Drawn from the Richard Avedon collection at the Center for Creative Photography, Richard Avedon: Relationships presents eighty portrait and fashion photographs – ranging from the 1950s to the early 2000s – including examples of Avedon’s large-scale prints. The exhibition will explore three kinds of “relationships” in Avedon’s life and work: the interactions between the figures within the frame, the partnerships Avedon formed with longstanding subjects, and importantly, the relationship between Richard Avedon and the Center for Creative Photography.
Inspired by the Center’s legacy, the Heritage Gallery features iconic treasures from the collection alongside more recent acquisitions. The story of the Center is told through pairings and groupings of images that explore the relationships between contemporary practice and the photographic foundations that inspired them. The gallery will be rotated twice a year, offering visitors a chance to make new discoveries, sparking inquiry and dialogue.
Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road delves deep into the complex dialogue that photography can enter into with a subject dear to many. This exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between photography and the folklore of the American highway, including the emblematic Route 66. Longer Ways juxtaposes photographs from different eras, exploring themes related to travel, ideals of small-town life, the national heritage of westward expansion, and personal freedom. This exhibition made its debut at the Phoenix Art Museum, and comes to the Center’s Gallery in an expanded form with new photographs and acquisitions.
This exhibition, featuring photographs from several projects and bodies of work, including the Rephotographic Survey Project, Water in the West, Third View, Yosemite In Time, and as yet unexhibited work from Lake Powell, will explore Klett’s creative practice and the ways that working with others expanded his artistic contributions to the field.
Representing the most comprehensive assessment of photographer Wynn Bullock’s (American, 1902-1975) extraordinary career in nearly forty years, "Wynn Bullock: Revelations" surveyes through more than 100 prints, from his early experimental work of the 1940s, through the mysterious black-and-white imagery of the 1950s and color light abstractions of the 1960s, to his late metaphysical photographs of the 1970s.
Longer Ways to Go presents photographs from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography made of, from, on, and in the more than four million miles of road that criss-cross America, over eight decades. This exhibition is presented in the Doris and John Norton Gallery at the Phoenix Art Museum.
The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks includes 151 self-made contemporary photobooks selected by a jury of seven industry professionals. Jurors reviewed nearly 300 submissions and selected those photobooks that exhibited thoughtful design, sophisticated relationships of image and text, innovation in the book form, or all these characteristics. The range of subject matter and approach to book making is so varied, there is sure to be something for everyone. Books will be displayed on tables to allow exhibition visitors to handle, read, and explore them, a first within the Center’s University of Arizona galleries.
Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones: Still Life from the Center forCreative Photography features over sixty still life photographs from the Center’s collection. While many of the works were conceived for a range of purposes outside of fine art, from advertising images to teaching aids, all make full use ofphotography’s ability to render rich detail. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to slow down and relish the pleasure of close looking. To deepen the experience of visual contemplation, the photographs are paired with short pieces of text – both poetry and prose – that invite visitors into a space of rumination.
The Center will continue its popular presentation of materials from our archive and fine print vaults for our summer visitors. A selection of rarely seen archival materials and artworks chosen by the Center’s staff will be housed in flat-file drawers in the Center’s gallery. This presentation of items from the vault will be complemented by a selection of artworks acquired by the Center in the last 18 months, demonstrating the variety and impact of the newest photographs to enrich the Center’s valuable research collection.
Commemorating the CCP's fortieth year with a selection of distinctive objects from its collection, this exhibition will bring together photographs and their related stories, including those told by curators, archivists, and other key figures from the Center's past and present.
Featuring the work of Lucas Blalock, Owen Kydd, and John Lehr, this exhibition, whose title derives from a 1923 poem by William Carlos Williams, assumes the form of a running dialogue between photographic images—past and present—that take as their subject the accumulated byproducts of an American way of life.
The evolution of photography has been inextricably bound up with the field of astronomy. Since photography’s earliest days, it has been used as a tool to advance astronomical observation and thought, yielding some of the most curious and compelling images in the medium’s history. Featuring works by a diversity of makers ranging from pioneering scientists to artists and amateurs, this exhibition surveys mankind’s ongoing efforts to chart and understand an expanding universe.
Although many photographers experiment with the platinum process, few have explored the medium as extensively as Lois Conner, Scott Davis, Kenro Izu and Andrea Modica. Each of these four photographers have produced extensive bodies of work in platinum, exploiting the particular characteristics of the materials to produce innovative and compelling prints.
Earlier this year, Phoenix Art Museum called on photographers to send examples of their self-published photobooks. The jury, made up of seven industry professionals, reviewed the hundreds of submissions that came in. This exhibition represents the books they chose as the best examples of the wide range of photobooks being produced today. The books are presented in the gallery on tables for easy viewing. We encourage you to handle them gently and leave them in good condition for other visitors.
Our current exhibition presents more than 100 works from the private collection of Douglas Nielsen, choreographer and professor at the University of Arizona School of Dance. Featuring photographs and photo-based prints by artists as diverse as Diane Arbus, John Baldessari, Jo Ann Callis, Jimmy DeSana, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Nauman, and Cindy Sherman, the exhibition’s unique installation highlights the dramatic and physical tension that can result when a figure stands before the camera’s lens.