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Combat Zone 1969 - 1978
12 - March 16, 2010
reception: Friday, February 12th 6 - 8pm
Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present Boston: Combat Zone
1969-1978, an exhibition featuring black and white photographs
by Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt and John Goodman on view from
February 12 through March 16, 2010.
Deriving its name, Combat Zone, from the brawling sailors and
soldiers that frequented the number of movie theaters, bars, restaurants
and lounges during the 1950's and 1960's. It was largely an unrestricted
public sphere teeming with all kinds of activity and human behavior
legal and otherwise. By the 1970's, an unprecedented social and
cultural transformation had taken place. Many theaters began to
screen adult movies and strip clubs such as "Teddy Bare Lounge",
the "Naked Eye", and the "Two O'clock Club"
along with the burlesque house, "The Pilgrim Theatre",
grew in popularity. These establishments have since been demolished,
their demise attributed to a number of socio-political and economic
factors that have changed the urban landscape of Boston.
The works of Angier, Berndt and Goodman depict the Combat Zone
during the pinnacle of its transformation, and provides a view
into the complex world of adult entertainment, still today a lightning
rod for cultural conflict in American society. Jerry Berndt and
John Goodman photographed the provocative and at times, arresting
energy of the streets as well as the personas that inhabited them.
Roswell Angier provides an intimate perspective of the nightclubs
and their performers. These three photographers created a unique
portrait of a time and place as they captured the energy of the
street, the clubs, and the general mayhem of the night that was
the Combat Zone.
Angier graduated from Harvard University and the University of
California, Berkley. Angier has published several books including,
A Kind of Life: Conversations in the Combat Zone, and recently
Train Your Gaze: A Practical and Theoretical Instruction to Portrait
Photography. His work is the collection of the Museum of Fine
Arts Boston, and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. He teaches
at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University Boston.
Jerry Berndt was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1943. As a photojournalist,
he has worked in Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Rwanda and Armenia
and his work has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek
and Paris Match. Berndt was an instructor at the Art Institute
in Boston and at the University of Massachusetts. He received
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and grants from
the University of California. Berndt’s photographs are represented
in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Boston Public Library and the
Bibliothèque National in Paris. He lives in Paris.
graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in History,
John Goodman studied with Minor White in Cambridge from 1972-1974.
His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair,
RollingStone, and the London Times. John's photographs are in
the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston
Public Library, The Fogg Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and SF/MoMA. He is on the faculty
at the Art Institute of Boston and teaches at the Maine Media
Workshops. Joyce Carol Oates reviewing Goodman's monograph The
Times Square Gym states that "John Goodman's camera, is not
an instrument of detachment, analysis, or judgment, but an iris
of an eye that is our own, dissolving ostensible barriers between
object and subject." He is presently working on his next
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