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9/28, Michael Jang's California
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Nancy Tubbs

September 22, 2019    

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents:

Michael Jang's California

On view September 27, 2019 - January 18, 2020; Opening Reception Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 5pm, San Francisco


On view September 27, 2019-January 18, 2020 at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 'Michael Jang's California' explores the artist's career as a portrait and street photographer in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. 'Michael Jang's California' is the artist's first retrospective exhibition, assembling dozens of vintage and contemporary prints from seminal projects as well as notebooks and ephemera expanding on his photographic process to offer a rare, immersive journey through Jang's career. The exhibition is curated by Sandra S. Phillips, SFMOMA curator emerita of photography. An opening reception takes place Saturday, September 28, 5-8pm.

While Jang has had a significant career as a professional portrait photographer, he has also been photographing people in the streets for over fifty years. As a student at California Institute of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute, he demonstrated an uncanny ability to capture both the idiosyncratic and the quintessential in a wide range of subjects, from his own family at home in suburbia to celebrities partying at the Beverly Hilton. This survey spans the entirety of the Jang's output; from his student work in the 1970s to commercial headshots of aspiring TV weather reporters in the 1980s, to his series on teenage garage bands in the early 2000s.

A selection of photographs from the McEvoy Family Collection situates Jang's work among his major influences; Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand. The complementary installation references the Museum of Modern Art's famous 1967 'New Documents' exhibition while exploring a thoroughly modern approach to street photography.

Michael Jang's work is featured in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown; the New York Public Library; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Jang received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

On view September 27, 2019 - January 18, 2020; Opening Reception Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 5pm

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
1150 25th St., Building B
San Francisco, CA, 94107

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Phone: 415-580-7605
Contact: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

About McEvoy Foundation for the Arts:
The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) presents exhibitions and events that engage, expand, and challenge themes in the McEvoy Family Collection. Established in 2017, MFA's vision is to create an open, intimate, and welcoming setting for private contemplation and community discussion about art and culture.
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