An eerily endless loop gives the Times Square audience a performer’s viewpoint, with their very own round of applause. Alex Prager’s Applause depicts the underlying tension between a performer and audience, continuing Prager’s psychological examination of the human condition and the complex dynamics that exist between the individual and the crowd. By inserting the viewer in the role of performer, looking out on the audience who are applauding on an eerily endless loop, Prager exposes the heightened emotional effect of the two opposing viewpoints. In partnership with The Broadway League & Lehmann Maupin.
Alex Prager is a Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker. Prager’s elaborately staged scenes tap into a shared cultural memory drawing inspiration from a wide range of influences and references including Hollywood cinema, experimental films, popular culture and street photography. Her familiar yet strange images suggest a sense of timelessness while also creating a world that synthesizes fiction and reality. She has had a number of solo museum exhibitions at institutions including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri (2015); Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France (2015); the Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas (2015); the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014); the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2013); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2013); and the FOAM Photography Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012). Prager was also prominently featured in New Photography 2010 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Prager has been recognized with the FOAM Paul Huf Award (2012), among other honors. Her editorial work has been featured in prominent publications including Garage, Vogue and W, and her film series “Touch of Evil,” commissioned by The New York Times Magazine, won a 2012 Emmy Award. Prager’s work is represented in the collections of major museums including the New York’s Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.