Professor Katherine Hubbard‘s work is included in “Time Management Techniques” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition, on view September 24 through January, showcases photography by artists who examined the medium’s relationship to time between 1968 and 2019. Drawn from the Whitney’s permanent collection, the exhibition features many recent acquisitions alongside works that have never before been exhibited. Each of the artists, despite employing vastly different techniques, aesthetics, and conceptual frameworks, works against the immediacy often associated with photography to reflect a passage of time that is slowed down, expanded, or nonlinear.
Some artists—including Darrel Ellis and Muriel Hasbun—employ a personal archive, reaching back into their individual and familial histories to challenge the way these stories are often told. Others use photography for its self-referential properties. Artists such as Blythe Bohnen and Katherine Hubbard record the duration and labor of making photographs, allowing the process to dictate the final form. Corin Hewitt and EJ Hill, among others, consider performance and photography together, using the image to both mark a moment and suggest the countless others that remain uncaptured. By making photographs that reflect on duration, the artists represented in this exhibition reveal time’s slipperiness. They articulate the artificial ways we attempt to divide, mark, and come to terms with time and its passing.
Image: Bend the rays more sharply (Photographic print made from a negative embedded in ice at increments of ten degrees between zero and ninety.) No. 3 of 10, 2016. Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 inches