Las Cruces, New Mexico—Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly and engages in long-term photographic projects. He tells stories that reveal both a profound humanity and the inexorable passing of time. The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. This retrospective contains three different bodies of work: All the Days and Nights, Avella, and My Last Day at Seventeen.
Family is a recurring theme in DuBois’ work, and his first project on the subject, All the Days and Nights, took over twenty years to complete. In 1984, DuBois began photographing his own family, tracing the complicated and nuanced relationships that unfolded as time passed and events transpired, such as his father’s near-fatal accident, subsequent recovery, and the impact on his family.
For his series Avella, DuBois spent years photographing the residents of an old coal-mining town in Pennsylvania where his grandmother had lived. He collected her stories and made a portrait of the inhabitants of an American town past its prime.
In his most recent series, My Last Day at Seventeen, DuBois traveled to Cobh, Ireland, where he was an artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre. What started as a month-long residency turned into a five-year project for DuBois, who was fascinated by the complex connections between the teenagers in the insular neighborhood of Russell Heights. He began photographing them, and earned their trust, in order to tell a coming-of-age story about the delicate moment between childhood and adulthood, filled with both confidence and uncertainty.
Some of DuBois’ photographs are candid; most often he orchestrates scenes, engaging the narrative languages of cinema and literature to give access to the truth and complexity of lived experience.
University Art Gallery
New Mexico State University
Located in D.W. Williams Hall, the University Art Gallery is housed within the Department of Art at New
Mexico State University, a larger land grant Hispanic-serving institution situated in southern New Mexico just
50 miles from the U.S./Mexico border. This past November, voters approved General Obligation Bond C for $22.5 million dollars for the renovation and construction of D.W. Williams Hall. An additional $1 million is needed to purchase furnishings and equipment to complete this state-of-the-art facility. Ammu and Rama Devasthali have pledged a $250,000 matching gift to encourage donations. To contribute to the Williams Hall construction and have your gift matched, visit the NMSU Foundation website at http://nmsu.life/G.
Doug DuBois (born in Dearborn, Michigan, 1960) has photographs in the collections of the Museum of Modern
Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles
County Museum of Art. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and National Endowment for the Arts. DuBois has exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum and MoMA. His first monograph was All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009). In 2015, Aperture published his latest book, My Last Day at Seventeen. He has also photographed for magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Time, Details, and GQ. DuBois teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
Cory Jacobs is an independent curator. She has collaborated with the Hermès Foundation for seven years, organizing exhibitions with contemporary photographers. Her work with the Hermès Foundation has also involved developing partnerships with other not-for-profits, such as Aperture and the French Institute Alliance Française. Additionally, she is overseeing a year-long corporate curation project for Hermès proper.
February 23–April 15, 2017: University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University (NMSU), in conjunction with artist books by New Mexico State University photography students.
1390 E. University Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88003; Tues-Sat, 10 am-4 pm.; 575.646.2545; uag.nmsu.edu.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:00–7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 23, 5:15-6:15 pm
Photo Narratives Workshop with NMSU faculty member Wes Kline: Saturday, March 4, 12:30-2:30 pm Free Admission to view exhibition and attend programs.
About the Hermès Foundation
The Hermès Foundation supports people and organizations seeking to learn, perfect, transmit, and celebrate the skills and creativity that shape and inspire our lives today, into the future. Guided by our central focus on artisan expertise and creative artistry in the context of society’s changing needs, the Foundation’s activities explore two complementary avenues: know-how and creativity, know-how and the transmission of skills.
The Foundation develops its own programs in the contemporary visual arts (exhibitions and artists’ residencies), photography (Immersion, in alliance with Aperture Foundation), performing arts (New Settings), design (the Prix Émile Hermès), and craftsmanship (the Skills Academy), together with international calls for projects promoting biodiversity and solidarity. At the same time, we support the activities of organizations in these areas around the world.
The Foundation’s unique, diverse activities are governed by a single, over-arching belief: Our gestures define us.
About the Hermès Foundation’s alliance with Aperture Foundation
In 2014, the Hermès Foundation launched a program of photographers’ residencies and exchanges, exhibitions, and publications with Aperture Foundation in New York. The program marks the Hermès Foundation’s renewed commitment to intervene upstream in the creative process, with support for the production of new photographic work, and a new partnership with a distinguished, internationally acclaimed photography institution.
About Aperture Foundation
Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.
Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. From its base in New York, Aperture Foundation produces, publishes, and presents a program of photography projects and programs—locally, across the United States, and around the world.
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