INFOCUS Calendar of Events

NOV 17

PhotoBid Image Copyright
November 17, 2016

6:00PM - 9:00PM
Phoenix Art Museum
Great Hall

Early Bird Tickets available soon.

PhotoBid 2016 Gala Art Auction

Save the date — Early bird ticket pricing coming soon!

Join fellow art lovers and collectors for this exciting annual fundraiser, now in its eighth year. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just starting out, INFOCUS Photobid is a fun, welcoming event where you can mingle with people who share a passion for photography and bring home an original work of art – all to benefit INFOCUS and the photography programs at Phoenix Art Museum and in our community.

Organized by INFOCUS, and curated by Dr. Rebecca Senf, PhotoBid will offer both silent and live auction components, featuring more than 50 signed limited-edition photographic prints and books by acclaimed photographers throughout Arizona and the United States. Guests will also enjoy a raffle, door prizes, music, hors d'oeuvres and a well-stocked bar.

Image © Jesse Tallman 2015

MAY 28 ~
OCT 16

David Taylor: Here and Abroad
May 28 - October 16, 2016

Phoenix Art Museum
Norton Family Photography Gallery

David Taylor: Here and Abroad

During a period of rapid change along the US-Mexico border in 2007, Arizona-based artist David Taylor began photographing the 276 monuments that delineate the border between Mexico and the United States, documenting each of the obelisks installed by the International Boundary Commission following the Mexican/American War.

In the process of his work, and as tensions in the area grew and the zone became increasingly politicized, Taylor became familiar with the region and undertook an extensive survey, one that rigorously engages the documentation conducted by Boundary Commission photographer D.R. Payne between 1891 and 1895. David Taylor: Here and Abroad includes the full portfolio of monument photographs, installed in numerical order, to form a grid. The exhibition also features recent photographs that complement and expand upon the artist’s documentation of the monuments. Primarily made in Tijuana, these additional photographs, a combination of expansive landscape views and images of people and interiors, are meant to reveal a space that is simultaneously foreign and familiar, much like the border itself.

Read more about David Taylor

Border Monument image © David Taylor.

JUL 1 ~
SEP 18

Edward Burtynsky: WATER
July 1 - September 18, 2016

Phoenix Art Museum
Steele Gallery

Edward Burtynsky: WATER

WATER features Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky’s exploration of humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource. Between 2007 and 2012, Burtynsky traveled the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, crafting an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented lifecycle. Burtynsky’s enormous aerial images trace the various roles that water plays in modern life—as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource. Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the abstract pictures hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.

The exhibition is organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and is supported by INFOCUS and Contemporary Forum.

Read more about Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky, Native American Reservation / Suburb, Phoenix, Arizona, USA 2011. © Edward Burtynsky.

AUG 20 ~
NOV 26

August 20 - November 26, 2016

Center for Creative Photography

INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks

The INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published PhotoBooks includes 151 self-made contemporary photobooks selected by a jury of seven industry professionals. In 2014, INFOCUS issued a call for entries, resulting in nearly 300 submissions, from which jurors reviewed and selected the photobooks that exhibited thoughtful design, sophisticated relationships of image and text, innovation in the book form, or all these characteristics. The range of subject matter and approach to book making is so varied, there is sure to be something for everyone. Books will be displayed on tables to allow exhibition visitors to handle, read, and explore them, a first within the Center’s University of Arizona galleries.

AUG 20 ~
NOV 26

Karl Blossfeldt Blumenbachia hieronymi.
August 20 - November 26, 2016

Center for Creative Photography

Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones

If you missed Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones: Still Life from the Center for Creative Photography while it was at Phoenix Art Museum this spring, it will reopen at the CCP this summer. While many of these 60 still life photographs were conceived for a range of purposes outside of fine art, from advertising images to teaching aids, all make full use of photography’s ability to render rich detail. To deepen the experience, the photographs are paired with short pieces of text – both poetry and prose – that invite visitors into a space of contemplation.

Karl Blossfeldt, Blumenbachia hieronymi. Geschlossene Samenkapsel, 18mal vergrössert, 1900. Collection Center for Creative Photography.


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