• Dennis Feldman: Mother and Daughter, from the Hollywood Boulevard series, 1969–72 (printed 2018); black-and-white photograph mounted on aluminum; 40 x 40 in.; BAMPFA, gift of the artist.

Curator's Circle: Dennis Feldman: Photographs Reception & Artist's Chat

Open to Curator's Circle members at the $1,000 level and above

Please join BAMPFA Curator’s Circle members and guests for wine and small bites followed by a conversation with photographer Dennis Feldman and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Elaine Y. Yau, organizer of Dennis Feldman: Photographs (July 31–October 13, 2019). 


From the seedy streets of Los Angeles to empty living rooms and apartments across the United States, the photographs of Dennis Feldman (b. 1946) explore the ways popular entertainment seeps into American consciousness. Pictures from his most acclaimed series, Hollywood Boulevard, 1969–72, invite subjects from the social parade of Los Angeles’s famed sidewalk to animate their self-styled identities. His American Images series (published in 1977) pursues other disclosures, revealing tensions that have come to define the underside of the American Dream. In some pictures, people relish the escape and freedom symbolized by cars and Movieland, while others seem to search for more elusive horizons. Like Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Frederick Sommer—pioneering photographers whom he considers mentors—Feldman crafts compositions that do not judge their subjects. Instead, they pry apart the world of appearances to reflect on fantasy and desire embodied in everyday life. 


Featuring the first works by the artist to enter BAMPFA’s permanent collection, Dennis Feldman: Photographs recognizes his achievements as an affecting social documentarian and explorer of what he calls “a world contained in a frame.”


Please contact Jennifer Sime at 510-643-9632 or  jlsime@berkeley.edu with any questions.