Reconsidering the family of man


february 3rd - may 26th

[Artspace] at Untitled hosted an unprecedented exhibition of nearly 100 photographic prints from the turn of the century to the present.

Thematically inspired by the seminal exhibit The Family of Man, curated by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, Reconsidering The Family of Man drew upon the extensive archives of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) as well as that of the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s photographic collection, both of which are housed at the [Photographic Resource Center] at Untitled. Like the original exhibit, our central theme for this show illustrated the commonalities that all human beings share such as love, family, birth, and death. We believe our approach also illustrated the development of photography, both technically and artistically, post 1955, the date of the original The Family of Man exhibition. 

As a complementary exhibition, Untitled showed selection of prints from photographer Todd Stewart’s series, The Garden. Comprised of large format digital pigment prints, this body of work represents what Stewart calls, “quiet instances of discovery and revelation.” Jon Burris, Executive Director at Untitled states, “Todd’s photographs are stunningly beautiful, exquisitely realized images of his children in a state of exploring the natural world. They also define the utmost achievement of a photographer utilizing state of the art digital processes in this constantly evolving medium.” Stewart is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History and has shown his work in numerous national and international exhibitions over the past ten years.

Rounding out the program was The 1940’s, the third exhibit in the continuing series Decade by Decade: Works from the PSA Collection.