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Danny Lyon, Crossing the Ohio, Louisville, 1966. The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Kenneth G. Futter. © 2012 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Courtesy the Edwynn Houk Gallery and Dektol.wordpress.com.
This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs
February 16 – June 2, 2013

This exhibition of more than 50 photographs and photographic montages, drawn from the artist’s studio and the Menil collection and spanning the period 1962 to the present, traces the fascinating and wide-ranging evolution of the career of New York- and New Mexico-based Danny Lyon. A leading and explosively creative figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon distinguished himself from peers like Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander through his direct engagement with his subjects and his concern for those on the margins of society. His goal at the outset of his career, he says, was “to destroy Life magazine” by presenting powerful, real alternatives to the hollow pictures and stories permeating American mass media in that era of conformity. In the process he created thousands of images of striking psychological, political, and aesthetic power.

The exhibition is organized by the Menil Collection, Houston. At the Menil Collection, this exhibition was realized through the generous support of Michael Zilkha, David and Anne Kirkland, Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray, H-E-B, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the City of Houston.

In Santa Barbara, this exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Dana & Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation, Susan Grimes Sweetland, and SBMA PhotoFutures.

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Left: Julian Cox
Right: Danny Lyon, SNCC workers outside funeral. The Menil Collection, Houston. © 2012 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Courtesy the Edwynn Houk Gallery and Dektol.wordpress.com

Curator's Choice: Julian Cox
Road to Freedom
Sunday, February 17, 2:30 pm
Lecture by Julian Cox, Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photographs at the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

In 2008, Julian Cox organized a ground-breaking exhibition and publication titled Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968. Since 2010, he has served as Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He recently hosted the exhibition This World Is Not My Home from the Menil Collection, opening at SBMA on February 16.

Mr. Cox will speak about the Civil Rights movement in general with a special focus on photographer Danny Lyon's contribution as a SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) photographer. Within this framework, he also will speak about the exhibition on view and the importance of the recently-acquired Civil Rights portfolio produced by Danny Lyon as a young man.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members

 


Danny Lyon, Walls Unit yard (Raymond Jackson, robbery). The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil. © 2012 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Courtesy the Edwynn Houk Gallery and Dektol.wordpress.com

Defining Documentary Today: A Panel Discussion
Sunday, March 3, 2:30 pm
Inspired by the work of photographer, Danny Lyon, the Museum turns its attention to the notion of documentary photography in the 21st century.

The term documentary has always been used to categorize an exclusive field of photography, but what is documentary photography? "Documentary" suggests that the camera can make an accurate record of the world, but ignores a multitude of contributing factors—such as the personal decisions of the artist, the possibility for photographic manipulation, or the perspective of the viewer. In the 21st century, when everyone with a smart phone is an instant documentarian, how are artists thinking about and approaching this genre today? Photographers Ken Gonzales-Day and Mathieu Young, theorist Martin Berger, and filmmaker Kevin McKiernan discuss their own definitions of "documentary" in an increasingly digital world. UC Irvine, Professor Emeritus, Sally Stein will be moderating the panel.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members

 

  
 

Studio Sunday on the Front Steps
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.

All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.

In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.
 

Front Steps of the Museum
Free

Pastel and Paper
Danny Lyon's Photographs
Sunday, March 10
Construct a photomontage using images of Lyon's portraits and cityscapes and colorize it with chalk pastel.

 

  
 

Family 1st Thursday
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.

April 4
This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs
Cityscape/Portrait Collages
Under the influence of Danny Lyon's images of his New Mexico neighbors, reimagine the extraordinary and ordinary parks, beaches, main streets, and neighborhoods of Santa Barbara by creating a black and white collage with instant camera portraits.

 


Danny Lyon, What Hopes Have Perished with You My Son (In Memory of Johnnie Sanchez). The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil. © 2012 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Courtesy the Edwynn Houk Gallery and Dektol.wordpress.com

Danny Lyon Book Signing
Thursday, April 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Meet photographer Danny Lyon as he signs copies of his books, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Davidson Gallery

 


Danny Lyon, Shakedown, Ramsey Unit. The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil. © 2012 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos. Courtesy the Edwynn Houk Gallery and Dektol.wordpress.com

Danny Lyon in Conversation
Friday, April 5, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Join the conversation between Danny Lyon and University of Santa Cruz professor of Art History, Kim Beil, as they discuss Lyon's 50-plus-year career as a photographer and filmmaker.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free for SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members

 

Danny Lyon Film Series
In conjunction with the exhibition This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs, SBMA will be hosting special screenings of two films. Chosen by the artist, these Hollywood classics were influential in Danny Lyon's life and have resonance with his work. Both films will be introduced by theorist and film historian, Colin Gardner.

White Heat, 1949
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:30 pm

The Defiant Ones, 1958
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30 pm

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free

 

 
     
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