Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund
August 11, 2023 — November 5, 2023
Special Exhibition Gallery
This exhibition asks key questions that identify and complicate conventional ideas of the “American South” and “Southern photography” by resisting retrograde tropes and instead projecting the enigmatic, ever-changing qualities of the region and its people.
The exhibition highlights a wide-ranging group of photographers from the Do Good Fund—diverse in gender, race, and ethnicity. Photographs by seventy-three artists, including Gordon Parks, Sheila Pree Bright, Mark Steinmetz, Michael Stipe, and William Christenberry showcase both established and emerging names in photography. Reckonings and Reconstructions navigates the interface between nature and culture in the South. Themes of land, labor, law and protest, food, ritual, and kinship draw from historical legacies where despair and hope, terror and beauty, pain and joy, and indignity and dignity commingle.
The exhibition is organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia and will travel from the Chrysler Museum of Art to the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, February 8–May 18, 2024, and the Figge Art Museum, June 15–September 8, 2024.
Reckonings and Reconstructions Audio Tour
Listen to the stories behind the photographs from the artists themselves