American Miscellaneous Theme Photography

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(above: Sausalito and San Francisco, 2021, Photo © Barbara Hazeltine)


Allan DeSouza: Through the Black Country, or, The Sources of the Thames Around the Great Shires of Lower England and Down the Severn River to the Atlantic Ocean is a 2018 installation at the Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco which says: "The exhibition is based on the expedition diaries of the Zanzibari crypto-ethnologist Hafeed Sidi Mubarak Mumbai, the fictional great-grandson of the historic figure, Sidi Mubarak Bombay -- a formerly enslaved African who, upon gaining his freedom in India, returned to Africa and lead numerous British expeditions across the continent. In this installation, comprised of photographs, diary extracts, and sculptural works, Hafeed sets off to fulfill his great grandfather's unfulfilled wish -- to discover the fabled and elusive source of the River Thames."  Accessed 10/18

Brenda Biondo: Play is a 2017 exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art which says: "Brenda Biondo: Play brings together 25 photographs from two bodies of work. The first series, Playground, is a collection of contemporary photographs of children's playgrounds from the 1920s to the 1970s....The second series of works, Paper Skies, includes carefully crafted, abstract images of the sky printed onto aluminum panels." Also see artist's website  Accessed 9/17

Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too is a 2017 exhibit at McNay Art Museum which says: "The McNay's survey includes not only the crisp photographs of single objects on white backgrounds for which Ramirez is particularly well known, but also his early, more personal imagery; examples of video and installation work; and nine decorated Christmas trees created for his friend and fellow artist Linda Pace." Accessed 11/17

The Deception of Perception: Exploring Distortion and Ambiguity in Photography is a 2016-7 exhibit held at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy which says: "One of the preconceptions humans have when viewing a work of art, particularly photography, is the notion of a concrete reality; the idea that a camera does not lie and a picture is a freeze-frame of an actual moment in life. In this exhibition, artists exploit this perception by creating enigmatic and/or dreamlike images that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction." Accessed 1/17

Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World is a 2016 exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center which says: "Ultimately this exhibition is more about Erwitt's life than about the famed figures he has photographed, the events he has witnessed, or the places he has explored. It demonstrates the complexity of his career over years of dramatic change in the field and offers a serious consideration of the principal threads of Erwitt's work on six continents over seven decades." Accessed 12/18


External Reflections - Internal Wars is a 2016 retrospective exhibition of photographs by Louise Witkin-Berg. Gregg Hertzlieb, Director/Curartor of the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, says in the exhibit catalog:" In this exhibition, viewers can admire her early black and white images, some narrative and some nonobjective, as well as her complex color works that deal with themes and struggles every bit as powerful and relevant in the present day as they were when she initially created the images back in the 1970s." Link is to the 12-page exhibit catalog with texts by the artist and Gregg Hertzlieb. Accessed 12/16

From Italy to America: Photographs of Anthony Riccio, an exhibit held February 1, 2012 - March 30, 2012 from Bellarmine Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Ian J. Cohn: The Faces of Phlamoudhi is a 2019 exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University which says: "In 1972, while serving as the official photographer for the Columbia University archaeological expedition to Cyprus, Cohn began a personal study, documenting life in the small northern village of Phlamoudhi."  Accessed 4/19

In the Garden with John J. Mason  is a 2019 exhibit at the Newport Art Museum which says: "This exhibition features a selection of rare early color photographs taken by John J. Mason from 1909-1912. A retired physician from New York, Mason spent summers at his homes in Newport, Rhode Island and Bar Harbor, Maine. He made autochromes of gardens and landmarks in Newport and Bar Harbor, Central Park in New York, still life arrangements, and portraits of women outdoors."  Also see Autochrome Lumière in Wikipedia. Accessed 7/19

Invisible to the Eye is a 2017 exhibit at the Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona which says: "The artists included in this exhibition, the collaborative team Julie Anand and Damon Sauer, Mishka Henner, and Richard Mosse, have used various techniques to make complex and invisible concepts visible in their photographs. Bullock used photography to respond to the scientific discoveries of his day, exploring the place of human beings within the natural world, and, indeed, within the universe. Mosse, Henner, and Anand and Sauer have all chosen to investigate our increasingly entangled geopolitical reality, and the role of photography within it." Also see Wynn Bullock: Revelations Accessed 9/17


John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning was a 2009 exhibit at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University. Information on the exhibit includes a press release and photos. Accessed December 2015.

Lorna Simpson is a 2014-15 exhibit at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy which said: "One of the leading artists of her generation, Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the mid-1980s through large-scale photographic and textual works that confronted and challenged conventional attitudes toward race, gender, history, culture, and memory. Spanning more than 30 years of Simpson's practice, this comprehensive retrospective traces the artist's concerns and themes from her earliest documentary photographs to her most recent works" Includes links to 8-page gallery guide, 70-minute video of Lorna Simpson's artist's talk held November 9, 2014, and commentary about Lorna Simpson's work with students at the Addison. Accessed January, 2016

Life Magazine and the Power of Photography is a 2022 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston which says: "This exhibition takes a closer look at the creation and impact of the carefully selected images found in the pages of Life--- and the precisely crafted narratives told through these pictures -- in order to reveal how the magazine shaped conversations about war, race, technology, national identity, and more in the 20th-century United States."  Accessed 2/24

Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar is a 2019 exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles which says "Brooklyn-based photographer Lucas Blalock (b. 1978) uses both traditional and digital techniques to create uncanny and surreal images of ordinary things." Accessed 6/19

Matthew Brandt sticky/dusty/wet was a 2014 an exhibit held at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art which says: "Imagine creating a recipe with unlikely ingredients that blend and transform into something completely new, unexpected, and delicious. Matthew Brandt has done just that with his fearless, playful, process driven explorations, pushing and pulling on photography's parameters. In an era of the ubiquitous digital image, he upends the very idea of the medium's core characteristic-its reproducibility-by making each work unique." Accessed 1/17


Meredith Garcia: Stone Free is a 2017 exhibit at the Harwood Museum of the University of New Mexico which says: "The artist's photographs capture the essence of the geological formations of the American Southwest - taking them out of their usual context and viewing them in a new way." Also see 8/22/14 article in Taos News. Accessed 12/17

Mingled Visions: The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis and Will Wilson is a 2019 exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art which says: "Mingled Visions: The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis and Will Wilson, pairs two photographers who share a vision to produce a permanent record of Native peoples."  Accessed 5/19

Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser is a 2017 exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center which says: "The artist's interdisciplinary practice has led her to work largely beyond her Brooklyn studio and alongside many unexpected collaborators: making art in libraries, on airplanes, in forests and parking lots, while enlisting the assistance of sportscasters, zookeepers, museum maintenance staff, United Nations translators, an accent elimination coach, various animals and insects, as well as her own parents."  Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

The Open Road is a 2016 exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art which says: "The Open Road, Crystal Bridges' first large-scale photography exhibition, presents the story of the American road as inspiration. Visit roadside motels, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, theme parks, and everyday America." Accessed 3/17

Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker is a 2019 exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum which says: "For more than 40 years, Olivia Parker has explored the relationships between vision, knowledge and the natural world. From deceptively simple still lifes that transform the commonplace to her most recent work exploring memory loss, this is the first exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of Parker's extensive career."  Also see artist's website  Accessed 1/20


Photography and the Scientific Spirit is a 2015 exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center which says: "Today, we understand that photography is fallible when it comes to objectivity and truth, even when science is involved. Nevertheless, the integral relationship between science and photography that has existed since photography's origins has remained intact in spirit." Accessed 2/19

Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography is a 2018 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago which says: "Josephson's work focuses on the unique qualities of a photograph, specifically how it is cropped, reproduced, circulated, or archived. Using visual techniques such as taking photographs of photographs, his images often comment on themselves with a wry sense of humor." Also see biography in Wikipedia. Accessed 5/18

Reality Makes Them Dream: American Photography, 1929-1941 is a 2023 exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University which says: "The work of five photographers featured in the Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at the Cantor Arts Center -- Ansel Adams, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, and Edward Weston -- comprises the core of the exhibition. Woven into this display is a diverse selection of photographs by their contemporaries that present new narratives about artists and images, from the iconic to the overlooked. Against the typical history of 1930s photography that views the work of this period as primarily documentary, this exhibition contends that a key goal for artists of this period was to use photography to ignite the imagination."   Accessed 10/23

Sama Alshaibi: Silsila is a 2017 exhibit at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art which says: "Silsila consists of several photographic series and videos by artist Sama Alshaibi. Named for the Arabic word silsila, or "link," the exhibition is meant to represent the joining of individuals to one another, humans with the natural world, and the self to the divine." Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17 

The Sun Placed in the Abyss was a 2016-17 exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, which says: "The Sun Placed in the Abyss brings together the work of more than 50 contemporary artists who, since 1970, have explored the essential relationship between photography and the sun. Delving into the historical, social, and technological conditions of photography, this dynamic exhibition highlights our enduring interest in our closest star." Accessed 10/16


Vintage Neon: Images by Chuck Biddle is a 2018 exhibit at the Erie Art Museum which says: "Almost four decades ago, Pittsburgh artist Chuck Biddle began photographing historically or aesthetically significant neon signs as source material for hyper-realistic drawings. He began regarding the photographs as finished work in the 1990s, realizing that the medium allowed him to directly express color and design and communicate more information in less time." Also see press release  Accessed 6/18

Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders! is a 2023 exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art which says: "Titled after his recent book, Walter Wick: Hidden Wonders! will span 50 years of innovation, wonder, and imagination. Tracing the span of Wick's career, the exhibition is organized by themes that have long fascinated Wick, including Miniature Worlds; Floor Games; Craft-Built Worlds; Optical Illusions; I Spy Games; Puzzle Challenges, Wonders of Science; Connecticut Woods; and Curiosity Shop. The exhibition pairs beloved images, including over 15 never-before-seen works, with numerous three-dimensional models upon which his photographs are based. Celebrating five decades of creativity, as well as Wick's indelible role in the development of photographic illustration, this exhibition is a must-see for art lovers of any age."  Also see the website of the artist. Accessed 4/23

Within the Frame is a 2019 exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art which says: "Within the Frame presents a collection of images that reveal hidden scenes within mirrors, frames, windowpanes, and other constructions. In Within the Frame, viewers "enter" some spaces through doorways, allowing for a deepening of the scope of a picture and the expansion of the story within an image." Accessed 1/20


(above: Port Orford Morning, 2021, Photo by John Hazeltine)


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