The “Skaters” series assembles color portraits of teenage skateboarders that Clark took in New York City during the 1990s. Some of these portraits were taken in Clark’s studio, but most were made in Washington Square Park, where he met Harmony Korine, who would later write the screenplay for Kids, and the skaters who would become members of the cast of Kids. The freedom of skateboarders appealed to Clark; these were kids who could navigate the city on their own, without parents. This tension between youthful independence and parental neglect is a theme throughout Clark's later work. The series also represents a return to a more documentary style, and has a clear link to Clark’s film work.
This exhibition and its related programs were made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography Exhibitions Committee, the Elaine Dannheisser Foundation, and other individual donors.