November 4, 2020

Now through December 12, the public can visit the Center for Book Arts Main Gallery in New York City to see the “Americans Looking In” exhibit co-curated by two SVAD MFA alumni – Emilie Ahern ’11 ’14 MFA and Sherri Littlefield ’12 MFA – that highlights The Americans photograph collection taken by Robert Frank.

The Americans by Robert Frank was a post-war American photography book that was highly influential, and the photos were notable for their distanced view of both high and low strata of American society, creating a complicated portrait of the period.

When forming the “Americans Looking In” exhibition, Ahern and Littlefield spent time reflecting on what it means to be “American.” They presented themselves, artists, editors, leaders and everyday-people with the question – “What is American culture today, and what does an American look like?” Attendees will be asked to consider this same question as they venture through the exhibit.

“This project has taken two years of planning and research, and we’re so excited to bring together so many artists from across the nation into this exhibition,” Littlefield said.

Attendees of the exhibition will also see artwork by Ke Francis, former UCF professor, and E. Brady Robinson, former SVAD faculty, featured.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Reservations can be booked here. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Center for Book Arts website, here.

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