919: The Neighbors USF Cam
USF's Contemporary Art Museum presents a virtual photography exhibition that shows a candid view of American life and families called The Neighbors: Slide Shows for America.
- Hello, I'm DALIA COLON.
And this is WEDU ARTS PLUS.
Many museums are closed due to the pandemic.
So USF's contemporary art museum in Tampa is bringing its
latest exhibition to you.
(slide projector changing)
- Well, the exhibition is called,
"The neighbors slideshows for America"
It's five commissioned photographic slide shows
or photographic portfolios,
from five artists who lived and work in America.
We invited these five artists to give us
a look at their community.
- The idea really is to sort of get a composite view
of America at a time when that composite view is being
contested seriously, contested
both in our electoral process
but also in the culture. So what we wanted to do is to
to basically hand off
the idea of coming up with that composite view.
To five brilliant photographers.
- So each of them gave us they were digital.
So we put these into slide format.
So believe it or not
there's still places that will make slides for you.
So you get the idea of being in a darkened room with the
sound of the slide projectors changing.
So what sort of brings up that whole nostalgic
aura of being in a community ,
watching slides together in a darkened room.
- So what we wanted to do at the museum with this show
was really to appeal to some of that too,
to appeal to that community,
maybe lost community or community in construction.
- You know, this is a very interesting,
shall we say time for our country?
There's a lot of division. There's a lot of mistrust.
And I think this is a really good time to remind ourselves
of who we are and what makes us strong.
And that's really our diversity.
- There is a, a great photo by Kathya Maria Landeros
of probably the daughter of a farm worker
and remember farm worker Latino holding a sparkler
during the 4th of July.
There is a beautiful picture of a young boy
dressed in hasidic clothing,
overlooking the Brooklyn Queens expressway
in Williamsburg America's city.
There is a picture by Kurt Hammelburgof men taking down
a flag, and it seems to be draped all over his head
with cornfields behind him.
And then there's a lot of photographs of a family.
(slow piano music)
- Even though I do photograph in my family
and in communities that I know,
it just feels like people are very vulnerable right now.
(Slow piano music)
- Think I'm just becoming more resourceful
and finding ways to continue creating the work
that I need to make.
But in a way that truly, you know,
feels safe to me right now.
- We have each one of the projections taped, videotaped
and available on the website,
which is the way viewers will be able to experience the show
essentially until we hit phase three and we can allow
a limited number of people to walk through.
- But we kind of wanted to hedge our bets,
not knowing what's gonna happen.
Could we make it both real and virtual?
The challenges are,
it's never going to be the same as walking into a gallery
and seeing work firsthand.
And having the experience of being
able to actually be in that space.
And you can converse with the works.
You can see one work next to another work
and see how the curator has placed them in conversation.
And so it's never gonna be the same as that real life
kind of acquaintanceship with the works.
On the other hand, it's always there when you want it.
And the other hand, it makes the work available to them,
really broad range of people.
And, you know, an almost unlimited number of viewers.
- We are in apart together mode.
And I think this is one way in which we can
arrive at some more of that togetherness
and I think that's fundamental.
- Right now what else can you do?
We are planning on always having some kind of virtual
element tour exhibitions,
even when we're gonna be completely open.
And so I don't think that's ever going to go away.
I think we're just, I think we artists
and curator, et cetera.
I think we're just on the threshold
of what virtual exhibitions
can eventually be.
So it's kind of exciting to think of the landscape that's
out there that we can explore.
- See more at cam.usf.edu