Thursday, January 21, 2010


Princeton University Art Museum
Emmet Gowin: A Collective Portrait
October 24, 2009-February 21, 2010

"The exhibition celebrates the ongoing creative career of a great artist and legendary Princeton professor who retires at the end of 2009. Emmet Gowin is held in the highest esteem as a photographer of the family (his own), the man-altered landscape of the nuclear era, and details of nature that he observes with the close, unsparing scrutiny of a true lover. Among the photographs in the exhibition will be works by Gowin’s mentors; work by Gowin himself ranging in time from his student years to the present; prints he has contributed to the Spring Portfolio produced annually by Princeton’s advanced photography students since 1987; and photographs by twenty students from throughout Gowin’s thirty-five years at Princeton.

The students have gone on to pursue paths as diverse as anthropology, graphic design, activism, and fine art, but all of them locate the roots of their inspiration in Gowin’s depthless faith in the power of photography as a medium, a discipline, and a way of life." 
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An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area
Part 2: The Future Lasts Forever
January 7—April 17, 2010 

"Exhibiting projects that were created or begun by artists while living in the Bay Area, The Future Lasts Forever features artists working at the intersection of art and history, and explores ways in which these artists document their lives and the lives of others, address specific events, and engage with the Bay Area landscape. Featuring more than 30 artists, over 125 works, and organized in three sections, the works exhibited in The Future Lasts Forever all reflect the passage of time in various ways. Some works shine a light on important historical events that still have an impact on our current lives, and others highlight archival work that is being revitalized. The exhibition also features important ongoing projects that span the decades and continue on into the future, as well as newly commissioned projects by artists whose work involves a merging of histories. Cumulatively the galleries in The Future Lasts Forever form a portrait in motion—similar to work that is never quite finished, or historical issues that continue to be relevant. Additionally important to the exhibition’s tone are accompanying text panels—in each artist’s voice—that emphasize the autobiographical focus of the exhibition and offer audiences a more in-depth background on the images." Read more

New Turf
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont
Curated by Evelyn Hankin

Diversions & Dislocations: California's Owens Valley 
Center for Land Use Interpretation 
Los Angeles, California. 
April 9-May 9, 2004.

(Research and production by Matthew Coolidge, Kazys Varnelis, Sarah Simons, Steve Rowell and Erik Knutzen)

Contemporary Photographs from the Permanent Collection
Princeton University Art Museum 
Princeton, New Jersey 
November 6, 2004-February 6, 2005 

No Man's Land: Contemporary Photographers and Fragile Ecologies
David Maisel, Ed Burtynsky, and Emmet Gowin
Halsey Gallery, Institute for Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, SC. Curated by Mark Sloan

Monument Recall: Public Memory and Public Spaces
Maisel contributes twelve public works as billboards situated around the Bay Area
SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Curated by Laurie Blavin, Paula Levine, and Trena Noval.  

"Monuments remind and warn. They speak to the future and the past. Monument Recall seeks to illuminate this play between past and future, opening dialogues about what society chooses to remember or forget, and what underlying values and ideologies are embedded in markers of public memory. Contemporary political events have weighed heavily upon the need for public monuments to form a bridge between individual lives and larger institutional values. Here, contemporary international artists, architects, designers, web artists, and writers set a course that challenges the conventional definition of a monument, and offer new imagery and concepts of what a monument can be. The work presented expands the breadth, voice, appearance, and materiality of what we are accustomed to seeing as public monuments."  Read more

Managing Eden

University of North Texas Art Gallery
Curated by Ariel Shanberg and Kate Menconeri

New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Curated by Robert Sobieszek and Tim Wride, curators of photography 

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