Encounters in the Aftermath: Works by Lorie Novak Exhibition: October 10 – 21, 2011

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April 1, 1999 - July 13, 2011 ©Lorie Novak 2011
Archival Ink jet Print, 40 x 60"
LeRoy Neiman Gallery
Columbia University
School of the Arts
310 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
(at 116th Street),
(212) 854-7641
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm
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Encounters in the Aftermath: Works by Lorie Novak

Curated by Tess Korobkin and Audrey Sands
Exhibition brochure with essay by Laura Wexler

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 5:00-7:00 pm
Exhibition: October 10 – 21, 2011
Extended Hours: Friday, Oct. 14, 9am - 7:30pm
Extended Hours: Saturday, Oct. 15, 11:30am - 3:30pm

LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts
310 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), (212) 854-7641
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday


Encounters in the Aftermath brings together works by Lorie Novak that take the events of September 11, 2001 as a starting point to consider the role of photography in negotiating urban trauma, public remembrance, and private loss.  The installation will incorporate photographs taken in 2001 of memorials to those who lost their lives on September 11 as well as recent large-scale photographs and archival materials from Novak’s new Photographic Interference project.

Immediately following 9/11, Novak photographed the impromptu memorials and missing persons posters erected in public spaces throughout New York City. The resulting body of images records the layers of inscriptions to lost and missing loved ones and captures a constantly changing palimpsest of personal and collective mourning. Novak also collected newspapers in the aftermath of the attacks. While her saving of New York Times front sections began in 1999, the events of 9/11 shifted her focus and transformed it into a long-term project that continues today.

Since the early 1980s, Novak’s work has shown how photographs persist in the world as sites of memory and interruption, accretion and absence. Through collecting and layering newspapers, magazines, family photographs, and personal artifacts, the artist explores what she calls “the afterlife of images.” By photographing and arranging accumulated issues of The New York Times, she contemplates the ephemeral nature of print journalism in relation to our idea of the permanence of the archive as an institutional form of memory.

Her more recently conceived photographic diptychs juxtapose images of her eyes and hands with journalistic images of suffering and disaster.  These works engage with the artist’s idea of “photographic interference,” calling attention to the experience of looking at photographs as a corporeal and disruptive encounter.

Taken together, the works in this exhibition ask us to consider the status of individual loss in the larger transformation of injury into politicized action, understanding, and memorialization.

Encounters in the Aftermath is presented in conjunction with the conference Injured Cities: Urban Afterlives, October 14-15, 2011, at Columbia University. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Columbia University Engendering Archives Project in the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference and the Yale University Public Humanities Program. See www.socialdifference.org/injuredcities for more information.

Lorie Novak lives and works in New York City and is Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her photographs, installations, and Internet projects have been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Argentina, England, Holland, and France, and her photographs are in many museum permanent collections. See www.lorienovak.com for more information.

Curators Tess Korobkin and Audrey Sands are PhD students in the History of Art Department at Yale University. Korobkin studies Nineteenth and Twentieth Century art and visual culture of the United States. Sands specializes in the history of photography and modern visual culture.

Laura Wexler is Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Director of The Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale.

Please contact studio@lorienovak.com for more information.

 

LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts
310 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), (212) 854-7641
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday


For information on past exhibitions please visit:
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