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Inward, Outward, Forward
September 18, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Artist-collector Lucinda Bunnen is a powerhouse in Atlanta photography. She has spent the last fifty years creating exquisite artworks infused with the magic, wonder, fear, and mystery of being alive. Inward, Outward, Forward showcases the artist’s wide-ranging use of photography and simultaneously highlights her contributions to Atlanta’s art community through philanthropic work with a selection of works by other artists in her personal art collection.
Bunnen pushes against conceptions of photography as a narrow or definable medium. She is driven, instead, to uncover new possibilities for artistic expression. She does this by toggling: inward, outward. She turns inward, photographing her personal life and sometimes manipulating images in her backyard or home darkroom. Then she pivots outward, investigating the lives of strangers and places near and far. She collects artworks by other artists for her home and collaborates with institutions to build their collections. She creates space for her art practice, then goes into the community to advocate for opportunities for others. All the while, she pushes forward, opening new pathways for art to surprise, engage, and inspire—boldly carving out room for what is next.
Atlanta Contemporary is a fitting place to celebrate Bunnen’s life and work. She is among a group of local artists who founded the institution in 1973—under its original name, Nexus.
Lucinda Weil Bunnen is a celebrated photographer and arts philanthropist living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now 91 years old, she began her photography career at the age of 40. Since then, her work has been the subject of eight books, including her most recent title, Constant Impermanence, which was released in 2020.
Bunnen has exhibited widely, and her work can be found in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia; Smithsonian in Washington, DC; Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC; National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; MOCA GA; Morris Museum, Augusta, GA; and the High Museum of Art, among others.
- Curated by Allison Grant