William Eggleston, Democratic Camera 1961-2008
This is the guy who changed color photography as we know it by treating every place and every mundane thing as a possible subject -- hence the democratic camera. Raised in the South and admired for his southernness, Eggleston set up camp in New York, but never cut his ties with the scene in and around Memphis. See evidence of southern seventies-style grittiness (transvestites, Quaalude, etc.) in his full-length video, Stranded in Canton, also on display in this retrospective (see screening times here).
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., (212) 570-3600. Nov. 7-Jan. 25, 2009.
Ari Marcopoulos, Fear God
Marcopoulos is known for documenting the street. These new photographs and a web cam videos include keyed up teenagers -- underground youth is his specialty -- hip hop, gang signs, Tupac, tattoos and graffiti. Photocopied and blown up to poster size, Fear God captures the details of a culture sometimes overlooked.
The Project Midtown, 37 W. 57th St., 3rd Fl., (212) 688-1589. 6–8 p.m. Through Dec. 19.
Present Perfect Continuous
Although it sounds like a nightmare of a grammar lesson, this exhibition is the work of eight emerging migrant artists (who have possibly had the displeasure of learning the dreaded present perfect continuous upon their move). Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations and collages (and a little nostalgia) provide a personal historical narrative of these artists; while their pasts did not begin on the streets of New York, they express how they’ll navigate this strange, strange land in order to fit in.
NURTUREart, 910 Grand St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 782-7755. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7-Dec. 13.