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Morgan Lehman Gallery

Chasing Firefly

  • David S. Allee
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    David S. Allee, Fireworks, 2016
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    David S. Allee, Practice Field Below, 2016
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    David S. Allee, Wind Along the River, 2016
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    David S. Allee, Long Building, 2016
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    David S. Allee, Saperstein's, 2015
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Press for Chasing Firefly

Current Exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery


The Shape of Light

  • Emily Kiacz,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2021
  • Closes: Mar. 06, 2021
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Exteriors

  • Anna Membrino,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2021
  • Closes: Mar. 06, 2021
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gesture for want and tears for all that is dark

  • David Rios Ferreira,
  • Opens: Oct. 01, 2020
  • Closes: Nov. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Everything Will Be Okay

  • Sara Genn,
  • Opens: Oct. 01, 2020
  • Closes: Nov. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Stilleven

  • Adriana Farmiga,
  • Rachel Klinghoffer,
  • Karen Lederer,
  • Talia Levitt,
  • Edra Soto,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Catch and Release

  • Carolanna Parlato,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Roam

  • Elisa Johns,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Woven Walls

  • Paolo Arao,
  • Carly Glovinski,
  • Crystal Gregory,
  • Elana Herzog,
  • Tamara Kostianovsky,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Now

  • Paul Villinski,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: May. 02, 2019
  • Reception: May. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inheritance

  • Andrea Belag,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

  • Curated by Geoffrey Young,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

JJ Miyaoka-Pakola and Matthew J. Stone

  • JJ Miyaoka-Pakola,
  • Matthew J. Stone,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Tale of Five Rings

  • Jennifer Odell,
  • Elisa Johns,
  • Opens: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Sax in the Attic

  • Jonathan Ryan Storm,
  • Louis Reith,
  • Opens: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aft Key

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

William Paterson MFA Summer 2018 Exhibition

  • Eleanor Louise Anderson,
  • Christine Brown,
  • Feride Comen,
  • Meghan DeMora,
  • Mark Filipkowski,
  • Angel Fosuhene,
  • Morgan Lawson,
  • Linda Steinhardt Majzner,
  • Vanessa Nilsson,
  • Sarah Schwindt,
  • Opens: Aug. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Aug. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Living/Breathing

  • Samuel Boehm,
  • Brian Edgerton,
  • Daniel Giordano,
  • Jamie Powell,
  • Lina Puerta,
  • Leah Tacha,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Audrey Stone

  • Audrey Stone,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Amy Lincoln: Sun, Moon, Stars

  • Amy Lincoln,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ecstatic Vernacular

  • Matt Kleberg,
  • Erin O'Keefe,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 31, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isness

  • Yevgeniya Baras,
  • Mildred Beltre,
  • Danielle Dimston,
  • Tim Doud,
  • Jackie Feng,
  • Rico Gatson,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Didier William,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leigh Ruple: New Work

  • Leigh Ruple,
  • Opens: Jan. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Paul Wackers Pop-up Show and Book Launch

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How to Build a Fire

  • Carly Glovinski,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Osamu Kobayashi and Erica Prince

  • Osamu Kobayashi,
  • Erica Prince,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim McCarty: New Work

  • Kim McCarty,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tone Poems

  • Tim Bavington,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kill Your Darlings

  • David S. Allee
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Object Lessons

  • John Salvest,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: May. 17, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Conversations, Curated by Sharon Louden

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

1200'

  • Amy Park,
  • Opens: May. 22, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Everything Drawings

  • Emilie Clark,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: May. 17, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endlings

  • Laura Ball,
  • Opens: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruby Palmer

  • Ruby Palmer,
  • Opens: May. 22, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradigm

  • Paul Villinski,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 11, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Visible and the Invisible

  • Katia Santibañez,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Work on Linen

  • Laurie Reid,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Up To You, Down To Me

  • David Rathman,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sun City

  • Rob Carter,
  • Opens: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

An Unevening Raga, Accoutrements for an Aposiopesic Précis, vol. 3

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thank You For Being You

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Basket Looked Like An Ocean, And I Was Just Throwing Rocks In It

  • Aaron Wexler,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rough Cut: Curated by Jennifer Samet and Elizabeth Hazan

  • Alexi Worth,
  • Amy Park,
  • Bryan Osburn,
  • Carrie Moyer,
  • Sangram Majumdar,
  • Trevor Winkfield,
  • Jennifer Sirey,
  • Elizbeth Hazan,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

20 x 16 New York

  • Curated by Geoff Young,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Long Goodbye

  • Kysa Johnson,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

stroturf-rooftop-picnics

  • ruby onyinyechi amanze,
  • Opens: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Night Vision

  • Selena Kimball,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Elements

  • Nancy Lorenz,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meditations on Hunting

  • Emilie Clark,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Kim McCarty,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

DominoDomino

  • Edra Soto,
  • Dan Sullivan,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Accoutrements in Marwa, an Interlude in Sliver

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Year I Make Contact

  • Brittany Nelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RISD MFA

  • Marisa Adesman,
  • Christian Ruiz Berman,
  • Sanié Bokhari,
  • Ada Goldfeld,
  • Molly Kaderka,
  • Arghavan Khosravi,
  • Rebecca Levitan,
  • Saif Mhaisen,
  • Gina Palacios,
  • Ohad Sarfaty,
  • Opens: Aug. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Aug. 03, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Tomorrow

  • Jeff Perrott,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Austin Thomas

  • Austin Thomas,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hankerings

  • Matt Kleberg,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Show 2016

  • Leigh Ruple,
  • Sarah Bednarek,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Windows

  • Sharon Louden,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cotter Luppi

  • Cotter Luppi,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brushless

  • Nathan Randall Green,
  • Halsey Hathaway,
  • Wayne Herpich,
  • Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson,
  • Rachel Ostrow,
  • Carolanna Parlato,
  • Andrew Schwartz,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

  • Curated by Geoff Young,
  • Opens: Apr. 07, 2017
  • Closes: May. 06, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Settlers

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 11, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ed Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip

  • Amy Park,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chasing Firefly

  • David S. Allee
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inside-Out

  • Samantha Bittman,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 11, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Andrew Hostick,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 05 - Feb 11, 2017

  • Reception: Jan 05, 6 - 8pm
  • Book Signing: Feb 02, 5 - 7pm
  • Artist catalog available for purchase at event.

Where

Morgan Lehman Gallery

  • 526 West 26th Street, New York, NY, United States Map

About

Morgan Lehman is pleased to present "Chasing Firefly," David S. Allee’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.

In 2006, Allee’s "Cross Lands" show focused on the nocturnal landscape with strange architectural and land-use juxtapositions. Nearly ten years later, "Chasing Firefly" marks the artist’s returns to photographing the landscape at night. This time, however, Allee embraces a more emotive perspective as he looks to places from his past in both New York City and the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.

The exhibition title is a reference to the wistful feeling and innocence of childhood. It hints at the experience of facing the fear of darkness and fear in general through discovery, adventure, and a sense of the magical. In searching for and playing with the intense artificial light found at night in familiar places, (often from the artist’s childhood, such as the hill where he watched fireworks or the lake where he learned to swim), this work embodies a desire to reconcile adult fears in the context of youthful experience, amassed visual memory, and nostalgia.

"Chasing Firefly" also takes inspiration from the inherent contradiction in Allee’s life as a father -- how does a parent reassure a young child that the world is safe while managing one’s own fears and pessimism, particularly in an extremist and divisive world? Allee uses darkness and found light to create landscapes that are purposefully ambiguous, disorienting, of suspended time, familiar yet seemingly unreal. The images present darkness that has the power to soothe but also to frighten, to be beautiful as well as ominous. These charged personal landscapes invite viewers to revisit and experience their own fears, dreams, and disharmonies.

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in*

"Chasing Firefly" considers the idea of a photographers’ documentation of landscape as “a visible manifestation of the invisible emotions of its inhabitants.”** Much like the photographers Paul Graham and Stephen Shore, Allee asks his audience to work hard at seeing the landscape, to look beyond the obvious and adopt a renewed appreciation for the everyday and the ordinary. These pictures ask that we do not take for granted the physical world and its reflection and impact on how we live and feel.

David S. Allee’s work has been exhibited extensively in major institutions and galleries. His photographs are in the permanent collection of prestigious institutions and appear widely in publications and journals. Allee lives and works in New York City.

* Leonard Cohen, Anthem, 1992
** Joel Sternfeld and Frank Gohlke, Landscape as Longing: Queens, New York, Steidl, 2016


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