Putting it All Out There

California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock presents exhibition featuring all 2015 acquisitions

Installation view, Barbara Kasten, The Ruins, 1990 Photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Let’s switch it up, and put it all out there for everyone to see. That’s exactly what the California Museum of Photography (CMP) at the University of California, Riverside’s ARTSblock is doing. The CMP’s “Rotation 2015” exhibition is a bit unconventional in that it will feature everything the museum acquired during 2015, and all in the order it was received.

“‘Rotation 2015’ delves into the recent collecting activities of the CMP,” explained Joanna Szupinska-Myers, curator of exhibitions at CMP. “Organized in order of acquisition, the exhibition constructs a narrative of the objects that entered the CMP collection last year.”

When you enter any exhibit, in any museum, it’s often set up by a certain genre or theme. The genre can be anything from landscapes to portraiture, or the theme could be something like “the American West,” however the curator decides best to organize the art objects for presentation based on their holdings or conceptual framework.

Installation view, Owla Koki, K.K. Stereo Camera, c. 1958 (foreground), and Phil Chang, Untitled (Yellow-Green Monochrome 01), 2015 (background) Photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock

Installation view, Owla Koki, K.K. Stereo Camera, c. 1958 (foreground), and Phil Chang, Untitled (Yellow-Green Monochrome 01), 2015 (background)
Photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock

The CMP, similar to all other museums, has carried on with this type of exhibit-building since its conception. But as a university museum, Szupinska-Myers explained, museum staff feel obligated to be experimental both in the artwork shown and in the organization of those exhibitions for the public. And, she said, “Rotation 2015” has an added educational benefit.

“Such transparency about when, how, and why works are acquired and used illuminates the multiple decisions that build the collection and the institution,” Szupinska-Myers said. “How many people actually know how a museum operates? We saw this as an opportunity to educate the public on how collections are built, why we make the decision to acquire a certain artwork for the permanent collection, how we integrate it into the system, and why we don’t just take everything that’s offered to us as a donation.”

The CMP renovated the third-floor gallery to encompass 670 additional square feet of exhibition space, totaling 2,670 square feet, to be able to feature “Rotation 2015.”

Selections from the DeGenaro Postmortem and Memorial Photography Collection Photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock

Selections from the DeGenaro Postmortem and Memorial Photography Collection
Photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock

“Museum-goers will encounter works by historically important artists of the recent past such as Ansel Adams, Robert Rauschenberg, and Man Ray, as well as works of contemporary artists using photography today including Phil Chang, Whitney Hubbs, Barbara Kasten, and Penelope Umbrico. All of these acquisitions represent an initiative to build the collection in the areas of modern and contemporary photography,” said Tyler Stallings, interim executive director of UCR ARTSblock.

The exhibition is open and continues through June 24, 2017. There will be a summer reception for “Rotation 2015,” on Thursday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

 

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: mojgan.sherkat@ucr.edu
Twitter: mojgansherkat

Additional Contacts

Joanna Szupinska-Myers
Tel: (951) 827-4788
E-mail: joanna.szupinska@ucr.edu

Archived under: Arts/Culture, , , , , , , , ,

Top of Page