America in Crisis

America in Crisis,Saatchi Gallery

America in Crisis will bring together 40 leading American photographers and over 120 works exploring social change in the U.S from the 1960s till today.

America in Crisis was a ground-breaking group initiative originally conceived in 1969 to assess the state of the nation. This Magnum Photos project was led by American photographer Charles Harbutt and Lee Jones, then Magnum’s New York bureau chief. This group project turned a critical eye on the U.S at a time of great social, political and cultural change, and examined key events in 1968 leading up to Nixon’s inauguration. The 2022 exhibition at Saatchi Gallery will create a dialogue between the original historical photographs from the 1969 Magnum project and new works produced five decades later, by diverse contemporary practitioners, during another tumultuous time in America.

Revisiting and updating this exhibition creates a unique dialogue between leading photographers from 1968, such as Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt and Mary Ellen Mark, and the works of 2020 contemporaries, such as Kris Graves, Balazs Gardi, Zora J Murff, Sheila Pree Bright and Stacy Kranitz. The exhibition highlights the themes present in both eras, confronting the myth of American exceptionalism with the reality of current events.

The original America in Crisis project was conceived not only as an exhibition and publication but as an experimental film and installation. In keeping with the interactive presentation of the original project, the 2022 exhibition will include an immersive and interactive installation that speaks to contemporary image consumption.

Organised by Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition is curated by Sophie Wright, Gregory Harris from Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, and LA-based photographer and academic Tara Pixley.

Featured Artists

Historical Photographs by:

Bruce Davidson
Burk Uzzle
Burt Glinn
Charles Harbutt
Cornell Capa
Constantine Manos
Elliott Erwitt
Eve Arnold
Hiroji Kubota
Marc Riboud
Mary Ellen Mark
Paul Fusco
Roger Malloch
Wayne Miller

 Contemporary Photographers

Anastasia Samoylova
Balazs Gardi
Dustin Chambers
Eli Reed
Gabriella Demczuk
Gabrielle Lurie
Gregory Halpern
Hannah Yoon
Jessica Phelps
Josue Rivas
Kennedi Carter
Kris Graves
Kristine Potter
Leah Millis
Matt Black
Natalie Keyssar
Paul D’Amato
Peter Van Agtmael
Philip Montgomery
Robert Cohen
Rose Marie Cromwell
Sheila Pree Bright
Stacy Kranitz
Todd Heisler
Verónica G. Cárdenas
Zora J Murff


Duration 21 January 2022 - 03 April 2022
Times Monday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Cost £5
Venue Saatchi Gallery
Address The Duke of York’s Headquarters, Kings Road, London, SW3 4RY
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