The photography exhibition ‘Between matter and memory: Expanding the Walls 2023‘ features work by the fifteen artists in the 2023 cohort of the Museum’s signature teen program, Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community. This year’s online edition of the exhibition marks the program’s twenty-third anniversary.
Daisy Lopez, Running Away, 2023. Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community 2023. Courtesy the artist.
‘Between matter and memory‘ considers how photographs can be used to process the gap between physical experiences and intangible recollections of the world. The exhibition is on view at expandingthewalls.studiomuseum.org.
Founded in 2001, ‘Expanding the Walls‘ supports the photographic practices of high school students based in New York City through workshops, gallery visits, and discussions led by contemporary artists. For over twenty years, the archive of Harlem photographer James Van Der Zee (1886–1983) has been central to the program as formal inspiration. Over the course of the eight-month program, the young artists also engage with the work of photographers such as Dawoud Bey, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Texas Isaiah, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ming Smith. These artists, alongside Van Der Zee, provide a rich intergenerational dialogue in which the teenagers can situate their work and practices.
For more than two decades, ‘Expanding the Walls‘ has encouraged participants to explore and define their artistic practices while building community through workshops, gallery visits, intensive darkroom training, and discussions led by contemporary artists. The program continues to be a source and site for critical and creative skill-building through photography and the creative process.
The exhibition is on view from the 2nd of August, 2023 until the 15th of July, 2024. For more information, please visit The Studio Museum in Harlem.