Nottingham Contemporary presents:
States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era
16 September – 26 November 2017
This autumn, Nottingham Contemporary will present States of America, its first ever group exhibition dedicated to photography. Bringing together almost 250 works by 16 iconic photographers, and spanning the 1960s to the late 80s, the exhibition will be one of the largest overviews of North American photography in the UK in recent years.
States of America will focus on a generation of photographers that experimented with innovative approaches to documentary photography. Drawing from the collection of the Wilson Centre for Photography, the exhibition will include key works by Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston and Bruce Davidson, as well as Stephen Shore, who in November will be the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA in New York.
This timely exhibition will stretch from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, three decades that shaped the polarised landscape of Trump’s America, and will explore tectonic shifts in American society and politics, from the decay of city centres and the decline of industry to suburban sprawl and the development of mass advertising.
Artists included in the exhibition: Diane Arbus, Dawoud Bey, Mark Cohen, Bruce Davidson, Louis Draper, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Jim Goldberg, Danny Lyons, Mary Ellen Mark, Nicholas Nixon, Bill Owens, Milton Rogovin, Stephen Shore, Joseph Szabo and Garry Winogrand.