GREEN Provokes Viewers to Discover 
New Meanings Through Photography
Group Exhibition Connects Varied Concept of "Green"

On view September 6 - October 5, 2013
Opening Reception, Friday, September 6, 6 - 8 pm

PITTSBURGH, Pa., August 29, 2013 - Silver Eye Center for Photography proudly announces GREEN, a collaborative exhibition showcasing a survey of contemporary aesthetics in photography, all connected by one common, purposely varied idea: green. The exhibition runs September 6 through October 5, 2013. An opening reception takes place on Friday, September 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Silver Eye's Southside gallery. It is free and open to the public. The exhibition is organized by Dylan Vitone, a Pittsburgh-based photographer, associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Silver Eye board member.

"Green," by definition, can be a noun, adjective, idea, color, lifestyle, and much more. Both photographers and artists alike might be interested in the greenery of nature; the greens on our plates, the greenbacks in our pockets; putting greens, and the laborers who tend them; the effects of greenhouse gases; or simply the portion of the visible spectrum lying between yellow and blue.

"From infancy, we are taught to interpret colors and shapes, light and texture. We learn to navigate places, read faces, and decipher meaning in the subtleties of how people move. Common to each of us is a basic, visual language. And, yet, there are as many ways to interpret our visual world as there are people seeing it," said Dylan Vitone.

"GREEN acknowledges that, in a way, we are all like siblings. We share the same home, but take from it experiences that are unique to each of us." The variety of works in GREEN offers the viewer the opportunity to challenge what the word and concept means to them.

Going "green" might have been an unconscious choice for the photographers in the exhibition. Curator Dylan Vitone chose the following photographers to showcase selected works from particular projects they have completed: Sue Abramson (Pittsburgh, PA), From the Same Bulb; Adam Amengual (Brooklyn, NY), Day Laborers; Kim Beck (Pittsburgh, PA), The Grass is Greener; Peter Beste (Santa Fe, NM), Houston Rap; Joe Johnson (Columbia, MO), The Playing Field; Judy Natal (Chicago, IL), Future Perfect; and Ed Panar (Pittsburgh, PA), City of Champions.

About the Artists & Curator

Sue Abramson
is an associate professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA. For over twenty years, she has experimented with alternative photographic methods in connection with the garden. Her work has been acquired for many permanent collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Polaroid Corporation; the University of Pittsburgh; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; and Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. She has received awards and commissions from Silver Eye Center for Photography, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Abramson simultaneously explores the process of grief and grieving in her work, and has lectured on art and grief at the F295 2012 Symposium, a Pittsburgh event that explores the movements in 21st century photography, and the Good Grief Center of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit 

Adam Amengual is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. After studying the basics of photography in high school, he continued his photographic education at Massachusetts College of Art and Parsons School of Design, New York. Amengual's current clients include Time Magazine, The U.S. State Department via Lipman Hearne, Inc. Magazine, Time Out New York, Men's Health, New York Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Sony BMG, NDLON, Nobu, and Wieden+Kennedy NYC. His work has been shown in galleries at THIS Los Angeles and the University of Massachusetts Boston. For more information, please visit
Kim Beck is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Brandeis University. Her work is currently on view at 100 Acres Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and has been shown at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY; and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, International Studio & Curatorial Program, and Cité Internationale des Arts, amongst others. Beck is represented by Mixed Greens in New York and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit

Peter Beste is an American documentary photographer based in Santa Fe, NM. He has had solo exhibitions in London, New York, Tokyo, Oslo, Prague, Madrid, Los Angeles, and Portland, amongst others. Beste's work has appeared in American Photo, the British Journal of Photography, Dazed & Confused, the London Observer, VH1, and MTV. Houston Rap, a 280-page hardcover collaboration with writer Lance Scott Walker will be released in November 2013 by Sinecure Books. Providing astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative, the book gives an in-depth look into the lives of the city's rappers, dope dealers, and community leaders. For more information, please visit

Joe Johnson is the head of the Art Photography program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He received an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been reviewed and/or published in Art in America, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Esquire Magazine Russia, and YVI Magazine in the Netherlands. Johnson was a runner-up for the 2008 Aperture Portfolio Prize and was nominated for SF Camerawork's 2010 Baum Award and the 2011 Santa Fe Prize. He has participated in exhibitions at the Cleveland Art Museum; The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York City; Flatfile Gallery, Chicago; and Gallery Kayafas, Boston. Johnson has lectured at a number of universities including Carnegie Mellon University; Indiana University; the Massachusetts College of Art; Rhode Island College, the DeCordova Museum, and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University. For more information, please visit
Judy Natal is a professor of photography and graduate coordinator for photography at Columbia College Chicago.  Her work has been exhibited at Projects International, Washington, DC; Photograph Gallery and Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City; and the Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California Riverside; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, amongst others. She has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Fulbright Travel Grant, Illinois Arts Council Photography Fellowships, Polaroid Grants, and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowships. Natal is the author of EarthWorks (LightWork, 2004) and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A-Z (Center for American Places, 2006). For more information, please visit

Ed Panar is a photographer, publisher, and co-founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run project space and bookshop in Pittsburgh. He has published numerous photo-books including Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes (Spaces Corners, 2013); Salad Days (Gottlund, 2011-12); Animals That Saw Me (The Ice Plant, 2011); Same Difference (Gottlund, 2010), and Golden Palms (J&L Books, 2007). His photographs and books have been published and exhibited internationally including The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The New York Photography Festival; The Armory Show, New York City; nofound Photography Fair, Paris; and the Cleveland Museum of Art. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. For more information, please visit

Dylan Vitone, curator, is a photographer based in Pittsburgh, where he is an associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. His photographs have been widely exhibited and collected by museums including The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Portland Art Museum; the Polaroid Collection; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Vitone received an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a BA from St. Edward's University, Austin, TX. His photographic projects are based around geographic location, where he uses those locations to speak about greater social and cultural phenomenon. For more information, please visit

Related Programs

Opening Reception
Friday, September 6, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Free and open to the public

What is Green?
Wednesday, September 25, 2013; Reception 6:30 - 7:00 pm, Panel begins at 7:00 pm
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Free; Space is limited, RSVP requested to

What is green? Is it a color, a lifestyle, a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb? Explore this varied concept with GREEN curator Dylan Vitone and the photographers in the exhibition for a lively discussion of their work and the ideas behind the show. Local photographers will be on-site with out-of-town photographers joining the conversation via Google+ hangout projected in the gallery.
About Silver Eye Center for Photography

Silver Eye Center for Photography is a nationally-recognized, non-collecting institution exclusively dedicated to contemporary photography. Founded in 1985, Silver Eye has been at the forefront of celebrating photography, both as an expressive art form and as a medium that brings to light the telling details and larger stories that influence and inform an understanding of ourselves and the world. With our singular commitment to exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography and photo-based multimedia, we are unique in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

Silver Eye is located at 1015 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's historic Southside. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Silver Eye is handicap accessible.

Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by our members and individual donors and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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Photo Credits (left to right): Adam Amengual, Landscaper, Los Angeles, CA, from the Day Laborer series, 2011. Courtesy of the artist; Joe Johnson, Casino Entrance 1, from The Playing Field series, 2012. Courtesy of the artist; Judy Natal, Las Vegas: Saguaro, from the Future Perfect series, 2007-2012. Courtesy of the artist.
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