Jamie & Family by Benjamin Fredrickson
Jamie & Family by Benjamin Fredrickson

Benjamin Fredrickson ’03 was recently included in two exhibitions. Eight photographs are included in the group exhibition From the Margins at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. There will also be an artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition with Fredrickson on November 11. His second exhibition is a solo exhibition Photographs at Daniel Cooney Fine Art. 

From the Margins speaks to the function of critique, the authority of public reception, and the spectacularization of an artist into a mythos. Critique is presented without the condemnation of finality but rather as a form of care and collaboration. How can we better understand the history of representation when we re-examine Mapplethorpe’s position? The artists in the show both take up and refuse Mapplethorpe’s ethos in the service of making space. The exhibition considers the importance of filling in the gaps in our visual vocabulary, challenging the viewer to reconsider the legacy of representing those on the margins and the role of critique.

Photographs will include small scale black and white and color photographs made with paper negatives and traditional large-format analog film. Many of the photographs have been created in Fredrickson’s basement studio with lighting alluding to his artistic ancestors George Platt Lynes, the Athletic Model Guild, and Robert Mapplethorpe, among others.

From The Margins
On view through November 15
Gallery 102 at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (Washington, D.C.)
Artist Talk: November 11

November 7—December 20, 2019
Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY)
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6:00—8:00 p.m. 

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