February 15 - March 17, 2001
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During the past decade, Doug Hall has documented and explored the architecture of public spaces such as library, museum, and bank archives, shopping arcades in Italy, recreational facilities in America, shopping centers and apartment buildings in Tokyo, and bureaucratic spaces abandoned by the Communist government in former East Berlin. In this new project, he examines Italian opera houses as a contiuation of his interests in how social and cultural meanings are inscribed into architectural spaces.
While photographing the opera houses, Hall realized that besides the main stage, the private boxes of the wealthy patrons were little theaters as well. Like the actors, the viewers themselves were "on stage." This concept of the world stage had a resonance for Hall that echoed not only in the opera house pictures but also in some of his new photographs of public places. These different spaces - a soccer stadium in Rio, the Dolphin Pool at Marine World, a desert film location in the Alabama Hills - will be exhibitied together with the opera houses, complimenting the notion of world stage and providing a foil for the opulence of the concert halls.
Hall studied and holds degrees from the Rinehart School of Sculpture of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and Harvard University. He was a recipient of a National Endowmwnt for the arts fellowship in Media Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the Gilmore D. Clark & Michael Rapuano Rome Prize in Visual Arts, and most recently a Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists. He is a professor a the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been collected by many museums including Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY