Exhibition "George Love: beyond time"

Fri01Mar10:00sun12May(May 12)18:00Exhibition "George Love: beyond time"Curated by Zé De Boni, George Love: beyond time is the first major exhibition since the artist's death and brings together more than 500 photographs.Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM SP), Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº, Vila Mariana, São Paulo – SP


George Leary Love (1937-1995), an African-American photographer who developed an extremely prolific career in Brazil between the 1960s and 1980s, will have a retrospective of his work exhibited at Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo. On view from March 1st to May 12th, the exhibition George Love: beyond time It is curated by researcher and photographer Zé De Boni, to whom Love entrusted part of his archive and relevant documents from his history, and will be the artist's first major posthumous exhibition.

Bringing together a set of more than 500 photographs, in new prints and period originals, the exhibition traces a timeline that goes back to a period from before the artist came to Brazil, until his death in 1995. The curator explains that he chose divide the exhibition into 20 sections, as if the exhibition space hosted 20 Love solo exhibitions, each focusing on a theme or era. The sectors also consider the places where George Love lived throughout his career: first in New York, then São Paulo, where he arrived in 1966, a getaway to Rio de Janeiro, the retreat in New York after 20 years in Brazil, and back to São Paulo in his last years of life.

Born in 1937 in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), George Leary Love came from a simple and cultured family. Photography appeared in his life unexpectedly and he developed the craft in a self-taught way. Graduated in Mathematics and Philosophy of Art, he only discovered himself as a photographer when he lived in Indonesia, where his father worked in the diplomatic service. Upon returning to his country, he lived in New York, where he began a successful career in photography.

He participated in an avant-garde group called the Association of Heliographers, of which he became vice-president. The New York group had important names in American photography as its members and, at the beginning of the 1960s, it acted as a pioneer in providing a space for the exhibition of its members' work, which was observed with attention by critics of the time. Furthermore, they were pioneers in the commercialization of color photographs, which was seen as taboo at the time.

Also during the 1960s, Love became involved with the group Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, known by the acronym SNCC, formed largely by black students, who promoted protests and direct actions against ethnic-racial segregation in the United States. This issue, however, hardly appears in the photographer’s work. He makes some records that come close to rescuing his ancestry, including photographs of his family, and also some brief records of the Harlem neighborhood in New York, known for being a stronghold of African-American culture.

George Love left a large part of his collection and archive with Zé De Boni, another part remained in the United States with his ex-partner, Barbara Livesey, who donated this material to the University of North Carolina in Charlotte ), in the photographer's hometown, in the early 2000s. The curator spent years working on the material, faced with the need to identify and interpret documents and photographs that he received precariously grouped together, to offer the public a clearer and more organized vision. During the pandemic, work was intensified, resulting in this exhibition.

De Boni based his research on his intimate knowledge of George Love's work, having been a rare curator of an exhibition of his in his heyday. He also did interviews with people who lived with the photographer. The documents and letters contain striking details unknown even to the most intimate and the revelations give a special color to the interpretation of the author's work and his personality.

A pioneer and innovator, he was always at the forefront and is considered someone who was ahead of his time by his peers. From there, the name of the exhibition emerged. Furthermore, the photographer had a certain mystery around him, as little was known about where the fate he had taken came from.

“Since I have had this collection, I have been concerned about making it accessible to researchers, scholars, students and the public. Mainly because that was George’s will and that was what he entrusted to me”, comments Zé De Boni. For the curator, holding the exhibition at MAM represents a significant step towards preserving George's work and memory, while celebrating the photographer's relevance.

According to Cauê Alves, chief curator at MAM: “At a time when the climate crisis is increasingly evident, the exhibition George Love: beyond time draws attention to the artist’s visionary and current outlook, as well as to urgent environmental issues . MAM has one of the most relevant photography collections in the country, the George Love exhibition contributes not only to its dissemination, especially of a little studied section, but also to the construction of a more diverse history of photography.”

Exhibition | George Love: beyond time 
From March 01th to May 12th
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:18 am to 17:30 pm (last entry at XNUMX:XNUMX pm)


March 1, 2024 10:00 - May 12, 2024 18:00(GMT-03:00)


Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM SP)

Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº, Vila Mariana, São Paulo – SP

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