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Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects

  • Dates: February 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Closed Mon.
  • Admission: Adults $15Seniors (65+) $13Students (with ID) $5Ages 5-17 $5Ages 4 & under FreeMembers Free
  • Location: George Eastman Museum
  • Address: 900 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607-2298
  • Web Site: https://www.eastman.org/robert-cumming

Perception, language, and the nuances of photographic vision are common themes in the work of Robert Cumming (American, b. 1943). His method of portraying the physically impossible so that it appears visually accurate has its roots in his early career as a painter, sculptor, performance artist, and mail artist. Cumming’s elaborate set ups, fabricated according to a creative logic of his own devising, were often the outcome of weeks of planning, followed by a flurry of building and assembling. He would then photograph what he built and present the results as black-and-white 8-by-10 prints. It is notable that the quality of his photographic work is high, for anything less would detract from the more serious nature of Cumming’s intent: to encourage viewers to reevaluate the world through his deep appreciation for absurdity.

Curated by Sarah Bay Gachot, this is the first major US exhibition devoted exclusively to Robert Cumming’

 

Image: Robert Cumming (American, b. 1943). Theater for Two, Easy Analogies, 1978. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist. © Robert Cumming