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No Filter Expanding the Walls 2013
Jul 18, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013
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  • Jeremy Valencia
    Untitled, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Dautchley "Max" Desmarais
    Blue Dreams, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Nicholas Reyes
    by the tree, by the tree, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Aviolah Joseph
    Essence, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Hope Calderon
    Frigid Horizon, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Totieyanna Whatley
    Hidden Entities, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Paulette Henk
    Lorna, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Arnell Calderon
    Mother Mother, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Wesley Coram
    Night Lights, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Bryant Corona
    Unexpected Visit, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Kelvin Hady
    Wait, hold up!, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Clifford Temple
    Walking In, 2013
    Courtesy the artist

  • Installation view of No Filter: Expanding the
    Walls 2013

    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Installation view of No Filter: Expanding the
    Walls 2013

    Photo: Adam Reich

Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community is an annual, eight-month program in which New York high school students explore the history and techniques of art and photography. Since the program’s founding in 2001, the James VanDerZee archive—housed at the Studio Museum—has been the primary catalyst for the students’ critical reflections on the representation of culture and community. Informed by VanDerZee’s iconic body of work, the students learn the intricacies of digital photography and develop their own artistic practices, creating a solid foundation for future artistic endeavors.

The title of this year’s exhibition, No Filter, is borrowed from social media, where it is used to denote a striking photograph that is even more extraordinary—and exceptional—for not having been digitally altered. No Filter presents the students’ distinct and undiluted perspectives on family, race, gender and perceptions of beauty. The artists mediate entry into their homes, neighborhoods, peer groups and families, simultaneously documenting and commenting on their lives.

No Filter was organized by Expanding the Walls participants Arnell Calderon, Hope Calderon, Wesley Coram, Bryant Corona, Dautchley “Max” Desmarais, Kelvin Hady, Paulette Henk, Aviolah Joseph, Nicholas Reyes, Clifford Temple, Jeremy Valencia and Totieyanna Whatley; with Gerald Leavell, Expanding the Walls / Youth Programs Coordinator; Abbe Schriber, Curatorial Assistant; and Monique Long, Curatorial Fellow.

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