The Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present Allan Sekula’s Untitled Slide Sequence. This series of photographic prints, adapted from the original slides produced in 1972, is in direct dialogue with the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time initiative (October 2011 – April 2012).
The works of Allan Sekula - photographer, theorist, historian, and writer - are concerned with the consequences of economic changes arising from globalization. His work questions the function of documentary photography in the media, art, and society.
Sekula’s early work dealt with social issues stemming from the Vietnam War and, more specifically, workers within the workplace. Such critical and conceptual approaches to photography helped to solidify Sekula’s stature within the Southern California arts community.
Photographed in rapid succession, Untitled Slide Sequence (1972) depicts workers as they depart from the General Dynamics Conair Division Aerospace Factory in San Diego. This work documents the aerospace industry and its socioeconomic implications in the Southern California landscape. Originally exhibited as a projection, the gallery will exhibit Untitled Slide Sequence as a series of photographs taken from the original slides. The South Gallery features California Stories 1973-1977, a never before seen series of photographs.
The work of Allan Sekula will be included in two exhibitions in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 at the Orange County Museum of Art. He will also be included in the exhibition, Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph,1964-1977, at the Art Institute of Chicago, opening December 13, 2011.
Allan Sekula’s work has recently been included in the following exhibitions: The Workers, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; Ship of Fools, 29th Biennial de São Paolo, Brazil and the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium; and Polonia and Other Fables, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary. His work is included in the collections of the Thyssen-Bornesmisza Art Contemporary in Vienna; the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; and the ARCO foundation, Madrid, Spain, among others.
His film, The Forgotten Space, co-directed with Nöel Burch, won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. The Forgotten Space recently screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. Upcoming screenings include The New School in New York City and Scotland’s Centre for Photography, where a retrospective of Sekula’s film and video works opens on November 12th.