Everson Museum of Art

Syracuse, NY



Larry Clark: Tulsa at Everson Museum of Art


Untitled from Tulsa Series, 1980, Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches, collection of Everson Museum of art, photo by Hugh Tifft

Larry Clark: Tulsa, an exhibition of works from photographer Larry Clark's Tulsa Series, will open at the Everson Museum of Art on April 10, 1999 and remain on view through June 13, 1999. This exhibition provides the culmination to a three-part education project that began in September between the Everson, Corcoran High School AIDS Community Resources, and Light Work Community Darkrooms.

The exhibition will include thirty of the fifty photographs in the Tulsa Series.. Taken over a period of nine years, these black and white photographs document Larry Clark's journey back to his birthplace, Tulsa, Oklahoma. His return is not just to a particular geographic site, but to the drug culture of his youth. From 1961 to 1971, in a double role as witness and participant, Clark photographically recorded a Middle American nether world defined by amphetamine addiction. The photographs are a record of the activities of people he knew well, most of whom are now dead.

This exhibition of the Tulsa photographs and its accompanying programs, is meant to foster dialogue about the critical social issues surrounding AIDS, drugs, and human sexuality. The education project began in September with an artist's residency at Corcoran High School led by artist Josepha Mulaire. Students studied Larry Clark's photographs and learned how to shoot, process, and print their own photographs to reflect the experiences in their own lives. An artist's book that includes the students' photographs and narratives about the residency will be included in the Everson exhibition. The actual photographs, Looking at Ourselves will be on display at Light Work Gallery on the Syracuse University Campus April 14 through May 7. There will be a reception for the artists on May 6 from 6 to 8 pm in the Community Darkroom.

The second phase of the project began in February, when the students began training as docents (tour guides) for the exhibition. In a series of five workshops, the students are learning about the role of a decent; HIV and AIDS awareness; how to utilize Visual Thinking Strategies, a developmentally-based approach to understanding the visual arts; and how to incorporate their own personal experiences with the project into their tours. Students will practice their tours with the Everson's regular docent corps on Monday, April 12 at the museum and will then be scheduled to conduct tours of the exhibition. These tours, by high school students for high school students, will be offered to high schools throughout Onondaga County.

Additionally, a gallery talk on the exhibition and education project will be given by Allison Graff, coordinator of youth programs, on Thursday, May 13 at 12 noon. This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional funding has been provided by the Mutual of New York Foundation.

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