David Levinthal: American Scenes at Julie Nester Gallery
June 28 – July 23
Reception for the Artist, June 28, 6-8 PM
David Levinthal is a central figure in American postmodern photography. Since the early 1970’s, he has photographed dolls and toys in settings that explore the fantasies, myths and events that shape our contemporary mental landscape.
Despite their playful veneer, Levinthal’s images provide a lens through which to examine the myths and stereotypes lurking within our most beloved pastimes and enduring heroes. In doing so, Levinthal encourages us to consider the stories we tell about ourselves—what it means to be strong, beautiful, masculine, feminine, and ultimately, American.
This exhibition includes large scale Polaroid photographs from Wild West (1988-89) andBaseball (2003); along with archival prints from American Beauties (1989-90), Barbie(1997-98), Space (2007) and History (2014).
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Over his illustrious career, Levinthal has created 21 photographic series. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is in the collections of over 30 major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (all NYC); the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art (both Washington, D.C.), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum and the Menil Collection.
Levinthal received an MS in Management Science from the MIT Sloan School of Management (1981), an MFA in Photography from Yale University (1973), and a BA in Studio Art from Stanford University (1970).
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