Louis Carlos Bernal: Retrospectiva presents some 125 photographs by the pioneering Chicanx photographer active in the 1970s and 1980s, focusing on his moving portrayals of Mexican American people living in the barrios of Tucson and throughout the Southwest.
Drawn from five series: World War II, Nurse Midwife, Jazz Loft, Hitachi Corporation, and Minamata, W. Eugene Smith’s work will be presented with archival material that helps expand consideration of his practice beyond an art historical lens, connecting his photographs to other fields and disciplines.
Mural-scale digital projections rotating photographs of the southwestern United States from CCP’s collection hypnotically tangle with a chance array of music and sound. 8-Track will also be stage to a curated schedule of live, in-gallery performances by regional musicians, commissioned to perform work inspired by CCP’s collection of photography.
Curated by members of the photographer’s family, this exhibition covers Linda McCartney’s whole career, from 1965 to 1997. The range of works in the exhibition, including never-before-seen Tucson views, reflect the spontaneity and ease of her photographic style.
Why Color? is the first class residency piloted by the Center for Creative Photography + Art & Visual Culture Education in the School of Art. Simultaneously a classroom and installation, the project launches in early September inviting University of Arizona graduate students in the course “Participatory Practices and Edu-Curation in Exhibitions” to design an exhibition from CCP’s collection of color photography.
Tucson-based photographer Alanna Airitam’s photographic project, “The Golden Age” celebrates a vision of Black Americans that is uplifting, inspiring, and empowering. In ten luscious and elegant large-scale portraits the artist features contemporary African American people as symbolic saints who are simultaneously magnificent and powerful.
Over the last four years, the Center for Creative Photography analyzed our collections, determined strengths, and identified gaps in representation. The Center is committed to growing the collection to include previously underrepresented artists, and through three auctions of duplicate holdings in the collection, the CCP has funded an endowment to purchase work to diversify the collection. Trios: Looking Close at Three New Acquisitions serves as our first opportunity to share new works funded by the endowment with our community. Designed to be an evolving exhibition, we will rotate works in February and March, sharing three new prints each time.
In 1988 and 1990, with support from two major grants from the Hitachi Corporation, the CCP made a historic acquisition of 87 works by nineteen contemporary Japanese experimental photographers. Farewell Photography brings together all 87 prints for display for the first time since they were acquired.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Hume Kennerly has documented momentous events and people including politicians, entertainment figures and a space shuttle liftoff. A pop-up exhibition of 25 of his prints are on display at Main Gate Square and inside the Tucson Marriott University Park hotel.