Deconstruction / Reconstruction: The Transformation of Photographic Information into Metaphor
July 12 – September 18 1980
“Deconstruction / Reconstruction” was organized for The New Museum by critic and art historian Shelley Rice. The nine artists whose work was included in this exhibition presented new ways of using photographic images to depict modern life. Each artist “deconstructed” photographic images by removing them from their normal visual contexts and primary roles as sources of information and presented them instead as fragments of visions, and symbols of the artists’ personal explorations. The artists then “reconstructed” these photographic symbols into a larger frameworks which both altered and expanded upon the meaning inherent to the individual photographs.