Rochester, N.Y., October 4, 2019—The George Eastman Museum will present Anderson & Low: Voyages and Discoveries in its main galleries beginning October 19. The exhibition is the US premiere of UK-based artist duo Anderson & Low’s most recent series, Voyages. For this exhibition, the artists also selected works from the Eastman Museum collection that they perceived to resonate with their work. In addition, the show will include excerpts from Anderson & Low’s previous bodies of work and new photographs made in response to their explorations of the museum’s collection. The exhibition will be on view through January 5, 2020.
Anderson & Low are renowned for blending fact and fiction into seamless, realistic photographs, using a wide variety of historic and contemporary photographic processes. Their latest series, Voyages, is an interpretation of the British Science Museum’s collection of historical ship models in which new stories emerge. The artists used the protective plastic sheeting that covers the models in storage as a prism. The resulting pictures present the historic boats and ships as atmospheric vignettes, their details cloaked in a misty haze that suggests the thrill and anticipation of embarking on a new adventure. At the same time, the antique vintage of the models conjures legends of ancient mariners and chronicles from the Age of Exploration.
“Voyages represents a continued exploration of recurrent themes in our photographs: it studies the relationship between fantasy and perceived reality, pushing at the boundaries of what a photograph is ‘supposed to do,’ and relating these concepts to art history,” said Anderson & Low. “The main focus of Voyages and Discoveries is seeing the world differently and making amazing discoveries as a result, which was also the focus of our curatorial intentions as we explored the Eastman Museum’s collection to find correlations with our own work.”
Anderson & Low: Voyages and Discoveries includes more than fifty works from the George Eastman Museum’s photography collection that the artists felt had an unexpected correspondence with these ideas and with their previous works. These objects from the museum collection and works from Anderson & Low’s previous series—including Chrysalis, Manga Dreams, On the Set of James Bond’s Spectre, Abstraction, and New Process—will be on view side by side to allow visitors to see and think about the visual and conceptual conversations they ignite. Anderson & Low will premiere a new Star Wars image that Lucasfilm has given special permission for the artists to create specifically for this exhibition, as well as a new Manga Dreams–style portrait of the internationally acclaimed violin sensation Ray Chen.
Friday, October 18
6–6:30 p.m. Curator’s Remarks, Dryden
6:30–8 p.m. Preview, Main Galleries
Curator Lisa Hostetler will give opening remarks, followed by a book signing with the artists and a preview of the exhibition in the galleries. Cash bar and light refreshments. Free to members, $15 general, $10 students. Reserve/purchase tickets online: eastman.org/voyages (recommended; tickets may also be purchased at the door).
WISH YOU WERE HERE TALK
Saturday, October 19; 2 p.m.
Photographers Jonathan Anderson & Edwin Low will speak about their current exhibition Voyages and Discoveries as well as other bodies of work. The Wish You Were Here photography lecture series is supported by Dr. Thomas N. Tischer. Free to members; included with museum admission.
DRYDEN FILM SERIES
Voyages and Discoveries
Anderson & Low selected a series of films to accompany the exhibition, ranging from seafaring adventures to haunting ghost stories.
Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Down to the Sea in Ships
(Henry Hathaway, US 1949, 120 min., 35mm)
Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
(Kimi no na wa., Makoto Shinkai, Japan 2016, 106 min., DCP, Japanese w/subtitles)
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
(Wandafuru raifu, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan 1998, 118 min., DCP, Japanese w/subtitles)
Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
(Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg, UK 1970, 105 min., 35mm)
Thursday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.
(Masaki Kobayashi, Japan 1964, 160 min., 35mm, Japanese w/subtitles)
Anderson & Low: Voyages and Discoveries is generously sponsored by Midtown Athletic Club. For more information about the exhibition or related programming, visit eastman.org.
About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its joint master’s degree program with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management. For more information, visit eastman.org.