THIS WEEKEND: Linda Connor speaks at Phoenix Art Museum, January 31 and SMOCA on February 1

Linda Connor comes to Phoenix for two events this weekend:  the first, in conjunction with her one-woman exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum (2 pm Saturday) and the second to speak in conjunction with the Callahan, Siskind and Sommer exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2:30 p.m. Sunday).  Details below:

Meet the Artist: Linda Connor
Saturday, January 31, 2pm

Phoenix Art Museum

In conjunction with her exhibition ODYSSEY, join photographer Linda Connor for a discussion of her motivations, processes and choices as expressed in her works on view in the Norton Photography Gallery.

The exhibition remains on view through March 8th.

About the exhibition:

The Norton Gallery will offer an escape into the world of photography with an aesthetic exploration of sacred spaces. Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor is an artist-designed installation, offering spiritual and meditative experiences to those who enter the gallery.

Traveling around the world, contemporary photographer Linda Connor seeks places and traditions that convey such intangible qualities as time, faith, and spirituality. Her photographs connect these ethereal concepts to specific locales and to the natural world. She has worked extensively in India, Indonesia, Turkey, Cambodia, Egypt, Tibet, and the American Southwest. Included in the exhibition of more than 70 photographs are some of Connor’s best known images from the past three decades, along with more recent works that have had little public exposure.

Connor’s work intimately links imagery and technique. Her use of a large-format view camera allows her to achieve remarkable clarity and rich detail; frequently using long exposures, Connor captures movement and suggests the passage of time. Her photographs, created by direct contact of the 8×10-inch negative on printing-out paper, are exposed and developed in her garden using sunlight. Toned with gold chloride, each print has a warmth, luminosity, and delicacy seldom found in standard photographic printing.

Sunday, February 1st, 2:30 p.m.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Linda Connor, a former student of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer, will speak about her personal experiences and knowledge of the three influential photographers. In conjunction with At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer. Connor’s own photographs are simultaneously on view at the Phoenix Art Museum in Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor through March 8.

Meet in the Museum lobby. Free.

About the exhibition and upcoming related events, from the SMOCA website:

At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer, examines the pivotal interrelationship of three mid-century photographers who helped define the course of American photography: Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer (who lived in Prescott, Arizona). This is the first full comparison of their work and exploration of their robust, prescient exchange of ideas about photography, abstraction and metaphor. Self-taught as photographers, they helped shape the evolution of photography as an art form. This exhibition highlights the powerful role of such camaraderie in shaping photography at this seminal time, before the emergence of a market for photography and before widespread artistic acceptance of the medium. Their work is an important bridge between classic mid-century photography and hybrid artistic approaches to the medium today.

This project also showcases the historical importance of Frederick Sommer, who worked in relative isolation in Prescott, Arizona, yet whose masterful and singular work is internationally recognized today. It has been some 20 years since Sommer’s art was last shown in depth here. SMoCA thanks the Frances and Frederick Sommer Foundation, Prescott, AZ for its consultation on and partnership in this project since its inception.

The exhibition will include 151 prints of remarkably high quality, many from a heretofore unseen private collection. The ” At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer” catalogue is available through the SMoCA Store and Radius Books.

The public opening reception for the exhibition will be February 13, 2009, in conjunction with the museum’s 10th-Anniversary weekend festivities.


FEB 1   2:30 pm Free Gallery Talk: Linda Connor, a former student of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer, will speak about her personal experiences and knowledge of the three great photographers.

FEB 19  6:30 PM Free Gallery Talk: Claire Carter, exhibition co-curator, along with Naomi Lyons and Jeremy Cox, co-trustees of the Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation, Prescott, Arizona, will discuss the importance of Frederick Sommer.

MAR 11 at 12 Noon Free Gallery Talk: Phoenix Art Museum Curator Rebecca Senf will explore Ansel Andam’s influence on photographer Harry Callahan.

MAY 8 & 9 SYMPOSIUM: “Exchanging Ideas: photography, abstraction and metaphor at mid-century”


FRIDAY, MAY 8         7 PM

Emmet Gowin (photographer, professor, Princeton University and student of Callahan and Sommer) will give a poetic gallery talk about Frederick Sommer, abstract photography and the influence of Sommer and Callahan on his personal work.

SATURDAY, MAY 9         8:30 AM – 4 PM

Joseph Sterling (photographer and student of Callahan, Siskind and Sommer at the Institute of Design) will share his personal experiences and Callahan, Siskind and Sommer’s role in developing a photography program at the Institute of Design, Chicago.
Claire C. Carter (co-curator of the exhibition and Curatorial Coordinator at SMoCA) will investigate Siskind’s work and its relationship to the paintings of the Abstract Expressionists.
Leland Rice (photographer, curator and writer) will discuss Sommer’s Arizona landscape photographs and how the Surrealist painters Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy influenced his work.
Keith F. Davis (Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Chair, Art Selection Committee, Hallmark Cards, Inc., both in Kansas City, Missouri) will lecture on Harry Callahan’s interest in the universal.
Harold Jones, (photographer, curator and educator, director of LIGHT Gallery, New York [1973-1975] and founding Director of the Center for Creative Photography [1975-1977], University of Arizona) will discuss the inception of LIGHT Gallery and how these three artists’s archives came to reside in Arizona.

Question and Answer Session with all symposium speakers.

Book Signing by Keith F. Davis and Britt Salvesen, authors of the exhibition’s accompanying catalog.

Juried Portfolio Share for local artists and photographers. Juried by Terry Etherton, owner of Etherton Gallery, Tucson. Symposium participants and audience members will attend. (University photography faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and artists using photography are encouraged to submit work to the Juried Portfolio Share. CLICK HERE, call 480-874-4641 or email for submission guidelines.)

The At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer catalogue is available through the SMoCA Store and Radius Books.

Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Co-curated by former Director Susan Krane (now Oshman Executive Director, San Jose Museum of Art) and Project Curator Claire Carter, with Consulting Curator Keith M. Davis (Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Hallmark Collection).

Sponsored by the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation.

Additional sponsorship provided by Sue and Bud Selig; Rose & Allyn PR; SRP; Paul Giancola; and Phyllis and Richard Stern.

Additional funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and from the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation.

Frederick Sommer, Untitled (Painted Desert), ca. 1940, 7 9/16 x 9 7/16 inches. © Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation, Prescott, Arizona.

January 31, 2009-
May 13, 2009

Galleries 3 and 4, SMoCA


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