|Evie, LA, 1962|
|Young Mexican Men, LA, 1952|
The show at SFMOMA of approximately 150 photographs inaugurates the museum's new Pritzker Center for Photography. The exhibition presents the full scope of Hernandez’s long and prolific career, from his original focus on urban decay and angst to his current work with images which are more surrealistic and abstract. His debt to Bruce Conner (also due a retrospective in October at SFMOMA) is understated but emotionally tangible; if it's not the apocalypse now, it certainly will be later.
Hernandez (NY Times) “Some people ask, ‘What's so important or compelling about taking pictures of such unpleasant subjects like city dwellers?’ … My work may be beautiful or it might not be, that just isn't what I am concerned with. I try to be open and face the city. … To me it's not unpleasant or unbeautiful, it's just life – which has to be threatening sometimes if it is going to be interesting."
On View: September 24, 2016 — January 1, 2017
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103