William Eggleston: Democratic Camera. Photographs And Video, 1961-2008

October 31, 2010 – January 16, 2011
Wallis Annenberg Photography Department
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

William Eggleston is widely recognized as a master of color photography, a poet of the mundane, and proponent of the democratic treatment of his subjects. His inventive use of color and spontaneous compositions profoundly influenced the generation of photographers that followed him, as well as critics, curators, and writers concerned with photographs.

This exhibition includes more than two hundred photographs, the artist’s little-known video work Stranded in Canton, his early black-and-white photographs of the sixties (click archive in www.eggelstontrust.com), and the vivid dye-transfer work of the early seventies, as seen in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark catalogue of 1976, William Eggleston’s Guide. Highlights from the last twenty years includes selections from the Graceland series and The Democratic Forest, Eggleston’s great, dense anthology of the quotidian. The exhibition includes a special selection of recent work taken in Los Angeles. LACMA’s curator of the exhibition is Edward Robinson, Wallis Annenberg Photography department.

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in association with Haus der Kunst, Munich. The Los Angeles presentation was made possible by LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Director’s Endowment Fund, The Jonathan Sobel & Marcia Dunn Foundation, the Eggleston Artistic Trust and Cheim & Read.

Exhibition-related programs are supported in part by a generous gift from the Photographic Arts Council and by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund.


Conversations with Artists: Hito Steyerl and George Baker
Wednesday, October 6 | 7 pm

Join Berlin-based filmmaker and theorist Hito Steyerl for a presentation of her work, followed by a conversation with George Baker, Associate Professor of Art History at UCLA. A related program of Steyerl’s videos will be screened at the California Institute of the Arts on Thursday, October 7, 2010.
Brown Auditorium | Free, no reservations

Conversation and Screening: David LaChapelle and Josh Azzarella
Saturday, October 30 | 2 pm

Artists David LaChapelle and Josh Azzarella will discuss themes of celebrity, memory and mourning in a conversation moderated by Edward Robinson, associate curator of photography. Includes a screening of Azzarella’s Untitled #100 (Fantasia) (2007-9, 12:06 min.), a haunting investigation of Michael Jackson’s iconic music video Thriller (1983).
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations

Film screening: William Eggleston in the Real World
With special appearance by director Michael Almereyda
Sunday, October 31 | 1:30 pm

Filmmaker Michael Almereyda will screen his acclaimed documentary, William Eggleston in the Real World, then discuss his new Eggleston book, William Eggleston, For Now with writer Lloyd Fonvielle and Edward Robinson, associate curator of photography. Book signing to follow.

Print Launch Event with Photographer William Eggleston
Tuesday, November 2 | 5-7 pm
Art Catalogues, LACMA | Free, no reservations

Film screening: Stranded in Canton
Tuesday, November 2 | 8 pm
The Cinefamily - 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles

The Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater) will host this rare screening of William Eggleston’s underground black-and-white video masterpiece, Stranded in Canton (1973-2008). Special guests to attend.
Tickets at Cinefamily or cinefamily.org

Film Panel Discussion & Related Screenings

A Tribute To William Eggleston: Photography And Film
November 4-6

A filmmakers’ conversation touching on the relationship between film and photography, color, and influence. Participants include Harmony Korine, Ed Lachman, and other special guests! The evening will be moderated by Britt Salvesen, curator and department head of photography, and Ian Birnie, consulting curator, film department.
Screening of related films includes: North By Northwest (1959, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock), Trash Humpers (2009, Dir: Harmony Korine), True Stories (1986, Dir: David Byrne), and Mystery Train (1989, Dir: Jim Jarmusch).

Gallery Reading: Maggie Nelson
Tuesday, November 16 |7:30 pm

Poet and writer Maggie Nelson will read from her book Bluets (2009) and reflect on the topic of color in the exhibition.

Gallery Talk: Gawain Weaver
Tuesday, November 30 |7:30 pm

Photo conservator Gawain Weaver will discuss the range of materials and processes revealed in the exhibition.

Gallery Performance: Chuck Prophet
Monday, December 6 | 7:30 pm

Indie rock musician Chuck Prophet will perform an intimate concert in the exhibition.

The Road Movie: The Making of an American Genre, 1965–1990
January 2011

This film series looks at changing perspectives of the American landscape and its inhabitants as seen through the windshield by lonesome highway drifters. From Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, Dir: Monte Hellman) through Badlands (1973, Dir: Terrence Malick) to Five Easy Pieces (1970, Dir: Bob Rafelson).

All programs are organized by the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and are supported in part by the Photographic Arts Council and the Ralph M. Parsons Fund.

(Image above: William Eggleston, Algiers, Louisiana, c. 1972, from William Eggleston’s Guide, 1976. Dye-transfer print; 16 13/16 x 11 in. (42.5 x 27.9 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.)