January – March, 2014.
“History Recast” offers a close examination of the relationship between photography and Roman sculpture in contemporary art. Revisiting the claim made by French critic André Malraux in 1947 that the history of art—in particular sculpture—had become “the history of that which can be photographed,” this exhibition explores how artists today no longer use the camera simply to document sculpture. Instead, they embrace photography to create new visions of iconic objects that call into question how we view our heritage, our systems of knowledge, and ourselves. The exhibition focuses on photographs of objects located in and around Rome, the city’s museums, or collections abroad, casting new light on the Eternal City as a laboratory in which to excavate the past, as well as our lived experience of history.