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Corcoran College of Art and Design Opens Avi Gupta: There is Here

May 21, 2014



WASHINGTON, May 21 -- Corcoran Gallery of Art issued the following news release:

On Wednesday, May 28, Gallery 31 at the Corcoran College of Art and Design will open Avi Gupta: There Is Here. Curated by Emily Crane of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, this exhibition features Corcoran alum Avi Gupta's photographs of domestic interiors in Kolkata, India, juxtaposed with his photographs of interiors from the Washington, D.C. region.

The son of Indian immigrants, Gupta's artist statement explains what he looks for in his photographs, and his compulsion toward images that provoke contemplation:

"Homes can be a reflection of how people conform to life. Traces of the inhabitant's experiences, routines, and values are often found in objects placed in their living space, a private sanctuary from everyday public happenings. Within this construct of home, I am drawn to the nuances of culture in an era of globalization and migration."

A graduate of the Corcoran's BFA Photojournalism program, for This Is Here, Gupta visited Bengali households in Kolkata and the D.C. metro area, photographing commonplace interiors exactly as they were presented to him. The resulting images, Gupta states are, "minimal and quiet, deliberately devoid of people, hinting at their presence through the residue of their absence." Admission to This Is Here, in the Corcoran's Gallery 31 exhibition space, is free and open to the public during all regular museum hours.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Admission to This is Here is free. The Corcoran's hours of operation are as follows: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors (62+) and students (with valid ID). Free: visitors 18 and under, active duty military (with ID), Corcoran Members.

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