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Exhibition of Chiarenza photographs opens at UI Museum of Art

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit the works of photographer Carl Chiarenza from Dec. 6 to March 1 in the Carver Gallery of the museum. Chiarenza is a noted abstract photographer as well as an art historian and critic at the University of Rochester.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Chiarenza will appear at the UI in January to meet with graduate students in the School of Art and Art History and to talk about his photography for the museum's "Perspectives" series at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

Chiarenza's photographs, which primarily depict abstract landscapes, are created by a unique and painstaking process. Chiarenza first carefully arranges torn pieces of paper, fabric and photographic materials into a small collage, then repeatedly photographs the collage with black and white film, adjusting the materials to capture specific shading and forms.

When Chiarenza is satisfied with the negatives, he then repeatedly edits and prints them, sometimes dramatically altering the original picture. The results are printed to large scale prints.

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the UI Museum of Art, said, "Carl Chiarenza is a of very few original photographic talent, who works with abstract forms in a way that is both lyrical and dramatic."

Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at more than 85 institutions throughout the United States, and his photographs have been shown in more than 200 exhibitions. He is currently the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.