ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum will open the second annual Arnold Newman Prize winner exhibition, “Jason Larkin: Past Perfect” Saturday, July 2. The exhibition will run through Nov. 27.
Judged as a separate category in the Photo District News Photo annual competition, the Arnold Newman Prize recognizes an individual for his or her innovative approach to photographic portraiture and awards the individual $15,000 and an exhibition of his or her work at the Farnsworth. This year’s judges for the Newman Prize included TIME Magazine Deputy Photo Editor Paul Moakley, Vanity Fair magazine Photo Director Susan White and Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky.
The exhibition will focus on Larkin’s winning image series, “Past Perfect,” which examines how the museums of Egypt use different styles of curating to present exhibits depicting the past to contemporary audiences. “The museum,” Larkin said, “an institution to preserve and interpret the material evidence of the human race, has a long history springing from an innate human desire to collect and interpret the world around us. By deciding how the past is presented and memorialized, museums not only preserve the past, they also play an important role in the construction of our ideologies, identities, and the understanding and interpretation of our selves.”
“Having spent my entire professional life working in and traveling to art museums across the United States and Europe, I am intrigued by the subject of Jason Larkin’s ‘Past Perfect’ photographs,” said Komanecky. “What his photographs also suggest is how museums create, consciously or unconsciously, narratives that affect their visitors and staffs alike.”
Larkin, born in 1979, received a bachelor’s degree in photography with honors from Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, and a master’s degree in photojournalism at Westminster University, London. A resident of London, he has shown and published his work extensively in his native England and has exhibited his work in Berlin, Toronto, Cairo and Dubai. His photographs have appeared in periodicals and newspapers throughout Europe and the United States. In 2010, Larkin was one of 35 British photographers selected by the Magenta Foundation for a Flash Forward award. Other recent accolades include a 2010 Open Here photography grant from the Hereford Photography Festival in the U.K.
For more information, visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/.