MoMA Museum of Modern Art

JoAnn Verburg

Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg

15 Jul - 05 Nov 2007

Installation view of the exhibition, "Present Tense: Photographs by Joann Verburg"
July 15, 2007–November 5, 2007. IN2012.1. Photograph by John Wronn
This exhibition of approximately sixty photographs will survey the twenty-five-year career of American photographer JoAnn Verburg (b. 1950), who often works in simultaneous series of different subjects–composed and "found" still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. Verburg slowly explores these subjects' pictorial possibilities. Her methodical process includes the use of diptychs and triptychs that demonstrate how the content of a picture can be enriched by using more than one photograph at a time, while maintaining coherence through the close formal and referential relationship of individual exposures. Verburg's use of a 5 x 7-inch-format camera and a radiant color palette make her photographs pleasurable balancing acts that describe the sensuality and physicality of her subjects, and capture those spaces and moments suspended in the reverie that precedes action.

The exhibition is organized by Susan Kismaric, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, and will be accompanied by a catalogue.