Opening Reception: March 13th, 6 – 8 PM
Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011 (click here for more information)
Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to announce its representation of the estate of Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) with the exhibition Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death. Curated by Liebling’s daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling, the show includes both early vintage photographs and later large-scale prints in black and white and color. Spanning six decades, the 75 photographs in the show comprise a retrospective of selected works that explore the themes of youth, maturity, and death.
Liebling’s images capture unguarded intimacy on both sides of the lens. He reveled in subjects and places where fortitude battled against decay. “My sympathies have always been with the everyday people; they are the center of my photography,” Liebling said. “There is a sublime and special respect that is ordinary, but which I think I sometimes push to heights of importance.” Former student Ken Burns called Liebling “a fierce warrior, insisting on a kind of justice, a kind of truth, and an utterly American vitality. He saw in every individual his or her own worth.”
Liebling’s body of work defies easy categorization. He was in his element in both color and black and white; at home on New York City streets or in Massachusetts apple orchards. In his last years, Liebling used digital printing with the deftness and refinement of a master to create new interpretations of his most iconic images. “Liebling’s large-scale photographs are revelatory,” wrote Boston Globe critic Mark Feeney. “Monumental but not overbearing, these pictures are hard to imagine as having been any other size.” Many have never been exhibited until now.
Jerome Liebling grew up in Brooklyn, a first-generation son of European immigrants. During World War II, Liebling served in the 82nd Airborne. He enlisted to fight for a cause he believed in but returned from military service with a staunch anti-war sentiment that endured his entire lifetime. Back home, he enrolled at Brooklyn College under the G.I. Bill and studied design with the painter Ad Reinhardt and photography with Walter Rosenblum.
In 1948, Liebling joined the Photo League, a socially minded photographers’ cooperative, where, along with Paul Strand, W. Eugene Smith and Aaron Siskind, he took to the streets to focus his lens on undocumented corners of urban life.
At Hampshire College, where he taught from 1969 to 1989, Liebling’s educational philosophy had a powerful impact on generations of photographers and filmmakers. The story of his influences was the subject of a New York Times feature by Randy Kennedy in 2006.
Jerome Liebling’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among many others.
Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death will be on view March 13th – April 19th, 2014. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information about the exhibition and all other general inquiries, please contact Maya Piergies, 212 966 3978, email@example.com
A Walk Through Holyoke – 1982
Exhibit Opening Benefit:
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 5:30-8:30
Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns to Give Introductory Remarks at 6:30
Residents of the Pioneer Valley and Beyond:
Please join the Holyoke Public Library and the City of Holyoke for the opening of this never-before-seen collection of classic images from one of our nation’s great photographers. Your presence at the historic opening night benefit gala will support the completion of a new 21st Century Library and Learning Facility for the people of Holyoke and the region.
April 4th-7th: on view at Open Square Gallery, Mill 4
April 9th-27th: on view at the Holyoke Public Library at City Hall & Wistariahurst Museum
Each premium benefit gala ticket holder will receive a limited-edition (limited to attendants and supporters of this event) embossed and stamped original poster of Young Women and Baby (above). Estimated value is more than the price of admission.
Light food and beverages provided
Premium tickets: $100.
To purchase premium tickets please click here or call 413-322-5636. General admission tickets will be available at a reduced price starting March 18th, subject to availability.
Jerome Liebling Photographs on display at Hampshire College’s Liebling Center
Date: June 8 – 10, 2012
Gallery hours: TBD
Memorial service for Jerome Liebling
Sunday, June 10, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Hampshire College’s Robert Crown Center
Reception will follow in the Liebling Center
Click here for more information: http://www.hampshire.edu/news/Jerome-Liebling-Photography-Exhibition-Memorial.htm
Hampshire College invites the public to a tribute exhibition of Jerome Liebling photographs. Twenty-seven monumental images—many are over three feet wide—are on display in the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video on campus through November 8.
The photographs are from the last exhibition Liebling curated of his own work, a summer 2010 show, “Capturing the Human Spirit,” at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.
Renowned photographer Liebling teamed up with master printer Jonathan Singer of Boston, using digital printing techniques to create these exceptional images from black-and-white and color-film negatives dating from 1947 to 1996. Details and definition are revealed in the monumental photographs that were hidden in prints one quarter their size.
On Sunday, October 30, the life and work of Jerome Liebling will be celebrated at a public memorial service at 1 p.m. in Hampshire’s Robert Crown Center. A reception will follow in the Liebling Center.
Liebling, who passed away July 27 at age 87, was among the founding professors of Hampshire College. He joined the faculty in 1969, before the College opened in fall 1970, and taught at Hampshire until his retirement in 1990.
His name graces the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video—a centerpiece of the Hampshire College campus—because he was as gifted and influential as a teacher and mentor as he was as a photographer and filmmaker.
An event page has been set up on Facebook to enable friends and former students to share messages, information, and tributes with one another and with Liebling’s family as part of his memorial. Facebook page >>
A number of other displays of his work are on view in the Five College area and nationally:
- The Mead Museum of Amherst College has a tribute exhibition through October 30 of nine Liebling photographs from their permanent collection. More >>
- Smith College’s Art Museum has a tribute exhibition of 20 Liebling works from their permanent collection. More >>
- The Emily Dickinson Museum plans to exhibit selections from Liebling’s work to coincide with celebration of the poet’s birthday in December. More >>
- The Museum of Modern Art is currently exhibiting Liebling works from their permanent collection. More >>
- Three Liebling photographs will show at The Jewish Museum in New York City as part of “The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951,” running November 4, 2011, through March 25, 2012. More >>
- Liebling will be included in a memorial tribute at the Lucie Awards celebration of master photographers at Lincoln Center Ross Theater on October 24. More >>
- Two Liebling photographs are part of a show at the Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, New York City, through October 26. More >>
For more information visit: http://www.hampshire.edu/news/in-memoriam-jerome-liebling.htm
Jerome Liebling, 87, internationally renowned photographer, filmmaker and teacher, died of cancer Wednesday, July 27th at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA. He inspired generations of students with his humanitarian vision expressed through the media of photography and film. He received many honors and awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships, and his work is in the permanent collections of many prominent museums including the Museum of Modern of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA. In recent years Liebling has had exhibitions of his work at The Yale University Art Gallery, The Smith College Museum of Art and The Currier Museum of Art. He published numerous books of his work including The Dickinsons of Amherst, The People, Yes, and Jerome Liebling Photographs.
Born in New York City on April 16th 1924, Liebling was the son of Morris and Sarah (Goodman) Liebling. He was raised in Brooklyn the youngest of three boys. His brothers David and Stanley pre-deceased him. Liebling enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, served in the 82nd Airborne Division and saw combat in Europe and North Africa. As a result of his military experiences, Liebling became staunchly anti-war.
After WWII, under the GI Bill, Liebling studied photography with Walter Rosenblum at Brooklyn College and filmmaking at the New School for Social Research. In the late 1940s he was a member of the Photo League in New York City where he worked with the some of the most noted documentary photographers of the era. The Photo League was a cooperative of photographers with common artistic and social sensibilities. Throughout his life Liebling had a deep concern for social justice and human rights.
In 1949, Liebling established the film and photography program at the University of Minnesota. The same year, he married Phyllis Levine of Brooklyn, NY. They later divorced. In Minnesota he collaborated on several award winning documentary films with colleague Allen Downs. In 1969, Liebling founded the Film and Photography program of then new Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. He taught there for 20 years, inspiring a new generation of photographers and filmmakers.
Liebling is survived by his wife, Rebecca Nordstrom, and children: Madeline Liebling of Shelburne Falls, MA, Tina Liebling (Mark Liebow) of Rochester, MN, Adam Liebling of Cambridge, MA, Daniella Liebling (James Lane) of Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Jane Liebling of Brooklyn, NY, and grandchildren: Gabriel Liebling Vigh, David Liebow, Hannah Liebow, Samuel Liebow, and Nathaniel Xavier Liebling. A memorial service will be held in the fall.
Exhibition at Currier Museum of Art
June 19, 2010 – September 19, 2010
Manchester, New Hampshire
Stay tuned for more details…
Where: Smith College Museum of Art
When: June 13 – August 12, 2008
Smith College Museum of Art
Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063
Where: Yale University Art Gallery
When: May 23 – September 7, 2008
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street (at York Street)
New Haven, CT 06520
Exhibition features about 50 photographs by the artist exploring a wide variety of themes including social-documentary photographs of people and places, poetic images of the relics and physical remnants of literary figures and photographs of mannequins and corpses.
Where: The Howard Greenberg Gallery
When: June 15th through August 17th, 2007
Howard Greenberg Gallery
The Fuller Building
41 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
October 19, 2006 – Museum of Television and Radio
A special tribute to Jerome Liebling, hosted by Ken Burns, will be part of the Museum of Television & Radio’s seventh annual documentary festival in New York City. The tribute to Liebling on October 19 at 7 p.m. will include a panel with Liebling, Burns (72F), Karen Goodman (72F), Roger Sherman (73S), Kirk Simon (72F), Buddy Squires (74F), Amy Stechler (73F), and other special guests.
In addition to his own creative work as one of the nation’s finest still photographers and as a filmmaker, Jerry Liebling, professor emeritus, is revered at Hampshire College as a teacher of film and photography. Many alums of Hampshire say he was directly responsible for their own highly successful careers in photography and film.
The panel at this event will pay tribute to the man whose classes helped his students “see” the photograph, ultimately changing the direction of the American documentary in the eighties and beyond. A special treat: not only will the panelists speak about their years at Hampshire College in the seventies, but they will also screen their student films made for Professor Liebling.
Thirty-one years after graduating from Hampshire, Ken Burns says, “I still feel his influence daily.” Burns describes Florentine Films, which is celebrating its own thirtieth anniversary this year, as born out of the idea of Hampshire Films, a program established by Liebling to enable his students to show their work to the community and view themselves as professional filmmakers even as students. “This is an extremely special event,” Burns said, “I would encourage everyone within the Hampshire community who can attend to go and celebrate Jerry’s remarkable career and his positive influence over so many of our lives, both personally and professionally.”
There are three easy ways to order tickets: online at http://www.mtr.org ; by telephone at 212.621.6600 (dial 0 for operator) Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m.; or by visiting the Museum of Television & Radio (25 West 52 Street), where tickets for all events are available at the front desk.
Friday, April 23 — Saturday, April 24, 2004
Amherst, MA 01002
Weekend activities to include:
- Photography exhibit highlighting recent work by Jerome Liebling
- Screening of the 2004 Alumni Reel
- 1970s-era student films and more
- Workshops facilitated by alumni
- Gala naming of The Jerome Liebling Center and announcement of expanded facilities for film, video, and photography
For more information contact Kimberlee Cook at 413.559.5574 or kbcook @ hampshire.edu