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UCR/CMP Unveils New Exhibits

UCR/CMP Unveils New Exhibits

LI Zhensheng's "Red-Color News Soldier" photographs make their U.S. debut.

(April 23, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Exhibits featuring photographs of China’s Cultural Revolution, religious rites of passage and sports heroes open Saturday, April 28 at the UCR/California Museum of Photography.

The exhibits will be unveiled during a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 28 at the museum, 3824 Main St., Riverside. Admission to the reception and exhibits April 28 is free.
New at the museum are:

• LI Zhensheng’s “Red-Color News Soldier,” which is making its United States premiere at UCR/CMP. It is the first in-depth visual testament to the brutality and chaos that swept through China during the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76. LI Zhensheng was born in 1940 in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China. He worked as a photographer for the Heilongjiang Daily in northeastern China for 19 years before starting a teaching career at the International Political Science Institute of the University of Beijing. The museum received funding and support for this exhibit from UCR's Center for Ideas and Society, and from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The exhibit was produced by Contact Press Images and curated by Robert Pledge. It runs through July 7.

• “Feast: Christy Johnson and 33 Confessors,” an exhibit comprising three distinct components: a floor-to-ceiling photographic installation, a video projection and a book of her expanding archive of First Communion photographs. Spanning the years 1877-1970, the anonymous portraits explore how the female body is socially and sexually constructed through religious ritual and track the prevalence and influence of these rites of passage. Johnson’s video installation presents a contemporary pre-teen couple re-enacting Catholic ceremonies. A book of first-hand testimony from 33 female first communicants between the ages of 8 and 80 is arranged with the anonymous portraits. The exhibit is organized by Ciara Ennis. It runs through July 7.

• “Collections: No More Heroes,” which explores the phenomenon of iconic sports heroes — how they materialize in society and the qualities they embody that are revered. The exhibition presents traditional images of sporting activities and stars drawn from the CMP's Keystone-Mast and Will Connell collections, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jack Dempsey, and Amelia Earhart. These images are juxtaposed with newspaper articles cataloguing sports scandals from the past 30 years, pasted floor to ceiling on the gallery walls. The exhibit was curated by Jason Chakravarty and Ciara Ennis. It runs through July 27.

Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Regular admission is $3: students and seniors are admitted free.

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