Art Accomplices: Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel first met as MFA students at the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the next thirty years, their artistic partnership produced an impressive body of work as well as a lifelong friendship. Explore their respective careers and collaborative conceptual projects, which are alternately ironic, subversive, wry, surrealistic, and poignant.

Newsroom and Fake Newsroom

In 1983, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel held the exhibition Newsroom at the Berkeley Art Museum. The installation consisted of electronic news and wire service machines from Associated Press and United Press International, which together established a mock newsroom. They collected, sorted, and reconfigured incoming news imagery to subvert mass media channels and explore shifts in photographic meaning. In Fake Newsroom, a recreation currently taking place at Minnesota Street Project, artists Jason Fulford, Jim Goldberg, and Dru Donovan serve as guest editors using images from the Associated Press feed to generate a daily edition online and within the exhibition space.

Larry Sultan, Place, and Domesticity

Notions of place and home permeate the photography of Larry Sultan and the exhibition Larry Sultan: Here and Home, currently on view. Learn more about the internationally renowned photographer whose intensely personal images — many drawn from his own family’s history — blend documentary and staged elements in their explorations of storytelling, family, and domesticity.

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