University RiversidePosted: February 4, 2009
Since I live in Southern California I thought it would be nice to give you information on various events in my town. I receive an email once a month from Larry Pribble, from the Photo Exchange group. He works hard to let us all know the various photography exhibits in Southern Cal. The following is worth it if your in So. Cal.:
UCR/CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY. 3824 Main St. (downtown pedestrian mall) Riverside. (951) 784-FOTO (3686). Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. http://www.cmp.ucr.edu.
There are four new exhibits for which the opening reception is Saturday, January 31 from 6-10 p.m. All four can be seen from January 31 to April 4. The following text is from the web-site descriptions.
• “15 Minutes A Donation from the Warhol Foundation of Andy Warhol’s Photography”.
Especially in the 1,000s of color Polaroids he took, but also in his many black and white photographs, Andy Warhol was trying to fill the time. Warhol regarded modern life as a process of constant distraction in which a new scene—or even a whole new movie—came onto the screen every few minutes. The trick was to go with the flow, to let yourself be amused by it, or at least bemused in a detached, vaguely ironic way, in order to stave off the one looming threat to life itself: boredom.
“In the future,” Warhol famously said, “everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” Some of his formal portrait sessions with the Polaroid camera probably took no more than fifteen minutes. Yet the results have produced an enduring fascination with this artist who became the Master of Ceremonies of listlessness.
• “MEDIATED” features new works and recently produced single-channel video and installations by interdisciplinary artists Antoinette LaFarge + Robert Allen, Lim, Kelly Mark, Tracey Moffatt, Takeshi Murata, Danial Nord, and Bruce Yonemoto. As video art has emerged and morphed from the early 1960’s to the present, these artists continue to find innovative uses for information technology and media. From experimental theater to pulsating abstraction, MEDIATED splices together new and used imagery, addressing current social constructs as well as conflicting perceptions of entertainment. Elements of desire, seduction, destruction, and redemption are extracted from Hollywood and Internet source material to create new narratives, as well as sculpture and installation.
• “The Screen of Nature: Early Photography of the West”
One of the few great examples of the work of nineteenth-century California photographer Carleton Watkins that’s not currently on view in the Getty Museum’s exhibition of Western landscape photography is a folding screen that’s in UCR/California Museum of Photography’s collection. This is a decorative screen four panels long on which twenty-six Watkins mammoth-plate prints of Yosemite and related subjects were mounted in the late 1800s.
The primeval forests and mountain majesty of the West was itself a kind of decorative screen on which Americans projected their own dreams, which ranged from the adoration of nature to the exploitation of all natural resources. As a context for Watkins’ work, this exhibition offers examples by other hands that show the range of attitudes toward nature that Western photographers had in the late nineteenth century.
• “Marilyn Monroe: The Fabulous and the Faux”
The Marilyn Monroe portraits in this exhibition represent some of the most renowned images of the actress and portray her as friendly, flirty, and fragile. Portraits by Philippe Halsman created for LIFE magazine depict Marilyn Monroe performing staged narrative activities. Along with the Halsman portraits are two works by Bert Stern, on loan from the artist: the first from Marilyn Monroe’s “Last Sitting,” the second Lindsay Lohan’s 2008 re-creation of that portrait for New York Magazine. Seen together, Halsman and Stern’s photographs illustrate the visual legacy of Marilyn Monroe and some of the many roles Monroe played while in the photographers’ gaze.
• Get more information about the work of the artists at the museum web-site. You can also see numerous online exhibits including the museum’s site about Ansel Adams and the Fiat Lux collection, which resides in their institution. The Digital Studio features a wide array of programs workshops and internships with cutting edge digital technology and artists and the Internet Gallery features “Network Exhibitions” programming, changing exhibitions designed for Internet and World Wide Web users. All of this and more can be seen at the museum’s excellent web-site.
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