Photography exhibition set for JCC Weeks Gallery

JAMESTOWN – “Transmutation,” an exhibition of photographic works by Carl Chiarenza, will open in the Weeks Gallery on Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus with a special reception on Nov. 13.

Chiarenza, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Rochester, will discuss the exhibition at 6:30 p.m. in the Weeks Reception Hall. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition was organized and curated by Buffalo-based artist and photography historian Robert Hirsch. “Transmutation” chronicles the evolution of the artist’s photography, exploring how his tightly framed, documentary-style images from the 1960s and ’70s present abstractions that were further developed in his series of photographed collages constructed from scrap materials.

“These monumental photographs are taken with a large format camera and depict small scraps of paper – debris really – and photographed at very close range,” noted Patricia Briggs, Weeks Gallery director.

“The photographs are in a sense still life works, depicting very small things on a monumental scale,” Dr. Briggs added. “Because the negatives are so large, the photographs can be printed very large without loss of any detail. The works are stark and stunning.”

The exhibition, on display until Dec. 19, also charts Chiarenza’s move from working primarily with single photographs to the production of sequential images to expand on concepts of photographic time and space.

Chiarenza taught at the University of Rochester from 1986 to 1998 and at Boston University from 1963 to 1986. A Rochester native, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Boston University and a doctorate at Harvard University.

Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states since 1966. His photographs have been seen in over 80 one-person shows and in over 250 group exhibitions since 1957.

The exhibition, lecture and reception are made possible by support from JCC, the JCC Faculty Student Association, the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities, and the JCC Foundation.

The Weeks Gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Visit weeksgallery.sunyjcc.edu for more information on upcoming events and programing.