by Jim Nintzel
Etherton Gallery's latest show is Then + Now, a collection of photography by Mark Klett. The show continues through March 21, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 10. More details here.
Here's the word on the show, via Etherton Gallery:
Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of work by photographer Mark Klett, Then + Now. Both narrator and participant, poet and geologist, Mark Klett is renowned for reinventing landscape photography beginning in the 1970s by rephotographing locations previously visited by 19th and early 20th century photographers and pairing or incorporating the earlier images with his photographs to comment on physical and cultural changes in the western landscape. Klett has spent his career exploring the ways in which a subject—whether the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone—is defined and even misrepresented through photography. The show contrasts images from the series, Revealing Territory (c. late 1970s to late 1980s) with work from the recent series, Camino del Diablo (2011-2013). Both series record Klett’s personal observations of the landscape. Camino del Diablo is based on the memoir of Raphael Pumpelly, a young mining engineer who journeyed by stagecoach along the dangerous Camino del Diablo trail to take a job at the Santa Rita copper mine in 1860. His memoir, Across America and Asia (1870) was written roughly during the same period as the first western geological surveys that Klett covered in his early work. Revisiting the Camino del Diablo, which partly parallels the U.S.-Mexico border, took him through the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, suggesting a continuous narrative of violence in the American west, from the lawlessness of the Camino del Diablo to the violence of border politics that now dominates the area.
Mark Klett’s photography is in the permanent collections of prominent museums in the United States and Europe including the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; NGAW; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; TMMP; Victoria & Albert Museum London, England; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal; the High Museum, Atlanta; The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. ; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; International Center for Photography, New York, NY; and Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT. He received a B.S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, in 1974 and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey from 1974 to 1977. He obtained his M.F.A. in Photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Visual Studies Workshop program, in Rochester, NY in 1977. Mark Klett is a Regents’ Professor at the Herberger College of Art, School of Art at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and has taught at ASU since 1982.