Thursday, February 15, 2007

Photography in Glendale & Pasadena!

The Collectible Moment: Photographs in the Norton Simon Museum edited by Gloria Williams Sander is a current publication with a local connection because its editor is a Glendale resident. The Collectible Moment is a catalogue of a corresponding exhibition held at the Norton Simon Museum (closing Feb. 26). It celebrates the artists, directors, curators, and donors who helped shape the museum’s photography collection that was primarily collected between 1969 and 1974. This was a time when the medium of photography was not widely accepted as a collectible art form.

This publication also has a special relationship to the Brand Library. Not only is the book in the library’s collection but Gloria Williams Sander recently collaborated with the Brand Library staff to curate the exhibition Photo-Chimera: Ten California Photographers. Works of art in this unique exhibition challenge the popular expectations of photography as a reproductive, objective and even two-dimensional art form. Williams Sander wanted to create an exhibition that would differ from the one at the Norton Simon but also compliment its intent of celebrating the artistry and medium of photography. Photo-Chimera is currently on view at the Brand Library Art Galleries through February 23rd.

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