Past Exhibitions

Transmutation: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza
November 11 through December 19, 2013

Transmutation: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza chronicles the evolution of the artist’s photography, exploring how his tightly framed, documentary-style images from the 1960s and 70s present a vocabulary of abstraction that would be further developed in his ongoing series of photographed collages, he started in the 1979, constructed from scrap materials. The exhibition will also chart Chiarenza’s move from working primarily with single photographs to the production of sequential images in order to expand on concepts of photographic time and space.

Chiarenza is Artist-in-Residence, and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, at the University of Rochester. He was Fanny Knapp Allen Professor there (1986-1998). At Boston University (1963-1986), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History. Born 1935, in Rochester NY, he received a M.S. (1959) and A.M. (1964) from Boston University and the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973. 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, and in over 250 group exhibitions since 1957.

More information on the artist can be found at

This exhibition is organized and curated by Buffalo-based artist and photography historian Robert Hirsch.

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

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