Danny Lyon
Message to the future
at Whitney Museum

New York,
17 June – 25 September, 2016

The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present Danny Lyon: Message to the Future, the first comprehensive retrospective of the career of Danny Lyon (american, born 1942) to be presented in 25 years. The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and will premiere at the Whitney this summer. The Whitney has long championed Lyon’s work and is thrilled to present this retrospective which encompasses more than half a century of important work.
The exhibition, that includes 175 photographs and related films and ephemera, highlights Lyon’s engagement with social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by many to be marginal to society. Since the early 1960’s, Lyon’s photographs and films have transformed conventional notions of America upside down and given voice to those who might otherwise have gone unheard. According to Julian Cox, chief curator and founding curator of photography at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Danny Lyon’s dedication to his art and his conviction to express and produce work supported by strong ethical and ideological motivations distinguish him from many of his peers, as an extremely relevant figure in the context of American street photography movement of the 1960s. It’s the intimacy he was able to create with his subjects and his restless inventiveness that characterized him as the one who provided an alternative vision to the bland one of American life often depicted by the mass media.

 

 

 

“I WANT TO GET CLOSE TO PEOPLE. NOT JUST PHYSICALLY CLOSE,
EMOTIONALLY CLOSE, ALL OF IT.” – DANNY LYON