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Acknowledge Loss


Paris. The Big Pond in the Tuileries André Kertész, 1963

André Kertész

Gelatin silver print 

8 x 9 15/16 in 

Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Rogovin)

© Estate of André Kertész

Text by Shengyuan Liu

Paris. The Big Pond in the Tuileries, 1963

Image Description: 

A few empty chairs were left unorganized by the Big Pond in the Tuileries, a public garden located in Paris between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, taking up the foreground of the left bottom corner of this photograph. A young teenager places a boat into the  pond with a man standing a few feet away looking at him. There are more chairs behind them, together with the few in the front, forming a circle around the pond. A few sculptures were presented in the Tuileries Garden with a few pedestrians in the far back.  

Artist Bio:

André Kertész was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his use of perspectives and geometric compositions. The composition of this photograph created a strong contrast between the sharp chair frames in the front and the soft ripple in the pond with the foggy faded  background. Human traces can be seen through the arrangement of the chairs, and the pigeon under a chair is eating leftover food from someone who probably just left the scene.  

San Marcos, Texas Garry Winogrand, 1964

Garry Winogrand

Gelatin silver print mounted on Fabriano Classico paper 

14 3/4 x 19 3/4 in

Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Raymond W. Merritt)

© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Text by Andrew Kastner

San Marcos, Texas, 1964

Image Description: 

Four empty white chairs sit in the foreground beside a white table. A glass window reflecting, or perhaps revealing, a mediative aftermath. Winogrand’s images usually depict dynamic social moments full of life and movement, but in this photograph, the life of the scene is absent. We can imagine a group of young people laughing and joking over a late-night snack at a local diner, but instead all we get are the remnants of this experience.

Artist Bio:

Garry Winogrand is an American photographer known for making photographs of everyday American life in the tradition of Robert Frank and Walker Evans. He would often capture these scenes on cross-country road trips.


Chicken, Chihuahua (Cushua), Mexico Frank DiPerna, 1975

Frank DiPerna

Gelatin silver print 

27.94 x 35.24 cm. 

Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund)

Museum Purchase

© Frank DiPerna

Text by Nora Neely

GW Corcoran School of Art and Design

collects and welcomes students, faculty & friends

to share their memories of Frank DiPerna here:

Chicken, Chihuahua (Cushua), Mexico, 1975 

Image Description:

The title of this Frank DiPerna photograph places us in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1975, the largest of 32 states in Mexico, neighboring Texas and New Mexico, the United States. In plain view, a wall stretches across and beyond each side of the frame. Plastered (or, perhaps, painted) onto the wall is an image of a chicken, clouds fill the sky above. The photograph is white-washed, cinematic, the subject not as much the object of the chicken, but of the border placed between us (the viewer), and the landscape imagined beyond the wall. 

Artist Bio:

Frank DiPerna (1947-2020) was a pioneer of modern landscape photography, with a skilled eye for strong horizons, desert scenes, and earthy tones. DiPerna sought justice, and followed an eagerness to travel, to teach, to listen, and to learn throughout his life. DiPerna’s studies centered photography, as he gathered experiences throughout the United States, from Pittsburgh, to Washington DC, to Colorado, New York, and Virginia (where he finally received a master’s degree at Goddard College, 1977) and Europe, teaching photography in Italy, France, and Mexico. DiPerna founded the BFA in Fine Art Photography at the Corcoran School of Art and Design (a program which still thrives from his legacy to this day). As a professor, DiPerna was eager to continue to learn, to grow, and to question. 

DiPerna can teach us new ways to look at our own landscapes, environments, communities, contexts. In this photograph, allow the symbol of a chicken to pose the question, are walls meant to insight fear or portray dominance? Are walls meant to keep some people separate from their neighbors? Do walls further a narrative of exclusion and segregation? Are walls temporary? Are walls necessary? 


This exhibition stands in support

of immigrants and refugees. 


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We acknowledge the lives that have been lost to COVID-19. We acknowledge the families who are grieving. We feel the separation. We see the disparity in the loss of this pandemic for communities of color and acknowledge the systemic oppression that makes it so. We call for and uplift voices of action and change. We acknowledge the loss, the isolation. We saw empty chairs commemorating 200,000 lives lost in October 2020, and remember that, while we have a long way to go, we have an opportunity to come out of this stronger, supporting one another. 
COVID Survivors for Change’s mission is to find community in isolation, uniting to “demand a responsible, data-backed approach to pandemic prevention”. Their goal is to connect, advocate, respond, and empower.
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