January 31st 2013 Exhibitions
Time 6:00 pm
Campus UM
Location University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center
Title James Welling: Open Space Photography Exhibition
Phone Contact 545-3670
January 31 - May 5, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 30, 5-7pm

In Conversation: James Welling and Lorne Falk* at 5:30pm

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artist James Welling. This exhibition will focus on the photographer's work in New England from 1970 to 2010. Included are Welling's earliest experiments in photography, video, and watercolor, all harking back to his formative years in Connecticut. The exhibition concludes with his remarkable Glass House series (2006 2009). This architectural landmark by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT, became a laboratory for Welling's ideas about transparency, reflectivity, and color. His recent videos, taken at the Glass House at different seasons of the year, will also be premiered in this exhibition.

James Welling has created beautiful and challenging pictures for over thirty-five years. His practice has addressed an impressive range of issues and ideas: the tenets of realism and transparency, abstraction and representation, optics and description, personal and cultural memory, and the material and chemical nature of photography. His photographs are as much about vision, light, negative and positive space, as they are about the depicted image and subject. Using an experimental approach to the medium of photography, Welling investigates a variety of formal and theoretical ideas about picture making. His work has helped transform the history and practice of contemporary photography.

James Welling is a seminal figure in the "Pictures Generation," a group of photographers (including Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, and others), who emerged in the U.S. in the 1970s. In 2009, Welling's work was featured in the critically acclaimed historical survey, The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Welling's work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. James Welling is Professor in the Department of Art at UCLA and was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University in fall 2012. His work is held in major museum collections all over the world.

Related event in conjunction with the exhibition:

In Conversation: James Welling with Lorne Falk
Wednesday, January 30, 5:30pm

*Lorne Falk has worked in the arts and education for 38 years as a teacher, dean of faculty, residency program director, gallery director, curator, writer, and consultant in the arts and education. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Hampshire College, where he teaches courses in contemporary art history and culture.

Museum Hours: Tuesday Friday, 11:00 AM 4:30 PM, Saturday/Sunday 2 5 PM
Closed Mondays, holidays, and spring break (March 16 25)

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