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Visual Art

Corey Escoto

Sep 14, 2017—Feb 25, 2018
Natman Room and Diker Gallery Café, Peter Jay Sharp Building; BAM Fisher
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Peter Jay Sharp Building
Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby: 8am—11pm daily
Natman Room: 8am—6pm daily
Diker Gallery Café: 2:30—6pm Mondays and during BAMcafé hours (see calendar at for details)

BAM Fisher
12—5pm daily with extended hours before evening performances in the Fishman Space


This group exhibition, Loss For Words, spans multiple spaces across BAM’s campus and examines the shift from a culture that communicates with text-based language to one where the image is the dominant tool of communication.

Corey Escoto’s photographic works on view in the Natman Room and Diker Gallery Café borrow from the language of film clichés, character tropes, and one-line plot summaries. Short phrases exposed onto 8x10 instant film evoke correlations between Hollywood dramatizations, media portrayals of current events, and the narratives we build around our own lives. As the rate of communication and consumption accelerates, Escoto’s work also reflects the tendency to embrace the abridged version of events over the full story.

In the windows of the BAM Fisher, Escoto’s sculptural cast resin nightlights illuminate the darkness. Reflecting the nightlight's primary purpose as a consoling beacon in the dark unknown, Escoto’s lights simultaneously embody and confront the powerful emotion of fear. Preferring to appeal to the viewer’s emotions, Escoto expresses our seemingly inescapable political precarity and our desire to overcome it.

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Agnes Gund and Toby Devan Lewis