Inbox: Hal Fischer

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Exhibition. January 5–February 25, 2018. In 1975, the photographer Hal Fischer moved to San Francisco, where he was soon featured in the important group exhibition Photography and Language. Although the artists included were not part of a formal movement, they were interested in combining photographs with text in a way that expanded, reinterpreted, or contradicted the imagery. Contributors to the exhibition catalogue analyzed the work using principles of semiotics, the study of how meaning is created and communicated through signs, each consisting of a form (a signifier) and what it represents (the signified). Fischer’s 1977 series Gay Semiotics, acquired last year by the Museum, brought these theories to bear on gay culture in San Francisco’s Castro and Haight-Ashbury districts. A “lexicon of attraction,” as the artist has called it, this work classifies styles and types while acknowledging their ambiguity. For instance, images of men with handkerchiefs in their pockets feature text that explains the possible meanings of these items according to the “hanky codes” that gay men used to convey sexual preferences, but which also points out that the men could be carrying them for blowing their noses. Other images in the series consider gay fashion, media stereotypes, and BDSM culture.

Selection of further exhibitions in: United states

01.11.2019 - 22.03.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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18.10.2019 - 09.02.2020
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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19.10.2019 - 16.11.2019
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
New York

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11.07.2020 - 07.02.2021
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
Seattle

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18.10.2019 - 09.02.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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12.09.2019 - 25.04.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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27.07.2019 - 02.02.2020
de Young Museum | de Young
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco

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22.02.2020 - 25.10.2020
de Young Museum | de Young
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco

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24.07.2019 - 20.07.2020
07.12.2018 - 12.01.2020
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
New York

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07.12.2018 - 06.12.2020
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
Seattle

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17.10.2019 - 26.01.2020
01.12.2018 - 05.01.2020
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
New York

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03.01.2016 - 03.05.2020
Mexican and Latino Art Museum | San Francisco | In Association With The Smithsonian Institution - Th
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D
San Francisco

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08.08.2019 - 26.01.2020
Mad Museum
2 Columbus Circle
New York

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04.05.2019 - 08.03.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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01.07.2019 - 23.02.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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14.12.2019 - 11.07.2020
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
Seattle

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Inbox: Hal Fischer MoMA - Museum of Modern Art Main address: MoMA - Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street NY 10019-5 New York, United states MoMA - Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street NY 10019-5 New York, United states Exhibition. January 5–February 25, 2018. In 1975, the photographer Hal Fischer moved to San Francisco, where he was soon featured in the important group exhibition Photography and Language. Although the artists included were not part of a formal movement, they were interested in combining photographs with text in a way that expanded, reinterpreted, or contradicted the imagery. Contributors to the exhibition catalogue analyzed the work using principles of semiotics, the study of how meaning is created and communicated through signs, each consisting of a form (a signifier) and what it represents (the signified). Fischer’s 1977 series Gay Semiotics, acquired last year by the Museum, brought these theories to bear on gay culture in San Francisco’s Castro and Haight-Ashbury districts. A “lexicon of attraction,” as the artist has called it, this work classifies styles and types while acknowledging their ambiguity. For instance, images of men with handkerchiefs in their pockets feature text that explains the possible meanings of these items according to the “hanky codes” that gay men used to convey sexual preferences, but which also points out that the men could be carrying them for blowing their noses. Other images in the series consider gay fashion, media stereotypes, and BDSM culture. Book tickets