Nathan Lyons

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Nathan Lyons (born 1930) is an American artist and photographer who lives and works in New York. His body of work consists primarily of photographs which focus on American culture. One of Lyons' more recent photographic portfolios, After 9/11, has been recognized by various publications and art institutions:

“In response to the tragic events of September 11, photographer Nathan Lyons—known for his honest and often questioning depictions of American culture—has created a poignant portfolio of images. Photographing in small towns and large cities, Lyons has captured the extreme and often confusing variety of responses—from deep reverence to blatant commercialization—manifested by ordinary Americans. One will marvel, for instance, at the myriad uses of the American flag.” [1]

Chronology[edit]

  • 2003 Completes After 9/11, Book published by Yale University Art Gallery, Monograph published by Light Work, Syracuse University (“Contact Sheet /73”) Exhibition opens at Light Work, Syracuse, New York, then travels to Fire House Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City (selected), Centro de las Artes, Sponsored by Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico and ACTA International, Rome, Italy (selected).
  • 2002 Portfolio After 9/11 published by Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, New York and Spectrum Gallery, Rochester, New York, Teaches Workshop and Lectures, Center of the Image, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2001 Director Emeritus, Visual Studies Workshop, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SUNY Brockport; Center of the Image, Mexico City, Mexico teaches Workshop and begins project on Mexico City, as well as After 9/11
  • 1999 Exhibition at Reggio Emillio in Sauvignano, Italy of VSW History accompanied by publication of monograph on Nathan Lyons. Appointed Distinguished Professor, State University of New York.
  • 1998 Served as juror for Photowork(s) in Progress at the Nederlands Foto Institute.
  • 1997 Named Honored Educator, Society for Photographic Education, presented lecture at national conference entitled “Photography and its Authority over Imagination”.
  • 1996 Received Distinguished Civic Award from the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce; Appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester
  • 1994 Received award from Arts for Greater Rochester for outstanding contribution to the community for Montage 93.
  • 1990 Member of the acquisitions committee for the George Eastman House through 1991.
  • 1989 President, Program Committee Chair through 1994, Montage 93: International Festival of the Image, Rochester, New York. The festival explored the synthesis between art and technology, forging new relationships between the cultural community, businesses, local government and the general public. It attracted 150,000 visitors over a six-week period and contributed more than 6 million dollars to the local economy; received the Distinguished Career in Photography award from the Friends of Photography, San Francisco, California; also received from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Czech Union of Artists, the National Artist Karl Plicka Medal in recognition of extraordinary contributions in the sphere of photography.

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2010 DISCOVERIES, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.
  • 2006 Nathan Lyons TRILOGY, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.
  • 2005 “After 9/11” Tremaine Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut.
  • 2003 “After 9/11” Light Work, Syracuse, New York.[2] “After 9/11” Centro Nacional de las Artes, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico, (9/18-10/26) “After 9/11” ACTA International, Rome, Italy (11/26-12)
  • 2002 “Riding First Class on the Titanic” edited version, Crystal City Photography. “After 9/11” portfolio with additional prints, Spectrum Gallery, Rochester, New York. “After 9/11” portfolio, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, New York.
  • 2000 "Riding First Class on the Titanic!," Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (traveled to International Center of Photography, New York, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland; Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas; Savannah College of Art, Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1997 "Riding First Class on the Titanic," Little Theater Gallery, Rochester, New York.
  • 1991 "Riding First Class on the Titanic," Atlanta Photo Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1989 Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1988 Photogroup, Miami, Florida.
  • 1987 "Riding First Class on the Titanic," Albright-Knox Gallery and CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York. "Riding First Class on the Titanic," Spectrum Gallery, Light Impressions, Rochester, New York. "Recent Photographs," Film in the Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • 1986 "Riding First Class on the Titanic: A Work in Progress," Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York.
  • 1983 "Nathan Lyons and the Visual Studies Workshop" SICOF 10th International Exhibition, Milan, Italy.
  • 1982 "Verbal Landscape" (with Bart Parker), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
  • 1979 Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, France
  • 1977 Deja Vue Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (with Joan Lyons). "Nathan Lyons: 100 Photographs from Notations in Passing," University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland.
  • 1976 "Nathan Lyons," Cronin Gallery, Houston, Texas. "Nathan Lyons," Ackerman Gallery of Photography, Northfield, Minnesota.
  • 1975 "Notations in Passing," Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. "Notations in Passing," Cronin Gallery, Houston, Texas. "Notations in Passing," Museum Art Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. "Nathan Lyons: Notations in Passing," Oakton Community College, Morton Grove, Illinois. "Nathan Lyons: Notations in Passing," Upton Gallery, SUNY at Buffalo, New York. "Notations in Passing," University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
  • 1974 "Nathan Lyons," Light Gallery, New York, New York. "Notations in Passing," Spectrum Gallery, Light Impressions, Rochester, New York. Chapman College, Orange, California (traveling exhibition).
  • 1973 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (traveling exhibition).
  • 1972 "Recent photographs by Nathan Lyons," Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. "Notations in Passing, 1970," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (traveling exhibition).
  • 1971 "Notations in Passing, 1971," University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
  • 1969 “Photographs: Nathan Lyons," Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. Alfred University, Alfred, New York. "Image 69," University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
  • 1968 Congregational Church (University of Iowa), Iowa City, Iowa.
  • 1967 “Nathan Lyons," Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona. Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida. Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
  • 1965 “Nathan Lyons: Photographs," University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • 1963 University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1962 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. "Invitational Photography Exhibition," Rhode Island Arts Festival, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • 1961 Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1960 “Nathan Lyons," Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 1959 "Seven Days a Week," Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • 1958 "Seven Days a Week," George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. "Seven Days a Week," Glidden Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=0300101821 After 9/11 Photographs by Nathan Lyons
  2. ^ http://www.lightwork.org/exhibitions/past/lyons.html NATHAN LYONS AFTER 9/11 August 25- October 18, 2003 Contact Sheet 123

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