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The Pomona College Museum of Art Presents "Wide Angle: Recent Photography Acquisitions"

The Pomona College Museum of Art presents “Wide Angle: Recent Photography Acquisitions,” a range of 300 photographs acquired by Pomona College since 2004 that parallels the range of the medium itself.

The exhibition will be on view November 5 through December 17, 2006. An opening reception will be held at the Museum from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, November 5. A performance at 4 p.m. in Lyon Garden by the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bobby Bradford, precedes the opening. Both events are free and open to the public.

The collection includes nineteenth-century portraiture and World War II photo-journalism; New York street photography and European pictorialism; Modernism and post-modern inventions. Featured are works by Joel-Peter Witkin, Aaron Siskind, Robert Capa, Gustave Le Gray, and Garry Winogrand, among others.

Joel-Peter Witkin’s “Fictional Store Fronts: Camera Store Window” (2004), a meditation on the range of photographic practice, introduces the exhibition. The photographs in the exhibition speak to the protean and multi-faceted quality of photography as a medium—its use in commercial studio practice, for forms of documentation and reportage, for aesthetic expression, and for personal memoir.

Portraiture has been a mainstay of photography since its inception. The Museum is pleased to present a group of portraits by the nineteenth-century photographer Gustave Le Gray.

Photo-journalism is represented by Robert Capa’s photographs of the 1949 Israeli War and Soviet photographer Markov-Grinberg’s records of the Soviet Union during and immediately after the Second World War.

A selection of work from Eastern European photographers reveals the changing artistic styles and concerns. The rhythms of the street and life in late twentieth century America are the subjects plumbed by Aaron Siskind, Larry Fink, and Garry Winogrand.
The exhibition also offers a chance to appreciate the work of under-recognized mid-century masters, Leon Levinstein, Jan Laushmann, and Cas Oorthuys. Contemporary photographer Patrick Nagatani offers constructed tableaux of New Mexico’s nuclear history. The work presented in this exhibition spans the practice of photography from the early Scots partnership of Hill and Adamson (1842) to work by Robert Stivers (2000).

The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 N. College Avenue, Claremont. The museum is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

The Pomona College Museum of Art collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art. The Museum houses a substantial permanent collection as well as serving as a gallery for the display of temporary exhibitions. Important holdings include the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; more than 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, including basketry, ceramics, and beadwork; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs, including works by Francisco de Goya, José Clemente Orozco, and Rico Lebrun.