From September 14 – October 1, 2016, FraenkelLAB is featuring a special presentation of seven photographs of theaters by Hiroshi Sugimoto. The artist has photographed more than 100 movie houses and drive-in theaters in the past 40 years, and he recently extended the series to include Italian opera houses and abandoned theaters. This exhibition is particularly notable for the inclusion of one of Sugimoto’s marvelous new photographs of opera houses, Teatro dei Rozzi, Siena (2014).
In his new book Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters, the artist has written:
To watch a two-hour movie is simply to look at 172,800 photographic afterimages….My dream was to capture 170,000 photographs on a single frame of film. The image I had inside my brain was of a gleaming white screen inside a dark movie theater.
The presentation at FraenkelLAB is a complement to Hiroshi Sugimoto: Remains to be Seen at Fraenkel Gallery, which marks the U.S. debut of the artist’s photographs of abandoned theaters.