Omaha Sketchbook: Gregory Halpern in conversation at Tate Modern

This September, celebrated American photographer Gregory Halpern will be in conversation at Tate Modern presenting his new monograph, Omaha Sketchbook, published this year by MACK. The event, which will be followed by a book signing, anticipates the opening of Gregory Halpern: Omaha Sketchbook – an exhibition of selected works from the series at Huxley-Parlour gallery.

A follow up to his award-winning bestselling book ZZYZX, Omaha Sketchbook explores the elusive, inchoate notion of Americanness. For the last fifteen years, Halpern has been photographing in Omaha, Nebraska, steadily compiling a lyrical response to the American Heartland. Halpern’s work explores notions of cognitive dissonance and unexpected harmonies, playing on a sense of simultaneous repulsion and attraction to the place. The series is ultimately a meditation on America, on the men and boys who inhabit it, and on the mechanics of aggression, inadequacy, and power.

Gregory Halpern holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. In 2016, his book ZZYZX was awarded Photobook of the Year at Paris Photo, and in 2014, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The talk and book signing will take place on Monday 16 September from 7 – 8.30pm at Tate Modern, Bankside. Copies of Omaha Sketchbook will be available for purchase at the signing after the talk. This event is ticketed, with an entry fee of £5 redeemable against the price of Omaha Sketchbook. Book tickets here.

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