Garry Winogrand: Public Relations

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Garry Winogrand’s Public Relations. This is the first time these works have been shown together since their exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977.

Public Relations is a distillation of a photographic project begun by Winogrand in 1969 when he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to photograph what he called “the effect of media on events.” With his characteristic zeal, passion, spontaneity, and intensity, Winogrand photographed an array of public events including museum openings, press conferences, sports games and demonstrations. The photographs depict our emerging dependence on the media as well as how the media changes and sometimes even creates the event itself. In the catalog for the 1977 MoMA exhibition, Tod Papageorge wrote that what Winogrand “has given us in these photographs is a unilateral report of how we behaved under pressure during a time of costumes and causes, and of how extravagantly, outrageously, and continuously we displayed what we wanted.”

Garry Winogrand began photographing in 1948, when he was twenty. He received many major awards for his photography including a grant from the NEA and two Guggenheim fellowships. He died in 1984.

This exhibit runs concurrently with DIANE ARBUS: A Box of Ten Photographs and LEE FRIEDLANDER: The Little Screens.