Shows & Events

  • Group show

    Surveillance at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


    Surveillance group exhibition featuring Blue Sky Days, September 16, 2016 to January 29, 2016

    Artist talk with Tomas van Houtryve October 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
    4525 Oak Street
    Kansas City, Missouri 64111

    Who is watching you? In the 21st century, it is hard to escape the camera’s all-seeing eye. With every movement recorded by cameras, it is difficult to remember that surveillance is not a modern construct. This exhibition examines photography’s role in secretive looking from the 1860s to today.

    Dating from 1864 to 2014, the works in this exhibition fall under categories of spying/hidden camera, photography of the forbidden, military surveillance, areas of heavy surveillance, and mapping satellites and drones. Also included are examples of counter-surveillance that either prevent watching or surveille the watchers.

    The group exhibition includes works by Henri-Cartier Bresson, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Miroslav Tichy, Trevor Paglen, Mishka Henner, and Tomas van Houtryve.

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art acquired two prints from Tomas van Houtyve’s Blue Sky Days series for their permanent collection.


    More info.

  • Group show

    Dispatches at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)


    Dispatches group exhibition featuring Traces of Exile and Blue Sky Days, November 1, 2016 to February 19, 2017

    Artist talk with Tomas van Houtryve November 17, at 6:00 pm

    Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
    750 Marguerite Dr.
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106

    Dispatches gathers and generates artistic responses to the news by 34 contemporary artists and photojournalists. The exhibition includes a survey of works from 2010 to present and launches a series of commissions, or “dispatches” on current events and the critical issues of our time.

    The art works emerge from within and in defiance of today’s media landscape, ranging from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. They enlarge our collective capacity to sensitively receive stories delivered in today’s unevenly regulated and fast flow of news. They decelerate the speed of information. Or, they organize collective efforts toward a more humanizing interaction.

    Dispatches is divided into five thematic zones: Post-9-11 Realities; Borders and Migrations; Ecological Justice; New Forms of Social Action; and the 2016 US Presidential Election.

    Featured independent artists include Doug Ashford, Rossella Biscotti, Hasan Elahi, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sheryl Oring, Trevor Paglen, and Larry C. Price. Featured photographers from the VII Photo collective include Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Sarker Protick, Maciek Nabrdalik, Sim Chi Yin, and Danny Wilcox Frazier.

    Tomas van Houtryve is the only artist with two bodies of work in the show: Traces of Exile in the Borders and Migrations section and Blue Sky Days in the Post-9-11 Realities section. Both projects were supported with grants from the Pulitzer Center.


    More info.