About the Exhibition:

College of the Desert’s Marks Art Center is proud and honored to present selected works from the extensive career of photographer and scholar Carl Chiarenza; the exhibition is entitled Pictures Come from Pictures, and follows the recent publication of a book of his work by the same name, that was published in conjunction with the exhibition Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza at the University of Richmond.

Pictures Come from Pictures opens for viewing at the Marks Art Center on Tuesday, February 22, and on Wednesday, February 23, there will be a gallery talk with Chiarenza at 4:00, and an artist’s reception from 5:00-7:00 pm, during which Dr. Vanessa Sheldon will also be performing on her Celtic harp; both events are free and open to the public.

Chiarenza’s visit and the exhibition of his work have been made possible by COD’s Carol Meier Fine Arts Endowment and Memorial Visiting Artist Series. The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts is open Mon.-Thur., 12-4 pm and by appointment (760-776-7278).

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Artist’s Gallery Talk: Wednesday February 23, 4:00 pm
Artist’s Reception: Wednesday February 23, 5:00-7:00 pm
Harp performance by Dr. Vanessa Sheldon
Free and open to the public

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About Carl Chiarenza:

As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Chiarenza (American, born 1935) has influenced not only the practice of art but also the study and promotion of photography inside academia and beyond. Photography critic A. D. Coleman has described Chiarenza as “one of the medium’s Renaissance men: artist, critic, historian, theorist, educator. In all of those roles, he has since the late 1950s participated actively in the…contest over meaning, function, and status of photographs as communicative and creative artifacts…As does every fine teacher, Chiarenza has distilled for us the core understandings from his discipline’s past. And, as every serious artist must, he has carried that set of ideas a long step forward.” Keith Davis, in An American Century of Photography, further explains that “[s]ince 1979, Chiarenza has worked almost exclusively in the studio, using scraps of paper and foil to create miniature ‘landscapes’ for his camera. Although recorded with a classically purist technique, these subjects result in photographs that appear almost completely nonobjective. In the Steiglitz-White tradition of equivalence, Chiarenza’s mysterious images suggest a range of subjective states and emotions. Often…Chiarenza combines two or more images to create a complex sense of pictorial space and movement. Works such as these suggest vast scale, deep time, and a primordial sense of form coalescing from chaos.”

Carl Chiasrenza’s Professional History:

Carl Chiarenza is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Artist-in-Residence, at the University of Rochester in New York, where he taught from 1986-98. At Boston University (1963-86), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History; he also taught at Smith College and Cornell University. Born 1935, in Rochester, NY, he received an A.A.S. (1955) and a B.F.A. (1957) from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. (1959) and A.M. (1964) from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1973). Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states. He is the author of numerous essays and of the critical biography, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors (1982). Monographs of his work include: Chiarenza: Landscapes of the Mind (1988); Chiarenza: Evocations (2002), with poetry by Robert Koch; Peace Warriors of 2003 (2005); Solitudes (2005); Interaction: Verbal/Visual (2006); and Chiarenza: Pictures Come from Pictures (2008). His work has been in over 80 solo and over 260 group exhibitions, and is in numerous collections, including Museum of Modern Art (NY); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; J. Paul Getty Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Cleveland Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

For more Information:

For more information, including high-resolution images for publication or reproduction, please contact gallery director Lisa Soccio at 760-776-7377 or <LSOCCIO@collegeofthedesert.edu>

or, visit the Marks Art Center website: