Despite the bright white screen and empty auditorium, Sugimoto's photograph is about presence rather than absence. The light-both on the screen and softly reflecting throughout the hall-is the light of a movie projected during the artist's hour-and-a-half exposure.
Inscription: Blind stamp on print, recto, below image, BC: "AVALON THEATRE"; BR: "19/25 251"; signed and inscribed in pencil on mount, recto, BR: "Avalon theatre Catalina Island 1993 Hiroshi Sugimoto 19/25 251//HS.384.X"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indexing the World," May 25, 2004–September 19, 2004.
Orenstein, Nadine M., Jeff L. Rosenheim, and Stephen C. Pinson. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: A Centennial Album: Drawings, Prints, and Photographs 74, no. 3 (Winter 2017). p. 42, back cover.