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Randal Levenson: In Search of the Monkey Girl, and other work
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Joseph Bellows Gallery

9/9/2017 to 10/13/2017
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: Joseph Bellows Gallery
United States

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Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming solo exhibition, In Search of the Monkey Girl and other work, by Randal Levenson. The exhibition will open on September 9th and continue through October 13th, 2017. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Saturday, September 9th, from
6-8pm.

This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will feature photographs selected from three bodies of work: Americana, Mexico, and In Search of the Monkey Girl. The three distinct groupings range from the artist’s vintage black and white photographs from the 1970’s to large-scale color prints from this decade.

In Search of the Monkey Girl will present a selection of vintage black and white prints from the ten years Levenson traveled with various sideshows and carnivals throughout 1970’s. During this period, Levenson captured mesmeric and compassionate portraits of the assorted community of performers and workers. His camera also revealed the surrounding landscape of the midway; views of the exhibit halls, facades with posters announcing the oddities that reside within, and the thrill rides.

The photographs as a whole express the spectacle of a life lived at the margins of society. In 1982, Aperture published a book of this work under the title, In Search of the Monkey Girl, accompanied by a text from Spalding Gray.

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