- America America, American history and photography in Milan
America America, the exhibition under the patronage of the United States Consulate General Milan is a based on the desire of Expowall Gallery to share with the Italian public the extraordinary move of the New York Public Library (NYPL), which has released almost 200,000 photos in the public domain that can be downloaded in hi-res and for free: ”Everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways”.
The NYPL project is a true anthem to freedom, to the culture of the image, and to the history of the United States of America.
Thanks to the selection by Expowall Gallery, visitors can enjoy about thirty works printed by Mario Govino on fine art paper, by maestros, such as Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wollcott and other greats from the US photography scene. These photographs are partly - and this is another message they aim to emphasise - commissioned by government authorities, particularly by the Farm Security Administration, to record the living conditions in rural United States during the New Deal years, n total creative freedom. The photographs form the documentary basis and collection of information to develop plans of action. This is the visual historical memory of a nation, made accessible through digital technology, and now offered in analogue version to be able to grasp the incredible power of these artfully printed photos.
The exhibition opening at 6 pm on December 1, at Expowall Gallery in Via Curtatone 4 will be attended by Ambassador Philip T. Reeker, the United States Consul General in Milan.
Photography exhibition from the digital archive of the New York Public Library under the patronage of the United States Consulate General Milan
curated by Pamela Campaner, Alberto Meomartini, Christiane Bürklein
from 1 to 3 December 2016
Expowall Gallery, Via Curtatone 4, Milan
Images: Courtesy of Expowall Gallery - from the digital archive of the New York Public Library