“How We Remember”: The Frost Museum Exhibition Making Photographs into Memories

The Frost Art Museum's How We Remember exhibition | Angela Alvarez, PantherNOW

Angela Alvarez | Staff Writer 

The Frost Museum’s “How We Remember” exhibition by various artists captures ephemeral moments and preserves them as lasting memories.

The artworks chosen for this exhibition express the artists’ wishes to save fleeting memories of life’s in-between moments as the medium of photography develops.

“This exhibition is an opportunity to highlight two artists represented in our collection,” said Amy Galpin, the chief curator of the Frost Museum. “We wanted to highlight the medium of photography… as well as recent gifts to the collection,” said Galpin. 

“We chose the theme of memory as it came from the works themselves… and is a powerful point of connection for many visitors.” 

The exhibition opens with a series of photographs captured by photographer Joel Meyerowitz of New York in the days following the September 11 Twin Towers disaster in 2001. His photos demonstrated the city skyline as well as the massive amount of debris still in the city.

Meyerowitz’ photographs displayed in the exhibition capture people’s emotional complexities in the days that followed the horrific incident.

As a resident of lower Manhattan, Meyerowitz wanted to record the carnage happening near his home at the time.

Joel Meyerowitz, #48) George Reilly (Ret. St.), Chromogenic print, 2002, FIU 2023.4.6 |  Angela Alvarez, PantherNOW

Ruth Orkin captured several locations, like New York, Italy, Paris, and Tel Aviv, in a natural and open style.

Throughout her career, Orkin pursued documentary photography in the US and Europe. She is most known for her street life images from Italy and New York City, where she immigrated in 1943. 

Orkin frequently found inspiration in the crowded streets of New York. She took many pictures out of the window of her flat, enjoying the perspective of a bird’s eye view. 

She also captured many everyday scenes, like two young couples strolling by Central Park and Lincoln Center, two well-known locations in New York. 

In her work, Orkin moves her camera away from well-known locations and instead focuses on the passing moments of daily life. 

Ruth Orkin, New York (C.P.W), Gelatin silver print, 1974, Gift of the Collection of Jeffrey Hugh Newman, FIU 2019.12.14 |  Angela Alvarez, PantherNOW 

In Liberty City and nearby communities, Roscoè B. Thické reacts to the ephemeral moments of life with family and friends, capturing the joy and vigor of youth with his artwork.

“My work is inspired by themes of family… and the intimacies of life,” says Thické. 

“The message behind my work is to cherish the people and things in your life… The reality we know today could soon become a distant memory.”

Roscoè B. Thické, Ball is Life, Archival Pigment Ink on Hahnemühle Fine Art Satin Baryta Paper, 2016 |  Angela Alvarez, PantherNOW  

The private, heartfelt account of Christine Cortes’s trip back to Colombia shows calm times of labor and rest. 

On a recent trip to Colombia, Cortes concentrated on the kids in this picture, who were going through the upheaval of leaving their homes and starting over. 

His strategy alternates between proximity and distance. Some of his artworks are made with plexiglass, which is an exciting take on photography. 

Christine Cortes, Niñez campesina, Restrepo, Colombia Archival Pigment Ink on Hahnemühle Fine Art Satin Baryta Paper, 2020 | Angela Alvarez, PantherNOW 

The exhibition features a variety of subjects and photographic techniques, ranging from Orkin’s conventional gelatin silver prints to Cortes’ investigation of the medium printed on plexiglass. 

How We Remember examines the ability of photography to capture the essence of interpersonal connections in and extraordinary events like September 11th as well as in everyday life. 

The How We Remember exhibition is open until September 12, 2023. 

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