Victoria Sambunaris at The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the “Make Reservation” button below:
In this unique dialogue, Matthew Coolidge, founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Victoria Sambunaris, photographer, discuss their photographic practice and shared interest in landscape as a photographic subject. After individual presentations of their work, Coolidge and Sambunaris converse and take questions from the audience.
Founded in 1994 and based in Culver City, the Center for Land Use Interpretation exists to stimulate discussion, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape. The Center develops exhibitions and other resources to increase understanding of the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface. Matthew Coolidge serves as project director, photographer, and curator of exhibitions organized by the Center. He has taught at the California College of the Arts and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004.
Photographer Victoria Sambunaris, who participated in the Wendover Residence Program operated by the Center for Land Use Interpretation in 2004, has been interested in landscape ever since she became a photographer. A nomad of sorts, Sambunaris structures each year of her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. These journeys have taken her throughout the Northeast, across the western plains, to the Salton Sea, Petrified Forest, and around the mines of Nevada. She has traveled to Alaska and through the Arctic Circle to reach Prudhoe Bay. Most recently she followed the United States—Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics, and culture.
Complements the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape.
This relationship, between the railroad, the landcape, and the mediating lens of the camera, is the subject of “Permanent Way,” a new exhibition at apexart in Tribeca, that places contemporary American railway photography in the context of historical images and documents from the nineteenth century, when the railway first made its way across the country. It’s an unusual show in that it is historical in nature but not particularly pedantic — there are no meandering wall texts — this no doubt reflecting the background of curator Brian Sholis, a former editor at Artforum and now a doctoral student in American history.
“Permanent Way” runs through July 28 at apexart (291 Church Street, NYC). On July 8, Sholis will lead a New York walking tour tied to the show.
We’re thrilled to connect you to one of the most respected and well-known American landscape photographers, Victoria Sambunaris. We caught up with our good friend and expert road tripper, who is photographing the intersection of geology, politics and culture along the volatile, international border between the United States and Mexico. For over 10 years, Sambunaris has structured her year around a photographic journey crisscrossing the American landscape, so she definitely knows a thing or two about food on the road. In answering our 3 questions, Sambunaris took us straight to the heart of the beautiful and delicate world of border life; a world Americans have strong opinions about but few have personally experienced.