Darrel Ellis, Untitled (Street Scene), 1987. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm); image, 9 1/2 × 12 1/4 in. (24.1 × 31.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc. in memory of Jon D. Smith Jr. © Estate of Darrel Ellis
Time Management Techniques showcases photography from 1968 to 2019 by artists who examine the medium’s relationship to time. Drawn from the Whitney’s permanent collection, the exhibition features many recent acquisitions alongside works that have never before been exhibited. Despite employing vastly different techniques, aesthetics, and conceptual frameworks, each of the artists 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 linear 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 images 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.
This exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.