“ICP’s exhibition is serious and pleasurable photography.” – Wall Street Journal

Through photographs, the prism of time is illuminated and breaks to clarity. We see the components and how they fit together. They take us on unexpected paths, they bring us to other lives we could know if life were to turn another way; they foster empathy. They allow us to recognize that life is not a story that flows to a neat finale; it warps and branches, spirals and twists, appearing and disappearing from our awareness.  

This exhibition presents photography attuned to this consciousness, photography from the world, from life as it is—in all its complicated wonder—in the twenty-first-century United States: from Vanessa Winship’s peripatetic vision in she dances on Jackson through Curran Hatleberg’s gatherings of humankind in Lost Coast; Richard Choi’s meditation on the differences between the flow of life and our memory of it in What Remains; RaMell Ross’s images of quotidian life from South County; Gregory Halpern’s luminous Californian journey in ZZYZX; Piergiorgio Casotti and Emanuele Brutti’s Index G work on the delicate balance between economic theory and lived fact; Kristine Potter’s re-examination of the Western myth of manifest destiny in Manifest; or Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa’s braiding the power of images with the forces of history in All My Gone Life

This photography is postdocumentary. No editorializing or reductive narrative is imposed. That there is no story is the story. For these artists, all is in play and everything matters—here is a freedom, hard won, sometimes confusing, but nonetheless genuine: a consciousness of life and its song. The world’s infinite consanguinity lies here: each of us and all of this exist in the fulsome now.  

But Still, It Turns* is guest curated by Paul Graham. It is accompanied by a book published by MACK

Exhibitions Highlights

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Screening Times for Hale County This Morning, This Evening

RaMell Ross's Academy Award–nominated feature documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018, 76 min) will start at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:30 PM on Floor 3. 

Public Programs

Curator’s Talk (Online)
Wednesday, February 24, 6–7 PM ET

But Still, It Turns Conversations and the Photobook (Online)
Tuesday, March 30, 6–7 PM ET

But Still, It Turns Conversations—Curran Hattleberg and Kristine Potter (Online)
Wednesday, July 7, 6–7 PM ET

But Still, It Turns Conversations—RaMell Ross and Richard Choi (Online)
Wednesday, July 14, 6–7 PM ET

But Still, It Turns Conversations—Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa and David Campany (Online)
Wednesday, July 21, 6–7 PM ET


*The title, But Still, It Turns, is inspired by the words Galileo Galilei allegedly mumbled after he was forced to recant his observation that the earth orbits around the sun.
Image: Curran Hatleberg, Lost Coast (8), 2014. © Curran Hatleberg
A group of people outside. Curran Hatleberg, Lost Coast (8), 2014. © Curran Hatleberg
Curran Hatleberg, Lost Coast (36), 2014 Curran Hatleberg, Lost Coast (36), 2014. © Curran Hatleberg
A car driving on a curve where a tree resides. Vanessa Winship, Untitled (Ray Nixon Road, Abandoned Car, Twisted Tree), Denver, Colorado, November 2011. © Vanessa Winship
Vanessa Winship, Untitled (Stefanie), Chicago, Illinois, November 15, 2012. © Vanessa Winship
RaMell Ross, Here, 2013. © RaMell Ross
RaMell Ross, Famous Men, 2012. © RaMell Ross
Someone laying on their arm chair playing the recorder as a cat comes up to them. Richard Choi, Untitled (Recorder), 2011. © Richard Choi
Richard Choi, Untitled (Bedside Prayer), 2018. © Richard Choi
Gregory Halpern, Untitled, 2016. © Gregory Halpern
Gregory Halpern, Untitled, 2016. © Gregory Halpern
Kristine Potter, Dean, 2014. © Kristine Potter

Special Thanks

But Still, It Turns has been made possible through the generous support of Susan and Thomas Dunn and, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Exhibitions at ICP are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.