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Jessica Lange speaks with San Diego Union-Tribune about MOPA exhibition

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Jessica Lange: Behind the camera

Actress is looking for the quiet moments in her photos, now on display at MOPA

By James Chute4 P.M.FEB. 13, 2013

As an actor, and more than that, as an acclaimed movie, stage and TV star, Jessica Lange can’t help but bring attention to herself.

The two-time Oscar winner is instantly recognizable for her roles in “Tootsie,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and dozens of other films, TV shows (most recently “American Horror Story”) and stage productions.

But as a photographer, she prefers to be anonymous.

“Kind of the fly on the wall,” Lange said. “As soon as you engage somebody, there’s a shift — even if it’s a subtle shift — either in their consciousness or in their attitude. I love the moments that are unguarded, where the subject is oftentimes unaware of being photographed. So I prefer not to be seen.”

In her own quiet manner, however, Lange is developing a substantial reputation as a photographer, having published two collections of her black-and-white photos (“50 Photographs” in 2008 and “In Mexico” in 2010) with complementary exhibits in the U.S and Europe.

Now, a third, more comprehensive exhibition of her photos, “unseen,” opened this weekend at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, the first showing of “unseen” in the U.S.

“Jessica Lange: unseen”

Where: Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park

When: Through May 19

Admission: $6

Phone: (619) 238-7559

Online:mopa.org

Lange, understandably, is a true believer in the power of pictures.

“I don’t think there’s anything more powerful than imagery,” she said. In an era of digital cameras and cellphones, she continues to shoot in black and white. “It’s reductive in a sense. … And because we’re not seeing in black and white, there’s something that’s startling about it.

“When you look at (Josef) Koudelka’s photos of the Prague Spring, the invasion of 1968, or you look at any of the great photojournalists from Vietnam, I think they changed the world. I truly believe that.”

Lange’s aspirations, however, are considerably more modest. She makes no claim to being a photojournalist, even if her often poignant images have a strong tie to photojournalism.

“Mine are much more personal in a way,” she said.

She briefly studied photography at the University of Minnesota, where she stayed only a semester before leaving for Paris with her soon-to-be husband, photographer Francisco Grande. But she did not seriously consider photography until more than two decades later when her then-partner, Sam Shepard, brought her a Leica camera.

“In the beginning it was about photographing my children,” said Lange, who has a daughter with Mikhail Baryshnikov and a daughter and son with Shepard. “I wanted to have a record of their growing up that was more than just color snapshots. … So I started photographing them and I just started carrying my camera when we would travel.”

With trips to France, Italy, Romania, Russia and Mexico, she soon amassed a body of work that elicited surprisingly strong reactions from the few people she allowed to see it.

“I was completely involved in my work as an actor, and this really was just for myself,” Lange said. “I had no intention of showing my work to anybody, to tell you the truth.

“But little by little, friends would see it, family would see it, somebody would say, ‘Why don’t you show your work? Show your photographs to so and so.’ That’s how this all came about.”

When she’s out with her camera, Lange says she has no preconceptions about what she might shoot. She’s looking for the “drama of the moment,” wherever and whenever that happens.

“A great deal of it has to do with this sense of theater, this sense of staging,” she said. “Obviously, having worked with some of the great cinematographers and seeing how they can prompt emotion through their lighting, and how a director does that through staging, when I see that naturally happening in front of me, those are the moments I want to lift my camera and take the shot.”

Many of those moments have been in Mexico, in particular Oaxaca, a “magical” place where she frequently vacations.

“I arrive in Mexico and it’s thrilling for me to be out on the street with a camera,” she said. “The people know me now. They all kind of look at me curiously. I’m sure they wonder what I’m up to. And yet they are so incredibly kind and generous, just allowing me to photograph them.”

And just allowing her to be anonymous.

Text and image courtesy of San Diego Union-Tribune

Jessica Lange: "unseen" at MOPA, San Diego

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If “Art is what accounts for life, and life, or what gives it meaning, is found everywhere”, as Alfred Stieglitz said, then the pictures of Jessica Lange are fragments, murmurs, with no other aspiration than to make that movement, its curvature, its texture and its musicality visible. That movement is, above all, a continuity, a continuity punctuated by instants, a narration, a story, a story under way, a story just about to be told, a sequence, a silence and those words that are not pronounced.

Somewhere in Mexico, whatever the longitude and latitude, month or year, is where Jessica Lange draws and demarcates the spaces, the scenes, often theatres of the ordinary, where she appears “almost always with no certain objective, with nothing more decisive than the obscure fact that it is there where it will happen” (1).

Her wanderings everywhere and nowhere, when nothing is obvious anymore, guide with indolence her thoughts and look, with no other intention than to be in the world rather than in front of it. Alone.

She avoids the others, first led by the desire of solitude as a sine qua non condition, but also separating herself from him. Those looks that are not exchanged, broken by a mirror, hidden behind a sheet of rain, enveloped by the density of the night, become a sort of abandonment, first of herself and then of the others.

Jessica Lange does not remain in the shadow or in the invisible, but in the unseen. There she is, discreet, delicate. Contemplating. Humble, she hardly touches the world with a faint blind contraction; a fraction of a second, just when space, time and light close around themselves.

And if time in Mexico is an ancestral moment which disturbs or disrupts nothing, dictated by the cycle of light, she accompanies it, with the rhythm of her steps, with the rhythm of aModerato Cantabile barely hummed or murmured, inaudible. Wandering or roaming does not mean suspending or fragmenting time, but avoiding it.

Time stretches, it expands, it sprawls out with all its body. It’s display, it’s undulation, it’s also slowness, contemplation. It’s who keeps images in mind.

Mexico comes to life at twilight, in the half light, in that lapse of time when reality, levelled out under a dazzling bright light, almost burnt in its whiteness, gets its breath back, exultant. Anthracite grey shadows appear under shapes of growing volume towards the deepest blackness.

Lovers meet in front of the Church of Santo Domingo, the dances in the Zócalo square swirl endlessly to the sound of trumpets and tabors.

The circus announces its parades.

It’s night time, bodies unite, they throw themselves at each other, become entangled or abandon themselves like choreographies led by an invisible hand. She’s the one who orchestrates them.Through her movements, she invokes coincidence and the image appears.

Jessica Lange reveals what escapes, outlines the imperceptible and brings the light of the shadows to the surface of the night, like a painter does with the shapes of his model.

The depth of the blacks, the whites that crack like a whip in the air, the voluptuous, sensual, floating materials, the smell of nightfall, the commotion of popular music. The image is invaded with black, the grain explodes and the lines fade. The screen’s fabric tightens.

These unexpected sequences are a stroll through Jessica Lange’s diary of impressions.

ANNE MORIN

Image and text courtesy of diChroma Photography.

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Jessica Lange at the Museum of Photographic Arts

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Jessica Lange: unseen

9 Feb, 2013 - 19 May, 2013

© Jessica Lange / Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica.

Jessica Lange has maintained a career as a fine art photographer for nearly two decades, alongside her work as an acclaimed actress. As a photographer, Lange documents diverse cultures from regional and international travels. Alternately comforting and disquieting, the artist’s striking and unexpected photographs possess a kind of moody mystery that is appropriately cinematic. MOPA is pleased to present the first United States exhibition of Jessica Lange’s mid-career retrospective unseen.The exhibition gathers work from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States.

Text courtesy of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA).

Jessica Lange at the Museum of Photographic Arts

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Jessica Lange: Unseen

9 Feb, 2013 - 19 May, 2013

Jessica Lange has maintained a career as a fine art photographer for nearly two decades, alongside her work as an acclaimed actress. As a photographer, Ms. Lange documents diverse cultures from regional and international travels. Alternately comforting and disquieting, the artist’s striking and unexpected photographs possess a kind of moody mystery that is appropriately cinematic. MOPA is pleased to present the first United States exhibition of Jessica Lange’s mid-career retrospectiveUNSEEN. The exhibition gathers work from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States.

Text and image courtesy of Museum of Photographic Arts.

The Lucie Awards

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Jessica Lange

2012 Honoree: Double Exposure Award

Lange has always been drawn to photographs, “I remember going through boxes of photographs, even as a child, and being intrigued by them – that ability to capture a fleeting instant on film as a record of time and space.” In 1967, Lange won a scholarship to study photography at the University of Minnesota.  However, feeling dissatisfied, she left for Paris in the middle of her first semester.

There she spent time with artists and photographers, among them Robert Frank and Danny Lyons, but felt that she didn’t have the same drive or passion for the medium at the time as her peers did. Lange only rediscovered her passion in the early 90’s when she received a Leica as a gift. She has been taking pictures ever since.

What began as a way to document her family grew into a document of 15 years of travel around the globe.  From the Yucatan to Russia to Scandinavia; from Minnesota to Romania to Ethiopia, Lange’s images are both cinematic and traditional documentations of a time and place. Although her subjects range from the traditional American carnival to an isolated train track buried in snow, again and again, you have the feeling that “light” is the true subject of her pictures.

Beginning with the lead role in the 1976 remake of King Kong, Jessica Lange has had a rich film career that includes Bob Rafelson’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Sydney Pollack’s  Tootsie, Graeme Clifford’s  Frances, Tony Richardson’s  Blue Sky, and Julie Taymor’s Titus, among others. She has also earned acclaim for her stage work, including Broadway and West End productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Long Day’s Journey into Night, and  The Glass Menagerie. Lange was a recent Emmy award recipient for Grey Gardens, and her current project, American Horror Story: Asylum continues this year.

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Jessica Lange shows work at the Niemeyer Center in Avilés, Spain

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The Niemeyer Center in Avilés (Spain), in collaboration with diCHromA Photography (Madrid) and thanks to the courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery (New York), presents for the first time in Spain the exhibition Unseen, from the actress and photographer Jessica Lange The exhibition collects 78 photographs (12 of them, contacts), all taken during the last twenty years, in two series: “Things I See” and “On scene – Unseen, Mexican Suites.” Produced by diCHromA Photography, and curated by Anne Morin, the exhibition will be hold at the Centro Niemeyer, from september 10th until november 27th, 2011. Jessica Lange will be present the opening day. In 1967, Jessica Lange won a scholarship at the University of Minnesota to study photography, but the ups and downs of student life carried her to Spain and then to Paris, where she prefered the drama to his photographic practice. At that moment started her acting career, which led her to become the star of iconic titles in film history and to receive two Oscar as best actress for her performances in Tootsie, in 1983 and Blue Sky, in 1995. But until the early nineties (when Sam Shepard gave her a Leica M6), Jessica Lange didn’t retake her photographic activity, and then taking her pictures during his travels. United States, France, Finland and Italy are among the countries that she traveled, although she shows a special fondness for Mexico, "with its lights and big nights," as she says.

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The Polk Museum of Art To Showcase Jessica Lange in Mexico

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Jessica Lange in Mexico

Lakeland, FL.- The Polk Museum of Art will display photographs from Jessica Lange’s Mexico portfolio in a new exhibition, “Jessica Lange: In Mexico,” which will run from September 17th through December 10th. Throughout the recent decades, as photography has been thrust onto the scene as a legitimate art form, photographers have increasingly defined themselves more personally. In Jessica Lange’s photography, art lovers witness a fusion of intimacy and curiosity. Far from reputations as mere journalists or commercial sentimentalists, photographers have become the eyes of the art world and the bridge between manual creation and technological production, and Lange is no exception.

She focuses on the personal side of contemporary photography. Although the images are unmistakably Mexican, this portfolio showcases more than glimpses into another culture; Lange successfully uses a photographer’s sensibilities to conjure a broad representation of her own experience.

Jessica Lange, a critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning actress, studied art at the University of Minnesota before launching a modeling and acting career. Her movie credits include “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky,” both of which earned her an Academy Award. She also has won four Golden Globes and an Emmy. In addition, she has received much attention in the art community of late as an emerging photographer and previously exhibited at the George Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography. More recently, her photographs were exhibited at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Centro Niemeyer in Mexico City. The exhibition will be celebrated at a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 16th, at the Museum.

Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. It was originally established by the Junior Welfare League in 1966 and called the Imperial Youth Museum. The museum was renamed Polk Public Museum in 1969 as part of its expanded focus on art, history, and science. The museum's current name was adopted as part of its first building campaign in the 1980s. The museum currently displays art from the Pre-Columbian era through the contemporary, featuring hundreds of works each year in a variety of exhibits. These exhibits often revolve around a central theme or idea and link artworks from the ancient past with those of modern artists. Polk Museum boasts a permanent collection of over 2,500 works and a number of traveling exhibits which provide diverse displays that include American folk art, modern masters, japanese prints and textiles, african art, a permanent Pre-Columbian display, and much more. Visit the museum's website at ... www.PolkMuseumofArt.org.

Jessica Lange estará en El Centro Niemeyer

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AVILÉS: Jessica Lange estará en El Centro Niemeyer

El Centro Niemeyer, en colaboración con diChroma Photography (Madrid) y por cortesía de la Howard Greenberg Gallery (Nueva York), acogerá a partir del sábado 10 de  septiembre, día de la inauguración, la exposición ‘Unseen’, de la actriz y fotógrafa estadounidense Jessica Lange. La artista inaugurará oficialmente la muestra a las 19.00 horas.

La exposición reúne 78 fotografías, de las que doce son hojas de contactos, tomadas durante estos últimos veinte años, y se articula en dos series: ‘Things I See’ y ‘On scene – Unseen, Mexican Suites’.

La exposición se abrirá al público a partir del próximo domingo, 11 de septiembre, y las entradas estarán disponibles en las taquillas del Centro y a través del servicio TiquExpress de Cajastur.

Según informa el Centro, el precio de la entrada es de 3 Euros (50 por ciento de descuento a mayores de 65 años. Niños menores de 12 años, acompañados de un adulto, entrada gratuita). La exposición tendrá lugar en el Foyer del Auditorio del Centro Niemeyer, en el siguiente horario: de martes a domingo de 11.00 a 15.00 horas y de 17.00 a 21.00 horas.

Jessica Lange - In Mexico special limited edition book and print

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Jessica Lange In Mexico Limited edition book with print Gelatin Silver Print 10 x 7.5 inches

Print signed and numbered by the artist on recto Printed under the direct supervision of the artist in 2010 In a limited edition of thirty with five artist proofs Slipcase

Co published by Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. RM, Mexico. ROSEGALLERY, Los Angeles.

1st 10 copies priced at $950

Neither tourist nor native, Jessica Lange relied on an outsider's viewpoint of navigating these seemingly familiar places in Mexico, through the daily routine of people making their momentary passages through them: cafes, boulevards, carnivals, brocades of nearly empty seats. It is a location of hints and guesses, and humanity.

Following the transitions of days into nights, the primary concern of Lange’s In Mexico reveals itself in all its Joycean proportions, in transit—the order of life is best observed from the sidelong glance of the periphery. Her images are accompanied by text by Julio Trujillo.

In Mexico. Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange Julio Trujillo RM + RoseGallery + Howard Greenberg Gallery Clothbound 96 pages 44 photographs 7.5 x 10 in Design: David Kimura + Gabriela Varela Spanish Edition ISBN 978-607-7515-67-8 ISBN RMV: 978-84-92480-97-5 English Edition ISBN RMV: 978-84-92480-98-2 ISBN 978-607-7515-68-5