New Media Series—William E. Jones: "Killed"
February 8-April 28, 2013
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To create this 2009 video, "Killed", Los-Angeles based artist William E. Jones selected never used photographs from the archives of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), the New Deal agency founded to aid American farmers during the Great Depression. The video's arresting title originates from a practice used by Roy E. Stryker, the government official who led and managed this documentary project for the FSA. When Stryker found a shot that did not measure up to his exacting standards, he punched a hole in the negative, destroying the photograph and classifying the image as "killed."
Adjacent to Gallery 301, the Museum will exhibit three photographs by Marion Post Wolcott, Ben Shahn and Russell Lee. These images, which are part of the museum's collection, were accepted by Stryker and included in the FSA project.
Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, "Killed" will be on view in Gallery 301 from February 8 through April 28, 2013.