NEW YORK, NY.-
Steven Kasher Gallery presents the exhibition National Geographic: The Past and Future Present. It is the gallerys fifth show of works from the National Geographic archives, but their first that presents vintage illustrations side by side with vintage photographs. The one hundred works presented span the entire 20th century. Photographers include Herbert Ponting, Baron von Gloeden, Maynard Owen Williams, and Hiram Bingham. Illustrators include Thornton Oakley, Louis Agassi Fuertes, and Tom Lovell. The exhibition encompasses works that represent National Geographics rich history in the fields of geography, archaeology, exploration, science, wildlife and world cultures.
Themes explored include Past Civilizations, the Age of the Dinosaur, Space Travel, Native American Cultures, American Industry, the Sea, and Flora and Fauna. National Geographic: The Past and Future Present juxtaposes photographic images taken from life, botanical studies drawn from live specimens, and depictions of the past and the future, imagined but unseen. These juxtapositions highlight changing visions of natural and human history as they have evolved over the twelve decades of the Societys image making. A selection of images from the exhibition can be seen here
"This exhibition represents the continuation of a four-year partnership with the Steven Kasher Gallery to put our commissioned work in the public eye. The inclusion of illustrations in this exhibition demonstrates the overall range of our archive, which spans vintage and contemporary photography, as well as drawings, paintings and other illustrations from the late 1800s to the present day. Maura Mulvihill, Senior Vice President for National Geographic Society and Director of the National Geographic Image Collection
The National Geographic Society is one of the worlds largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge, the Societys mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.
National Geographic: The Past and Future Present is on view January 10th through February 16th, 2013. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.