John Albok: A Compassionate Vision
Thursday, February 6
6:00 - 7:00 pm
In Conjunction with the Exhibition
John Albok's Neighborhood
Through February 23, 2014
Hungarian-born photographer John Albok survived hardships. He survived the Great War that took his father and sister by starvation, the Great Depression, and the Second World War. No stranger to difficult times his work celebrates the beauty in live's more intimate moments. Albok worked for 60 years and photographed soulful moments that, unlike the work of his peers which engaged a sense of "otherness," were inclusive and even familial. It was as if Albok found a way to preserve an elemental humanity in his instants. His frames still animate us and allow connections between subjects and subjects and viewers to transcend time and the frame. In100 of a Second, Central Park 1943 we laugh and even jolt at the image of a middle aged woman in a hat who conceals treats from a squirrel on her shoulder. In From a Gentler Time, 1934 we hear the tune in the air around a guitar circle and find ourselves seated among the audience. We also find ourselves standing among young boys on street parade- makeshift box-drum and improvised flag in their hands; beside a furloughed soldier who rests in the park with a seeping infant in his arms; or next in line to ride after two girls in a bumper-car at an amusement park. We know these moments, their joy and laughter, their poetry and symbolism. Albok's frames are loose and relatable yet still profound; they hold precious moments of a collective past.
This exhibition features 25 rare vintage photographs by the artist; these works were donated by the Artist's daughter and span the years 1932 - 1945.
To learn more about the exhibition, please visit the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
More on the talk here.
The talk is free and open to the public.