Penelope Umbrico: Future Perfect

May 5–August 7, 2016

Embracing the flood of images available in the Internet age, contemporary artist Penelope Umbrico sifts through millions of images shared on Craigslist, Flickr, and other social media sites and appropriates them as source material for her work. She seizes upon popular subjects such as sunsets and televisions and creates large-scale installations that reveal contemporary society’s collective photographic habits and the underlying desires that shape them. Future Perfect features over 30 photo-based installations—comprising nearly 5,000 individual images—along with photographs, videos, and books that trace Umbrico’s obsessive systems of inquiry and online research since 2006.

Presenting Sponsor: Herzfeld Foundation
  • Penelope Umbrico (American, b. 1957), 30,240,577 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr (Partial) 03/04/16, 2016. 1,512 chromogenic prints, dimensions variable. Purchase, with funds from The Moore Family Trust M2015.78 © Penelope Umbrico
  • Penelope Umbrico, Broken Sets 2 (eBay), 2015, chromogenic prints. Courtesy the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY and Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA.