James Benning and Sharon Lockhart: Over Time

September 6, 2019–March 1, 2020; April 17–August 2, 2020
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

American artists James Benning and Sharon Lockhart are separated by a generation, yet they both cite the influence of the other’s films on their work. This two-part exhibition pairs the work of these two accomplished artists to highlight how close, studied observation can deepen and enrich often overlooked, everyday experiences.

Over the course of his forty-year career, experimental filmmaker and Milwaukee native Benning (b. 1942) has investigated the structure of film, exploring duration and sound. Similarly, Lockhart (b. 1964) has sought to push the temporal language of film in large-scale, collaborative installations. The photographs and films featured in the exhibition express how film, too, is photographic in nature, and offer extended views of a range of landscapes.

Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by: Herzfeld Foundation Madeleine and David Lubar
Supporting Sponsors: Christine A. Symchych & James P. McNulty
Thanks to the Museum Visionaries:Debbie and Mark Attanasio Donna and Donald Baumgartner John and Murph Burke Sheldon and Marianne Lubar Joel and Caran Quadracci Sue and Bud Selig Jeff Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation
  • Sharon Lockhart, Eight Samples from James Benning’s Beer Bottle Collection: Schlitz, Leinenkugel’s, People’s, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Chief, Miller High Life, Point, Blatz, 2007 (detail). Chromogenic prints. 12 × 14 1/2 inches each, installed dimensions variable. Purchase, with funds from Mary Jo and Don Layden and Andy Nunemaker M2014.5e © Sharon Lockhart