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March 15, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

19th and 20th Century Photographs at Scripps College March 21 through April 1, 2011

I voted for this photograph (click to enlarge). I’m glad it won the contest and I’m looking forward to seeing the show the guest student curator puts together. Whoever it is, they have an impressive selection of photographs to choose from. The bulk of Scripps’ permanent photography collection was donated in 2008 by alumna C. Jane Hurley and Michael G. Wilson.  That same year they received a gift of 100 Andy Warhol Polaroids and 50 silver gelatin prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation. You can view the archive in person if you call and make an appointment at this number: (909) 607-8090.

“For the first time in the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s history, social media has been used to select the content of an exhibit. Our fans chose Helen Levitt’s New York, New York as their favorite work from a selection of the Gallery’s permanent collection in a Facebook-based online promotion during early February. Gallery interns, along with a student drawn at random from submissions to our curatorial pool, will use this voters’ choice as the centerpiece of the exhibit in Gallery 112.

Streetview: A Spectrum in Black and White, will feature 20th century black-and-white photography, and focus on different aspects of interaction and identity in urban life.

The student curatorial team has selected works by Diane Arbus, Lillian Bassman, James H. Black, Margaret Bourke-White, William Heick, Jessica Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

An opening reception will be held on March 24 at 8 pm at Gallery 112 in Lang Art Studio located on the north side of the Millard Sheets Art Center (campus map). Live music and refreshments will be served.

Photo caption:

Helen Levitt, New York, New York, c. 1942. Gelatin silver print, 11″x14″. Purchase made possible by the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund.”

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