covers Klein’s time as a studio assistant in Paris through his career as a photographer in Brooklyn. Get inspired this summer by stepping into the mind of one of photography’s most versatile creators.

Where: ICP in New York

When: Until September 12

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at ICP.org.

The New Black Vanguard: photography between art and fashion

Sarah, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015.
Sarah, Lagos, Nigeria, 2015. Namsa Leuba (Swiss, b. 1982). Image courtesy of Aperture, New York, 2019.

© Namsa Leuba

This group exhibition showcases the work of black photographers working in the worlds of portraiture and conceptual art, who merge the genres of fine art and fashion photography, changing the contemporary visual vocabulary regarding beauty. The show features works by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obsai, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs and Stéphane Tayo. Included photographers are regularly featured in lifestyle magazines and ad campaigns, and run widely consumed social media channels. They are also artists who actively expand conversations about the representation of black bodies and black lives, and celebrate black creativity.

The exhibit also features a salon-style wall of photography that features images by other emerging black artists, including Lawrence Agyei, Daveed Baptiste, Faith Couch, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Delphine Diallo, Rhea Dillon, Justin French, Erica Génécé, Denzel Golatt, Travis Gumbs, Texas Isaiah, Seye Isikalu, Adama Jalloh, Manny Jefferson, Joshua Kissi, Myles Loftin, Ronan Mckenzie, Tyra Mitchell, Travys Owen, Lucie Rox, Makeda Sandford, Cécile Smetana Baudier, Isaac West and Joshua Woods.

Where: Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

When: Until September 11

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at clevelandart.org.

Anonymous architects: Lauren Silberman and Alex Hoyer

An empty music room.
Lauren Silberman, Dancefloor (Good Room), Archival pigment print, 60 x 78 inches.
© Lauren Silberman

Captured during the early days of New York’s COVID-19 lockdown, these two works by Alexa Hoyer and Lauren Silberman document the strange time when the city that never sleeps seemed frozen in time and completely devoid of people. Facade by Alexa Hoyer focuses on luxury storefronts that closed their windows during the COVID-19 lockdown and citywide BLM protests. The Lost Happy Hours by Lauren Silberman captures the interiors of closed bars and nightclubs in her neighborhood, which eventually became symbols of the loneliness inherent in sheltering at home during the early days of the pandemic.

Where: Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey

When: Until August 31

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at manacontemporary.com.

Modern Women Modern Vision

A child in bed surrounded by a large amount of goldfish
Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946), “Revenge of the Goldfish,” 1981. Cibachrome print. Bank of America collection.
© 1981 Sandy Skoglund

This traveling group exhibition, currently on display in Denver, features more than 100 images by women photographers such as Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange and contemporary artists such as Neeta Madahar and Carrie Mae Weems. The expansive show celebrates women’s contributions to photography in the 20th century and how they shaped the medium. Modern Women Moden Vision is organized into six thematic sections, including Modernist Innovators, Documentary Photography and the New Deal, Photo League, Modern Masters, Exploring the Environment and The Global Contemporary Lens.

Ultimately, this exhibition is a great insight into the influence of female photographers on the medium, and a great place to experience the work of a diverse group of creators in one place.

Where: Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado

When: Until August 28

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at denverartmuseum.org.

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