Judith Joy Ross

SEP.24.2021         JAN.09.2022

Untitled, Eurana Park, Weatherly, Pensilvania, 1982

Judith Joy Ross
Untitled, Eurana Park, Weatherly, Pensilvania, 1982
© Judith Joy Ross, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Exhibition

 

JUN.03.2021        AUG.29.2021

Where

Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid

Tel: 915 81 61 00

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Opening hours:
Mondays (except holidays): 2 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday and holidays: 11 am – 7 pm

Closed:
December 25th, January 1st and 6th

Limited opening hours:
December 24th and 31th, January 5th: 11 am – 3 pm

*The evacuation of the hall starts 10 minutes before closing time. Last access (7:30 pm or 6:30 pm) only allows a 20 minutes tour to the exhibitions.

How to arrive

Buses: 5 – 14 – 27 – 37 – 45 – 53 – 150
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Subway: Line 4 (Colón), line 2 (Banco de España) and line 5 (Chueca)
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Trains: C-2, C-7, C-8 and C-10
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Audioguides

Available online in Spanish and English. Accessible via mobile without downloads or installations.

Also available in audio device obtainable in the hall (if available).

Price: €4

Accessibility

Ramp for wheelchair access – The three floors of the hall are accessed by a generously-sized elevator.

Services

Locker Service: Temporarily unavailable.

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Ross began taking photographs of people as a way of understanding the emotional world of the strangers around her. In the early 1980s, after several trips to Europe, Ross acquired an 8×10-inch view camera in order to make portraits of ordinary people in public places. Sharing an artistic lineage with the work of Lewis Hine, August Sander, and Diane Arbus, Ross’s images mark a pinnacle of this genre, attesting in the ability of a portrait to glimpse the present, past, and even future of its subject.

Ross’s portraits are made according to a personal impulse and innate interest in the people she meets. The remarkable sense of transparency of the portraits comes from the connection that the photographer establishes each time with the portrayed. Her portraits are largely made in the context of series, ranging from children in Eurana Park, visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, members of the United States Congress during the Iran-Contra affair, students and teachers in the schools of Hazleton, or specific places in northeastern Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised, and where she still lives today.

Curator: Joshua Chang.

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Tickets

Important: An extensive renovation of our online ticket box is currently in progress. The new application will go live on December 1. For this reason, reservations of any type of ticket after that date will not be available until then. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you very much.

Individual

PLUS Ticket

  • TICKET and AUDIO GUIDE for Judith Joy Ross and Morandi. Infinite Resonance. The audio guide is accessible online, from the Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Price: PLUS General Admission: €9. PLUS Reduced Admission: €7.
  • Don’t forget to bring your headphones!

Guided Tour

  • In a tour of approximately one hour, our cultural mediators comment on the main works of the exhibition. An attractive approach to the importance and meaning of Ross´ work.
  • Price: 7€. The ticket also allows to visit Morandi. Infinite Resonance.
  • Hours: Tuesdays: 12:30 pm, Thursdays: 6:30 pm. y current health prevention regulations, each group will be made up of a maximum of 10 visitors. There will be no guided tours during the month of August.
  • The visit is carried out with an audio-guided system. Disposable headphones are provided, but you can bring your own headphones with you if you prefer.

Individual Ticket

  • Allows to visit Judith Joy Ross and Morandi. Infinite Resonance.
  • General admission: €5.
  • Reduced admission: €3 (Beneficiaries of reduced admission).
  • Free Access (0€): mondays except holidays, from 2 pm to 8 pm.

The beneficiaries of free admission must obtain their ticket at the ticket office in the room.

MAPFRE Clients and Collaborating Entities

  • MAPFRE policyholders have 2 free tickets for these exhibitions. If you're accessing for the first time, check out these simple guidelines.
  • If you belong to any of the entities that collaborate with Fundación MAPFRE, you must obtain your reduced ticket (€ 1) at the ticket office in the room.

Audioguides

  • If you have already purchased a ticket and want to add the audio guide, you can purchase it here. Price: 4 €
  • Don't forget to bring your headphones!

Groups

Group Visit

  • It's mandatory for the Group Visit to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: cultura@fundacionmafpre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 people. Currently, and due to health prevention measures, the maximum number of members (guide included) is 11 pax.
  • The use of an audio-guiding system is mandatory for the visit. If you do not have one, then you must purchase the ticket Group Visit (with audio guide system), which includes the rental of this service.
  • Schedule: From Tuesdays to Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
  • Maximum duration of the visit: 60 min.
  • The formalization of the booking implies the acceptance of these Rules for group visit.

€3/pax.

Group Visit (with audio-guiding system)

  • It's mandatory for the Group Visit to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: cultura@fundacionmafpre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 people. Currently, and due to health prevention measures, the maximum number of members (guide included) is 11 pax.
  • The use of an audio-guiding system is mandatory for the visit. This ticket includes it. Disposable headphones are provided, but you can bring your own headphones with you if you prefer.
  • If the group have already its own equipment, you must then purchase the ticket Group Visit.
  • Schedule: From Tuesdays to Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
  • Maximum duration of the visit: 60 min.
  • The formalization of the booking implies the acceptance of these Rules for group visit.

€4/pax.

Schools

Educational activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please check the pertinent pages in that language.

Families

Educational activities for families are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please check the pertinent pages in that language.

Important:

  • All tickets allow access to all three exhibitions.
  • Tickets changes or returns are not allowed except for justified force majeure.
  • Reduced capacity for health prevention. Get your ticket at the online box office from here to avoid waiting.

The exhibition, which comprises 200 photographs and a variety of documentary material, travels through nine chronological sections that provide a broad overview of the artist’s main projects. It also includes a considerable number of images that have never been seen before, taken without any specific project in mind. All the works on show have been provided by Judith Joy Ross herself, who has generously loaned them for this exhibition.

Download the exhibition brochure (5 MB)

Download the exhibition texts (365 KB)

View camera: In the early 1980s, Ross acquired an 8×10-inch view camera, whose deliberateness allowed her to engage her subjects both intimately and at a remove. She sees her portraits as a kind of collaboration: each sheet of exposed film memorializes a moment in an essentially fleeting, wordless exchange with a stranger. “Both of us together—we make the picture,” Ross has said. “They’re giving me, I’m getting. I’m encouraging them, they give me more. We both might actually be in love for a few seconds. I’ll never see them again.”

Without sentimentality or prejudice, Judith Joy Ross makes portraits as a way to understand the emotional truths of the people she encounters. Ross does not work in a studio, but on the street, in parks and other public spaces.

Asking questions: Although she uses a tripod-bound view camera, Ross’s portraits are spontaneous—made, as she has said, “to know something about someone.” Many of her series have been spurred by inner existential or civic inquiries: how to deal with pain and injustice, what makes life worth living, and how a person’s life might play out, decades into the future.

Ordinariness: Ross’s photographs are devoted to the ordinary and the everyday. She neither glorifies nor casts judgement upon her primarily working-class subjects. Instead she attempts to identify with what makes them human.

Personal: Throughout her career, Ross has been drawn to photograph in places that have played key roles in her own biography. After the death of her father, she photographed in Eurana Park, a small grove in Weatherly where she used to play with her siblings when they were young. The memory of her father also moved Ross to return to Nanticoke, a town where her father managed a variety store, and in Freeland, where he was born. One of Ross’s most significant projects was carried out in the very Hazleton public school buildings that Ross attended when she was a child.

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The exhibition catalogue includes reproductions of all photographs on display, the majority of which have never before been exhibited or published.

The book features essays by the exhibition’s curator Joshua Chuang, and renowned art historian Svetlana Alpers, as well as an illustrated chronology by Adam Ryan. A personal reflection by Addison Bross, friend of the photographer, accompanies his portrait reproduced in the catalogue.

The catalogue is available in both Spanish and English. The English language edition is co-published with Aperture.

Buy this publication at the point of sale of our exhibition hall

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