Current Exhibitions

Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography

10/12/2013 - 01/05/2014

Special Exhibition Galleries 4, 5, 6 & 7; Sturm Gallery map


Co-curated by Paul Karabinis and Ben Thompson and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

Selected from the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Shared Vision features over one-hundred-fifty iconic images, which reflect the rich and diverse nature of the past one hundred years of photography. Street scenes, the human form and environment, unique viewpoints, children, and spectacular landscapes represent just a portion of the amazing holdings amassed by two individuals that Art News ranked among the world’s top ten photo collectors. The exhibition features prominent photographers, including Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Loretta Lux, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, and Alfred Stieglitz.Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla’s collaboration hinges on a few underlying principles— mainly, to acquire works of major importance by leading photographers of their generation, and to focus on vintage prints—works printed soon after they were shot. Although each of the collectors brings a different point of view to the photography—Gonzalez-Falla analyzes color and form, while Gilman responds to images on a more visceral level—these distinct approaches merge into a single, shared vision and emanate from the same goal: to collect photographs that move and inspire them.“The whole issue is that you see the image and walk away from the image—and the image is still haunting you,” said Gonzalez-Falla. “It’s like it is saying, ‘Come back, come back.’ And until you do that, you are not satisfied.” 

Alec Soth, American, b. 1969 
Patrick, Palm Sunday, Baton Rouge, LA, 2002 
Chromogenic print
Copyright Alec Soth