August 2020 – Ongoing
Windows on Latimer is a series of new site-specific commissions from Philadelphia-based artists presented in The Print Center’s iconic bay window. This series responds to our temporary closure due to COVID-19, by providing safe access to art from the street. In its format, it reflects on the history of photography – a window as a lens onto the world – and takes into consideration both the formal and conceptual qualities of a window as an in-between space that can both separate and connect.
In the catalog for the 1978 exhibition Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at The Museum of Modern Art, curator John Szarkowski observed a dichotomy characteristic of photography. He questioned whether a photograph is “a mirror, reflecting a portrait of the artist who made it, or a window, through which one might better know the world.” Today, we can still ask if the medium is a means of self-expression or of exploration.
The works in Windows on Latimer exercise the metaphor of the window as a frame for seeing and understanding the people, places and things around us. In the contemporary moment, we constantly are looking through windows – the windows of our homes, the windows of our computers, and even the windows that are our glass-paned mobile phones, which Teju Cole reminds us are “always on the verge of breaking.” This series of exhibitions compels us to not just hurriedly look through – or past – windows but to stop and look at them.
The Print Center is pleased to offer Windows on Latimer as a safe, outdoor viewing experience to all who walk, run, bike, skate or drive down our street over the coming months!
Windows on Latimer launched in August 2020 with Shawn Theodore, followed by James B. Abbott, Roxana Azar and Krista Svalbonas. Additional commissions will be announced at a later date.
James B. Abbott
James B. Abbott takes us to the spectacular Cape Cod National Seashore with High Tide, Low Tide, High Tide. The three black-and-white triptychs taken on Cape Cod can transport the viewer to any special place of solitude. Abbott says, “In this new age of uncertainty, I find myself seeking solace in the memory of a place, a personal place, one that I fell in love with, have history with and tried to understand through my photographs.”
Abbott is a photographer whose subjects range from Venice, Italy to the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, from urban cityscapes to the solitude and rich natural beauty of Cape Cod. Abbott received a BFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. His work is included in many public and private collections, including the Allentown Art Museum, PA; Cranbrook Art Museum; and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Abbott has generously created a benefit edition of High Tide, Low Tide, High Tide: inkjet print, 15 ¼” x 11” (image), 17 ½” x 13” (sheet), in an edition of 25 for $150. All proceeds will directly benefit The Print Center.
"These crisis times have clarified who and what are important to me. This includes The Print Center - which must continue to educate, nourish and bring us together as a community. Please join me in offering your support!" – James B. Abbott
Shawn Theodore brings us face-to-face with essential workers. Known for his dynamic street photography, Theodore began creating tightly cropped portraits of restaurant workers, janitors, delivery people and security guards in 2017. “Black folks in the service industry see their invisibility firsthand,” says Theodore, “I wanted to take a different approach in sharing a part of my practice that a lot of people are not aware of.” I See You Not Seeing Me makes the presence of these individuals palpable both in the image as well as in the reflections cast.
Theodore is an interdisciplinary artist whose work opens broad conversations regarding the shaping of agency and imagery, new forms of storytelling and the trajectory of the collective Black consciousness. He holds a BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from Temple University, Philadelphia and is currently enrolled in the MFA program in Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia. He has exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; African American Museum in Philadelphia; Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, among others.
The Print Center would like to thank the artists for their participation and collaboration with additional thanks to James B. Abbott for his help in conceiving this series and his services as Master Printer.