Recent Acquisitions in Focus: Latent Narratives
September 13, 2016–January 29, 2017, Getty Center
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This exhibition features multipart photographic works by William Leavitt, Liza Ryan, Fazal Sheikh, and Whitney Hubbs. Juxtaposing images of people, places, and things, the works present fragmentary, enigmatic narratives that nonetheless establish a powerful, almost palpable atmosphere or mood. When sequenced by the artist in a specific order, the images recall storyboards used for motion pictures. When excerpted from a larger series, they suggest a stream-of-consciousness meditation on a theme. By providing the visual cues or markers of stories still to be played out, these photographs encourage visitors to participate in completing the narratives.