Bringing together forty leading American photographers, America in Crisis explores social change in the US from the 1960s to today, through over 120 works. The exhibition has been organised by Saatchi Gallery and curated by Sophie Wright and Gregory Harris from Atlanta’s High Museum of Art with LA-based photographer and academic Tara Pixley.
Originally a collective initiative conceived under the aegis of Magnum Photos in 1969 to assess the state of the nation, America in Crisis proved to be ground-breaking, and led by American photographer Charles Harbutt and Lee Jones, then Magnum’s New York bureau chief, the project trained a critical eye on the country at a time of great social, political and cultural change, chronicling key events in 1968 leading up to Nixon’s inauguration. This exhibition seeks to create a dialogue between the original historical photographs from that time and works produced fifty years later by practitioners, during the tumult of contemporary America, comprising work by leading US photographers including Bruce Davidson, Kris Graves and Mary Ellen Mark.
There will be a series of Saatchi Lates: details and dates on the Gallery’s website. Admission is £5; walk-ins welcome but pre-booking is advised.