The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents three exhibitions of work by Philadelphia Photographers: Will Brown, David Graham, and Ray K. Metzker. Public opening reception Friday, May 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Philadelphia photographer Will Brown's work stands within a long tradition of street photography as discrete, momentary records of a time, independent of implied narrative. This exhibition series continues at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, with photographs by masters of American photography David Graham—a photographer in love with the world around him who uses the medium to visually embrace what he sees—and Ray K. Metzker, a virtuoso who has pursued his chosen medium making extraordinary photographs for the better part of six decades. Graham is known for a photographic body of work that chronicles colorful, surreal, and bizarre aspects of the American landscape and culture, while incorporating popular photography genres, such as family portraits and vacation photos. Metzker is known for his experimentation with black-and-white photography, especially his cityscape and landscape photographic series, and his use of composites and multiple exposures.
Also opening that evening is Abelardo Morell: Pictures in Three Museums, featuring images taken at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Barnes Foundation.
American, born 1931 and raised in Milwaukee. Metzker lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Ray K. Metzker received his BA in 1953 from Beloit College, WI and completed his graduate degree at the Institute of Design, Chicago in 1959 before relocating to Philadelphia in 1962.In 2013, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri mounted a retrospective of his work, which traveled to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Other retrospectives exhibitions have been organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2000, and in 2007 by the Musée de l’Élysée, Switzerland and Preus Fotomuseum, Norway. Major solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2004); the Milwaukee Art Museum (2001); the Art Institute of Chicago (1991); at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1980); the International Center of Photography, New York (1978); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1967). His photographs have been included in group museum exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Print Center, Philadelphia; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among others. Many prestigious museums around the world have collected Metzker’s photography, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris.
The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Metzker won a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1966, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for Photography in 1974 and 1989, and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Art & Culture Award in 1991. Ray K. Metzker is exclusively represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York. Metzker lives in Philadelphia, PA.