SFUAD Director of Photography Exhibits Work in Florida Museum
Clubs, Joints, and Honky-Tonks highlights David Scheinbaum’s photos of the world of hip-hop
For Immediate Release
Santa Fe, N.M.—July 11, 2012—David Scheinbaum, director of photography and artist in residence at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, is a featured artist in an exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla. Called Clubs, Joints, and Honky-Tonks, the show opened June 21 and will run through Sept. 30.
The exhibition presents the work of photographers from across the country who capture the atmosphere and energy of concerts and other live performances across a variety of genres—including rock, country, hip-hop and the blues.
Scheinbaum’s portraits celebrate hip-hop and demonstrate that the genre’s positive social significance stretches far beyond the negative stereotypes often applied to the genre.
“I’m trying to give viewers a visual feel for the music, musicians, audience and crowd. And I’m trying to give a face—an identity—to the many dedicated artists who perform this music and poetry,” said Scheinbaum, who has photographed more than a hundred hip-hop performers since 2000, both in concert and backstage.
Curator Tim B. Wride, the Norton Museum’s William and Sarah Ross Soter curator of photography, described Scheinbaum’s work as an “unlikely intersection [of] the worlds of hip-hop and house music [that] cast a classical eye upon an often anarchic experience. With a sensibility that recalls that of the great jazz images of Roy DeCarava and his penchant for experimentation and interpretive style, Scheinbaum unleashes in his images the energy and barely restrained chaos of the nightclubs he prowls.”
Scheinbaum has more than 30 years’ experience as a photographer, teacher and art dealer. He worked for many years with the pre-eminent photography historian Beaumont Newhall and is the co-executor of Newhall’s estate. His photographs appear in the books Bisti; Miami Beach: Photographs of an American Dream; Ghost Ranch: Land of Light; Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching; and Stone: A Substantial Witness. He has exhibited internationally and is represented in many collections, including the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe; the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris; the Brooklyn Museum in New York; and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz. With his wife, Janet Russek, he operates Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., private fine art photography dealers and consultants in Santa Fe.
About SFUAD’s Photography Department
The Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a comprehensive education in the theory, techniques, history and ethics of photography. This base, integrated with a strong foundation in other visual and liberal arts, provides students with the knowledge and perspective they need to pursue photography as a creative professional. The program, housed in the Anne and John Marion Center for Photographic Arts, encompasses both analog and digital technologies, giving students the chance to work in exemplary traditional and alternative process darkrooms and a state-of-the-art digital facility. Students also have access to the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Library, one of the top informational resources in the United States on the history, aesthetics and technology of photography.
About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.