Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design extend David Levinthal: War Games exhibition

. August 31, 2013

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design have extended David Levinthal: War Games, the first exhibition to bring together all of the artist’s work on the subject of war. The exhibition will now close on Sunday, October 2.

David Levinthal, Untitled (from the series Hitler Moves East), 1975. Gelatin silver print, 15 15/16 x 20 inches. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of the artist, 1985.5. © 2012 David Levinthal / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

David Levinthal, Untitled (from the series Hitler Moves East), 1975. Gelatin silver print, 15 15/16 x 20 inches. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gift of the artist, 1985.5. © 2012 David Levinthal / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


David Levinthal, a central figure in the history of American postmodern photography, has staged uncanny tableaux using toys and miniature dioramas for nearly 40 years. Mounted to celebrate the museum’s acquisition of a major, career-spanning body of work, this exhibition features the artist’s photography on the subject of war. It is organized by students of the Curatorial Seminar at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, an innovative course led by curators of the Corcoran’s department of Photography and Media Arts.

Levinthal’s combat-related tableaux constitute a remarkable critique of the ways society experiences conflict through its portrayal. His groundbreaking project Hitler Moves East (1975–77), a series of imagined scenes from World War II’s Russian front, first established his reputation, becoming a touchstone for the iconoclastic generation of American photographers that includes artists like Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. Wild West (1987–89), Levinthal’s best-known body of work, explores the American frontier and the American Indian Wars, filtered through the lens of Hollywood westerns and late-20th-century advertising. Mein Kampf (1993–94) luridly re-enacts Adolph Hitler’s theatrical rallies as well as horrifying scenes from the Holocaust. Levinthal’s I.E.D.(2008) echoes contemporary news imagery of our military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More information at: http://www.corcoran.org/exhibitions/david-levinthal-war-games#sthash.wDgLp81K.dpuf

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