Archive for September 30, 2008

JOHN GANIS to lecture at the CCP, Tucson on October 3rd

John Ganis is the 2008 Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.

From the press release:

“For over two decades, John Ganis has photographed the Environmental impact of overdevelopment and resource exploitation, creating a body of work that was published in 2003 as a monograph titled Consuming the American Landscape. Using straight color photographs in a way that is descriptive yet somewhat poetic, Ganis provokes a process of inquiry and concern in the viewer. His photographs are characterized by a very visceral response to the earth itself, whether it is the red soil of the south laid bare by development, the cross sections of stripmined rock strata, or the disturbingly artificial color of golf course greens. The oddly beautiful nature of the images encourages the viewer to respond with empathy to the photographs. In his talk, Ganis will trace the development of this series in which images of the Southwest figure prominently from his early years and time as a graduate student at the University of Arizona to the present.”

This lecture is free and open to the public

2008 marks the third year of the Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Award, created to honor Jones, the founding director of LIGHT Gallery in NYC, the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography who later launched the MFA photo program at the University of Arizona as its founding professor; Jones continues to be an important mentor to many. The Distinquish Alumni Award/Lecture Series “honors a photo alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the field of photography.” Previous recipients include galleriest Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery (2006) and artist/author Ann Fessler (2007).

Ganis will lecture on his long-term project CONSUMING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE at the Center for CreativePhotography Auditorium. There will be a book signing with Ganis at 5 p.m. with his lecture to follow at 6 p.m.

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Dave Anderson Lecture: “Rough Beauty” at MoCP on October 2, 6 p.m.

Dave Anderson will lecture at MoCP in Chicago in conjuction with the exhibition:

ON THE ROAD: Dave Anderson Rough Beauty and Dorothea Lange Farm Security Administration

From the event website:

“This exhibition is part of a year-long Columbia College-wide celebration of Beat culture and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s novel, On the Road. The centerpiece of this larger project is the display of the original manuscript of On the Road, a 120-foot scroll that Kerouac continuously fed through his typewriter, on view at the College’s Book and Paper Center, 1104 S. Wabash, from October 3 through November 30, 2008. Check the Columbia College Chicago website for program details

We have chosen to focus on the philosophical and personal results of travel: learning the difference between the real edges and the ideal, mostly fictional, center of America; discovering the possibility of reinventing the self in transit to and from anywhere; and learning how big this country really is in physical expanse and how very small it can be in individual cultural awareness. These are the central themes of Kerouac’s novel.

A model for and subtext of Kerouac’s travels in 1947 was the mass exodus of people from impoverished rural areas of the east and Midwest during the Great Depression just ten years before. The U. S. Government commissioned a group of photographers, under the Farm Security Administration, to document this stream of people moving west and their lives on both ends of the road. The museum recently acquired a large collection of this work. U.S. 66, which starts just blocks from the museum and ends in Los Angeles, was one of the main routes for this migration. What the economic refugees discovered, and what Jack Kerouac, the privileged Columbia University student learned was that that anybody who is bored or broke or dissatisfied with the culture they find themselves in, i.e. “Beat”, can walk out to the nearest highway and stick their thumb out.

Part of this exhibition Dorothea Lange’s Depression work in detail, including the little known series of experiments leading up to her iconic image of the “Migrant Mother.”

Arguably the star of the Farm Security Administration was Dorothea Lange. Thanks to major gifts from her family, the museum has a wide spectrum of her work both during and after the Depression. Part of this exhibition celebrates those gifts and explores her Depression work in detail, including the little known series of experiments leading up to her iconic image of The Migrant Mother, who became the poster child for The New Deal.

Between 2003 and 2006 David Anderson made over fifty trips to Vidor, Texas, and photographed the town and its residents. This resulted in the book Rough Beauty. Vidor is a small community struggling with issues of extreme poverty and isolation in southeastern Texas. The town is reminiscent of an America unknown to them that unfolded in front of Kerouac, Neil Cassidy, Allan Ginsberg, William Borroughs and the rest of the people in On the Road as they drove and hitch hiked back and forth across it.”

— Rod Slemmons

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