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Show Opens at UCR/CMP


Shows Put UCR/CMP Focus on Outsiders: Immigrants, Artists on Edge

Photography Museum to Launch Multimedia Exhibitions on Saturday

(January 19, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Whether in the “rough art” of a Chicago street visionary who reinvented herself in a bus station photo booth, or images and voices of families striving and sweating in a Coachella Valley colonia, intense personal exposure is a common theme of a pair of multimedia shows opening at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at UCR/California Museum of Photography in Riverside.

Guest curators Deborah Klochko and John Turner bring the many veering visions of “Create and Be Recognized: Photography on the Edge” to UCR/CMP from San Francisco, where it was organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The show is the first comprehensive survey of collage, photomontage and manipulation/tableau created by untrained visionaries, the curators say.

Alongside the Trailways-station self-portraits of Lee Godie, the show features the work of Morton Bartlett, a Harvard-educated photographer obsessed with creating the ultimate family photo album; the childhood squatter’s barracks photos of August Walla, institutionalized with schizophrenia at 16; “extraterrestrial” images from the insides of rocks, photographed, traced and painted by science fiction writer Richard Shaver; and intimate glimpses into the realities of 13 other outsider artists.

“Deborah and I fell extremely privileged to have the opportunity to present these intriguing and provocative bodies of photography-based work to the larger art community, and hope its exposure will enlarge the medium’s borders,” Turner said.

In her show “Life Cycles: Reflections of Change and a New Hope for Future Generations,” photographer Jackalyn Lopez Garcia examines the personal histories of seven migrant farm worker families in the Coachella Valley. Dreams of economic independence draw immigrants to the area’s colonia enclaves, but the work is hard and the desert conditions are harsh. Garcia and a team of researchers interviewed residents, and their voices are featured along with their images in the documentary’s multimedia installation, which includes an interactive Web site.

Garcia, director of the Communities for Virtual Research at UC Riverside, has been featured in group and solo shows throughout Southern California and in Europe. She teaches photography, art and multimedia studies at community colleges in Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

Both shows open at the museum on Saturday, Jan. 21, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., and will run through April 15. Admission to the opening and reception is free on Saturday. The museum’s usual entry fee is $1, with free admission for members, students and seniors.

The UCR/California Museum of Photography is an off-campus department of UC Riverside’s Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences division, and is located on Riverside’s downtown Pedestrian Mall at 3824 Main Street.

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