David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire

June 2–December 30, 2018, Main Galleries

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 1975. From the series Hitler Moves East, A Graphic Chronicle, 1941‑43. Gelatin silver print on Kodalith paper. George Eastman Museum, purchase with funds from National Endowment for the Arts. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). The Searchers, 2014. From the series History. Inkjet print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Donald Rosenfeld, Jr. © David Levinthal

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    David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 1983–1985. From the series Modern Romance. Internal dye diffusion print (polaroid sx-70). George Eastman Museum, gift of Donald Rosenfeld, Jr. © David Levinthal

David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire is the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in more than twenty years. The exhibition will include nearly 200 prints, along with related books and ephemera, giving visitors a unique opportunity to consider Levinthal’s most recent work alongside key works from the full scope of his career.

Since the mid-1970s, David Levinthal has been exploring the relationship between photographic imagery and the fantasies, myths, events, and characters that shape contemporary America’s mental landscape. The exhibition will include photographs from all of his major series to date—the best-known of which include Hitler Moves East (1972–75), Modern Romance (1983–85), The Wild West (1986–89), Desire (1991–92), Blackface (1995–98), Barbie (1997–98), Baseball (1998–2004), and History (2010–15)—in addition to never-before-exhibited outtakes, commissions, and archival materials.

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