University of Rochester

Exhibition of new Photographs by Artist and Art Historian Carl Chiarenza

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (or by appointment) in Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere Photo, 439 Monroe Ave.; exhibit reception and signing of Evocations, Chiarenza's latest book of photographs, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

January 11, 2002

The latest photographs by Carl Chiarenza, renowned abstract artist, art historian, and critic, are now on display in Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere Photo through Feb. 16 in conjunction with publication of a new book of recent work, Evocations.

Chiarenza, artist in residence at the University of Rochester and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, continues to build on an impressive body of work over the last 50 years. His photographs are distinctive for their shades of black and white that result from the play of light on the wrinkles, folds, and torn edges of the collages he makes from varied papers, foils, and fabrics. Then, they become the basis of his images, which are produced as large photographic prints, occasionally reminiscent of landscapes. Selected photographs from the book are now on display at the gallery.

Evocations (Nazraeli Press, $75 hardbound, 80 duotone and four-color plates) unveils 80 of Chiarenza's most important photographs from the mid-1980s to 2000 with poetry by Rochester writer Robert Koch. During his career, Chiarenza has exhibited in more than 70 solo and 200 group exhibitions. He has lectured and taught workshops at more than 90 institutions, and his works and writings have been reviewed and reproduced in more than 175 publications.

Chiarenza joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 1986; previously, he held positions as art history department chairman, director of graduate studies, and professor of art at Boston University from 1964 to 1986. The Rochester native received his doctorate in art history from Harvard University, master's degrees in art history and in journalism from Boston University, and a bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere Photo is located at 439 Monroe Ave. and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Admission is free. A reception with the artist and book signing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

For more information on the exhibit or to purchase copies of Evocations, please contact (585) 461-4447 or check the Web at