LOOKING BACK – PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE SEVENTIES
September 30-November 22, 2013
No decade is entirely complete by itself. Bing Wright, guest curator, assesses the existing Washington Art Consortium’s Collection of Photography 1970-1980 by focusing on continuing leaders from the sixties; new formal and conceptual developments in photography in the seventies; and seminal photographers who led the way for the eighties. Included, among others, are the portraits of Richard Avedon; the formal, metaphorical expressions of Harry Callahan; the street aesthetic practiced by Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander; the subjective reality and marginality of Diane Arbus and Larry Clark; the topographic landscapes of Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz; the new color of William Eggleston; the development of a conceptual mode in photography by John Baldessari; and the directional photography of Robert Cumming, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman.
DAVID MAISEL/BLACK MAPS: AMERICAN LANDSCAPE AND THE APOCALYPTIC SUBLIME
January 7, 2014 – February 14, 2014
In conjunction with the Whatcom Museum’s exhibition Vanishing Ice, the Western Gallery will present a survey of David Maisel’s major aerial photography projects. In these large-scaled photographs, Black Maps leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through terrains that have been radically altered by environmental issues and transformed by human agency. Maisel’s aerial images of environmentally impacted zones frame the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor, beauty and despair.
David Maisel is one of the preeminent landscape photographers today, whose work is collected and exhibited internationally. The exhibition was organized by the CU Art Museum; the curators are Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum and Helmut Müller-Sievers, Eaton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, University Colorado, Boulder.
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Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9068