McNay Art Museum presents Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography

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McNay Art Museum presents Telling Tales
Erwin Olaf, Berlin, Rathaus Schöneberg, 9th of July, 2012, 2012. Digital chromogenic print. Photo courtesy of Erwin Olaf

Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography features the work of 17 artists who interpret stories through pictures, whether real or imagined. Spanning nearly four decades, this survey begins with the art of ground-breaking photographers who emerged during the 1970s and 1980s and continues through today. The images present a wide range of styles and themes - familiar, mysterious, humorous, perplexing - yet they are always compelling to view.

Organized by the McNay, the exhibition presents over 50 photographs. Works such as Nan Goldin’s landmark The Ballad of Sexual Dependency demonstrate some artists’ explorations of the politics of the day - in this case, the onset of the AIDS crisis - while other examples, including photographs by Tina Barney, Justine Kurland, and Paul Graham investigate class differences, marginalized communities, and social justice.

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McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78209

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