Frank Stewart’s Nexus is the first major museum exhibition of photographer Frank Stewart’s work and centers on his sensitive and spontaneous approach to portraying world cultures and Black life in many forms—including music, art, travel, food, and dance.
Organized into thematic groupings, the retrospective traces his explorations of life on the road and the trajectory of his stylistic journey, bringing together a comprehensive visual autobiography through over 100 black-and-white and color images.
For more than six decades, Stewart has captured intimate and empathetic images of life experienced and observed across subjects, cities, and countries. He has drawn inspiration from trips to Africa and Cuba, travels as the lead photographer for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and powerful examinations of our ever-changing landscape.Stewart’s photographs experiment with size, format, and printing. Less-explored aspects of his career include his more abstract and painterly Drawings series, inspired by his travels and his quest for self-understanding. Color has dominated Stewart’s photography for the past two decades, and in more recent, larger-scale images he forefronts the transforming environment. Always at the heart of his varied and evolving practice is a familiarity Stewart creates with the people and places that inhabit his works.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website