Recollected: Photography and the Archive
September 23 - December 23
Sutro Library 5th Floor Reading Room
Sutro Library Reading Room
J. Paul Leonard Library, 5th floor
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Much has been written about the archive and its role in defining history. Photography as a medium has been used to document and archive boundless topics, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Many artists use the photography of others as the source material of their work. Some photographers create new work through organizing and documenting existing non-photographic collections and archives. Both ways of interacting with the archive deepen the viewer’s insight into the formal organization of material used to preserve the past — recollecting history.
Sutro Library’s exhibit explores the image as artifact. Prior to photography, the eager public relied on master illustrators and artists to provide visuals showing the animals, people, places, food, temples, rivers and cities of faraway lands. Sutro’s exhibit juxtaposes early examples of illustrated travel narratives of Mexico, Peru, India, Egypt, Japan, Florida, and Cuba with their photographic cousins.
SFSU School of Art’s Fine Arts Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 23rd, 1–3pm
Free Public Program: Thursday, October 19th, 2–4pm, Selected artists from the exhibition present their work, introduced by SFSU Art History Professor Dr. Gwen Allen
This exhibition is supported by the University's Instructionally Related Student Activities Fund.
Artists: Chris Dorosz, Ian Everard, Doug Hall, Hung Liu, Kija Lucas, Sean McFarland, David Pace and Stephen Wirtz, Nigel Poor, Dina Rubiolo, Pamela Wilson Ryckman, Tina Takemoto, Catherine Wagner.
Sutro LibrarySpotlight Exhibit Monday, September 18, 2017