At the Berman: Tice Urban Landscapes; Sensory ‘wayfarers’

Iconic photographs of urban landscapes; and a visually sensory experience evoking summer …  two new exhibitions at the Berman Museum of Art on campus.

The distinctive black and white urban landscape photographs of George Tice, regarded by many as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, will be shown through Sept. 6. His work over 60 years chronicles iconic scenes, many in his native New Jersey – a telephone booth, a White Castle hamburger joint, a gas station – all a testament to finding extraordinary beauty in ordinary places.

The Berman exhibition, George Tice: Seldom Seen and Big Platinums, will feature more than 40 photographs that reveal the depth and breadth of a master photographer. These include large platinum photographs of many of Tice’s iconic images and a selection of lesser-known works recently published in a book titled, George Tice: Seldom Seen (Brilliant Press 2013).

Tice, 77, writes in the preface to the book Urban Landscapes, “This is the New Jersey I grew up in, much of it bygone. There are no shopping malls here, just main streets and downtowns. In my lifelong quest, looking for beauty, I managed to find it in places that some would think the most unlikely. In fact, I found it almost everywhere I looked.”

“His  work is among the best examples of the dwindling craft of darkroom photography,” says Museum Director Charles Stainback, curator of the exhibit. “Tice is accessible, and highly respected, a photographer’s photographer.” 

Tice has published 18 photography books, and his original photographs are in the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y., the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Newark Museum.


Reception July 9 ?from 4 to 7 p.m

Lecture by the artist: Sept. 1, 7 p.m. 

wayfarers, also on view until Sept. 6, is an exhibition that asks whether the primarily visual act of looking at paintings can also become a multi-sensory experience. Playing off the idea of synesthesia, or a union of the senses, the exhibition is a selection of contemporary paintings that together might evoke a breezy, sun-soaked world - the smells, sounds and strains of summer such as a wave around the toes, the smell of sun lotion and the taste and texture of salt water taffy.

Covering a broad spectrum of styles and forms from the narrative and figurative to the wildly abstract and experimental, the paintings in wayfarers are by a multi-generational group of artists, both established and rising: Cynthia Daignault, Miles Debas, Alex Echevarria, Gareth Long, Dona Nelson, Evan Roberts and Laurel Sparks.


Reception July 9 ?from 4 to 7 p.m.

Salinger short Stories Book Club, Thursday June 18 through July 23 (not on July 2) at 1 p.m. Artworks reference his iconic book covers.

Panel discussion and closing reception with wayfarers artists. 

The Museum’s summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.