Sharon Lockhart

Published by Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 2001

Sharon Lockhart's photographs and films frame the quiet moments and details of everyday life while exploring the subtle relationships between photography and cinema. Much of her photographic work over the past six years has relied on the staging of scenes characteristic of filmmaking; her work has also investigated issues of time, sequence, and narrative in a manner reminiscent of conceptual art. Lockhart's films emphasize the photographic basis of the moving image, often using a fixed perspective to capture unexpected movements and human reactions in a given situation. This catalogue documents the largest and most significant solo exhibition of Lockhart's work in an American museum to date, and focuses on Lockhart's photographic and cinematic work since 1994, including her major film projects Goshogaoka(1997) and Teatro Amazonas(1999). Also featured are essays by curator Dominic Molon and art historian Norman Bryson, focusing on Lockhart's rereading of conceptual photography, and her complex approach to narrative and the gaze, respectively.