Framing Narrative: Contemporary Photography from the AMAM

September 11 - December 2012
Education Hallway

The Education Hallway (located in the southeast corner of the museum) features rotating exhibits on a smaller scale. On view this fall is Framing Narrative: Contemporary Photography from the AMAM, which explores the elements of storytelling in works by Jeff Wall, Carrie Mae Weems, Holly Wright, Jen Davis, and Tina Barney. The exhibition views the human figure as central in the construction of narrative by both the artist who stages the image and the viewer who interprets it through visual cues such as grimace, gesture, and setting. The photographs pose a question about the viewer’s role as an active image/story reader—is it participatory or voyeuristic?

This exhibition was curated by Erika Raberg (OC ’09), 2011-12 AMAM Curatorial Assistant for Academic Programs.


Tina Barney (American, b. 1945)
The Son, from the portfolio In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and You Were Full of Joy, 1987
Chromogenic development print
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Photography Fund,  1991.35.1