An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first comprehensive survey of the Vietnamese American artist, published on the occasion of a major exhibition organized by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Drawing, in part, from her own experiences of the Vietnam War, Lê has created a body of work committed to expanding and complicating our understanding of the activities and motivations behind conflict and war. Throughout her thirty-year career, Lê has photographed noncombatant roles of active-duty service members, often on the sites of former battlefields, including those reserved for training or the reenactment of war, and those created as film sets.
This publication includes selections from her well-known series Viêt Nam, Small Wars, 29 Palms, and Events Ashore, in addition to never-before-seen images, including recent photographs from the US-Mexico border, formative early work, and lesser-known projects. Essays by the organizing curator Dan Leers and curator Lisa J. Sutcliffe, as well as a dialogue between Lê and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, address the ways in which Lê’s quiet, nuanced work complicates the landscapes of conflict that have long informed American identity.
An-My Lê’s (born in Saigon, South Vietnam, 1960) work has been exhibited at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lê has received many awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation. She is a professor in the Department of Photography at Bard College.
Dan Leers is a curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and organized the traveling exhibition An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain.
David Finkel is a journalist and author whose honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize.
Lisa Sutcliffe is the Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Viet Thanh Nguyen is author of The Sympathizer (2015), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other awards.
Softcover; 204 pages; 128 four-color and black-and-white images. ISBN 978-1-59711-481-3
The Dispatch documents the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 through photographs, a checklist, and reflections by curator Ingrid Schaffner. Featuring contributions by Gabriella Beckhurst, Jennifer Burris, Emi Finkelstein, Rebecca Giordano, Larissa Harris, Talia Heiman, Elizabeth Hoover, Hitomi Iwasaki, Koyo Kouoh, Prem Krishnamurthy, Paula Kupfer, Ellen Larson, Katie Loney, Sophia Marisa Lucas, Ashley McNelis, Liz Park, Erin Peters, and Marina Tyquiengco, the Dispatch also includes an 84-page artist project by Leslie Hewitt.
This book is the second of two publications for the International. The Guide, which accompanies the exhibition, is also available from the CMOA Store.
2019; softcover; 256 pages with additional 84-page photo essay insert; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-8803906-4-4
The Guide enriches the experience of the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, providing information about Carnegie Museum of Art, the history of the International, and the artists and works featured in this year’s exhibition. The book also contains five travelogues, commissioned essays that document the research travels of International curator Ingrid Schaffner and her companions.
2018; hardcover; 210 page; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-8803906-3-7
This beautiful, small-format publication serves as a primer on the work of William Henry Fox Talbot, a true interdisciplinary innovator who drew on his knowledge of art, botany, chemistry and optics to become one of the inventors of photography in 1839. Talbot’s “photogenic drawings” (photograms), calotypes and salted paper prints are some of the first ever examples of images captured on paper.
Accompanying an exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art (November 18, 2017 to February 11, 2018), this book brings together approximately 30 photographs by Talbot that demonstrate his wide-ranging interests, including nature, still life, portraiture, architecture, and landscape. Approximately a quarter of the featured images are being published for the first time since Talbot was alive. Through thematic groupings elucidated by noted Talbot scholar Larry Schaaf, the book reveals the photographer’s early striving to test the boundaries of his medium at a historic moment when art and science intersected. With its luminous reproductions of Talbot’s fragile art, this publication demonstrates that, in its earliest days, photography required a form of magic-making and innovation that continues to inspire people today.
William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a “gentleman scientist” in Victorian England. He is best known for his development of the calotype, an early photographic process that involved the use of a negative, from which multiple prints could be made. Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature (1844–1846) was the first mass-produced book with photographic illustrations.
2017; hardcover; 95 pages with 40 color illustrations; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-8803-9060-6
“You are a part of everything you consume: food, material goods, and energy. And everything you consume affects the world that you live in. Know how to gather good data, understand what it means, make your choices based on quality information, and take action. You are made of energy and have the power.”
This is the crux of Andrea Polli’s project Hack the Grid, which reveals how photography, digital imagery, and data visualizations can inspire community activism and political action. Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science, and technology. For Hack the Grid, she presents past and current projects that reveal how data visualizations create emotional impact and societal change. Polli also engages in conversations with scientists, activists, technologists, and designers in Pittsburgh, a city at the intersection of technological advancements and longstanding ecological concerns.
Hack the Grid is a project of the Hillman Photography Initiative, in which Carnegie Museum of Art invites artists to investigate contemporary social issues through photography’s measurement of light and time. In addressing the relationship between light and environmental sustainability using data visualization, Polli pushes the boundaries of photography and reveals the power of imagery to inspire citizens and change the world for the better.
2017; hardcover; 160 pages with full color; available from the CMOA Store and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-061-3