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Fine Art Photographer Steve Giovinco in Photography Museum Exhibition About Family at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Award Winning Photographers Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Ryan McGinley Examine Changing Role of Family and Contemporary Photography

New York, NY, May 20, 2013 --( How do families and couples interact today in the era of texting and Facebook? Fine art photographer Steve Giovinco and the rest of the nearly 40 other award winning image makers explore contemporary family life through the lens of photography. This stunning and diverse museum exhibition, “the kids are alright,” at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina runs June 1 through August 18, 2013.

“The kids are alright” features photography and time-based media created in the last ten years by 38 established and emerging artists who sensitively reveal the current notion of family. Some of the award winning and widely exhibiting artists include Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Janine Antoni, David Hilliard, Ryan McGinley, Justine Kurland, and Chris Verene.

The museum exhibition’s theme is today’s contemporary family is a complicated entanglement of people, is often unconventional, but are filled with poignant and humorous moments.

Steve Giovinco’s photographs explore these themes as well psychological, intimate relations between couples. He describes his images in the show as, “I am interested in how people live as a couple today. I capture unguarded moments between people, and document them with unflinching clarity taken directly from daily life.”

Steve Giovinco exhibits his photographs widely in many museum and art gallery exhibitions in New York, Europe and North America and graduated with a master’s degree in photography from one of the top art schools in the county, Yale University.

Alison Ferris, John Michael Kohler Arts Center curator who organized the show says, “The photographers and video artists featured in this fascinating and, at times, provocative exhibition demonstrate today’s reality: family is a complicated entanglement of people defined by love more than tradition, convention, the law, or even blood.”

“The kids are alright” will be on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C., June 1–August 18, 2013, and travels to the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., September 14, 2013–January 5, 2014. It originated from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The show was made possible through grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, a foundation that prefers anonymity, BMO Harris Bank, and the Frederic C. Kohler Charitable Trust.

Artists represented in “the kids are alright” are:

Matt Austin (IL), Guy Ben-Ner (Germany), Melonie Bennett (ME), Nina Berman (NY), David Bush (NY), Patty Chang (NY), Goseong Choi (NY), Yolanda Del Amo (NJ), Todd Deutsch (WI), Jenny Drumgoole (PA), Martha Fleming-Ives (NY), Lucas Foglia (CA), LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tierney Gearon, Aron Gent, Steve Giovinco (NY), David Hilliard (MA), Justin Kirchoff (ME), Justine Kurland (NY), Deana Lawson (NY), Jocelyn Lee (NY), Carrie Levy (CA), Lisa Lindvay (IL), Julie Mack (NY), Ryan McGinley (NY), Andrea Modica (PA), Catherine Opie, (CA), Josh Quigley (MN), Robert Rainey (ME), Justine Reyes (NY), Kathleen Robbins (SC), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (NY), Betsy Schneider (AZ), Chris Verene (NY), Brett Walker (CA), and Rona Yefman (NY).

About Steve Giovinco
Steve Giovinco earned his MFA in photography from Yale University a BA in history from Washington University in Saint Louis. He received Yaddo artist residency fellowships in 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010.

His photographs have been exhibited in solo museum shows, including those at: the California Museum of Photography; the Butler Institute of American Art; Smith Collage, Northhampton, Massachusetts; Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna; the VELAN Center, Torino, Italy; and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has had solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art and Dru Arstark Fine Art, both in New York.

Group exhibitions include: the Brooklyn Museum; the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Gyeongnam Art Museum, South Korea; the Winnipeg Art Gallery, with Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor Wood; Sadler’s Wells, London, with Thomas Joshua Cooper and Richard Billingham; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands; The Sheldon Art Galleries, Saint Louis; Exit Art, New York; Australian Centre for Photography; and White Columns, curated by Gregory Crewdson. Besides more than a dozen group gallery shows in New York, other gallery shows have been in Spain, Chicago, and Miami.

Museums collecting his work have included: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Yale University Museum of Art; The Butler Institute of Art; The California Museum of Photography; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, among others.

Reviews have been published in Art in America, Tema Celeste and Zoom magazine and his work has appeared in the New York Times. He has self published three books, and his work as been published in many catalogues. He has also participated in many art fairs, and his photographs have been auctioned at Sotheby’s and elsewhere, and have been included in photography festivals such as New York Photo Fest, Look3, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

A video about his work was created by David McDonald, as part of the series, “The Mystery of Creativity.” Steve also invented a hand held large format camera.
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