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New Topographics


© Robert Adams - "Tract House, Westminster, Colorado," 1973 Museum Purchase; George Eastman House Collections.
© Robert Adams - "Tract House, Westminster, Colorado," 1973 Museum Purchase; George Eastman House Collections.

Dates: February 19, 2010 - May 16, 2010

Location:   Center for Creative Photography

Contact: Jovan Erfan

Cost: Free

Description:

A reprising of the pivotal 1975 New Topographics exhibition will be on view at the Center for Creative Photography this spring before it continues on an international tour. Co-organized by former CCP Director, Dr. Britt Salvesen, and the curator of photographs at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Dr. Alison Nordström, this exhibition will include a selection of more than 100 works from the original show, as well as some 30 prints and books by other relevant artists to better understand the historical significance of these photographs and the continued relevance of this work in today's culture. The exhibit is open to the public at the CCP Gallery Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally held at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape was one of those rare exhibitions that effect a permanent change in the development of an art form. The show brought together ten contemporary photographers who collectively defined the emergence of a new approach to landscape: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel, Jr. These artists engaged with their medium and its history in different ways, while simultaneously dealing with issues such as environmentalism, capitalism, and national identity. Signaling the emergence of a new approach to landscape, the show effectively gave a name to a movement or style.

The influence of New Topographics can be best understood by looking again at the original pictures and the circumstances in which the 10 artists were brought together. "By revisiting the photographs, we can assess their cumulative effect and consider their impact as objects," says Salvesen.

New Topographics will be of special interest to regional visitors: images of the Southwest-including some pictures of Tucson-are represented by many of the participating artists, including Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, John Schott, and Henry Wessel, Jr. Gohlke also teaches in the University of Arizona's photography department. Additionally, CCP's presentation of New Topographics includes selections from the Center's archives representing relevant artists, including recently acquired works by Deal, to provide additional historical and contemporary context.

The new presentation and international tour of New Topographics is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. An accompanying catalogue published by Steidl, George Eastman House, and CCP offers a broad-based view of the photography world in the mid-1970s. It includes a primary essay by Salvesen tracing the prevailing cultural and aesthetic ideas that gave rise to the exhibition, as well as the interconnections between the participants.

For more information, please visit http://www.creativephotography.org/exhibitions/upcoming.php