Szegedy-Maszak’s Photography Collection Displayed at Davison Art Center

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The exhibition, “Converging to a Center: Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick,” opened March 30 at the Davison Art Center.

Photography has evolved dramatically since 1970, when Wesleyan's Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Professor of Classical Studies and Environmental Studies Andrew Szegedy-Maszak started collecting. This exhibition highlights 35 photographs acquired in the last two decades, photographs that reveal the shift from the intimate scale of gelatin-silver prints to immersive large-scale color digital images.

Photography has evolved dramatically since 1970, when Wesleyan’s Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Professor of Classical Studies and Environmental Studies Andrew Szegedy-Maszak (pictured at left) started collecting. This exhibition highlights 35 photographs that Szegedy-Maszak and Bobrick acquired in the last two decades.

"Converging to a Center" features the photographs of 24 artists of reflects the internationalism of photography today. The image pictured at right is John Humble’s “The Los Angeles River from Downey Road, Vernon,” from the series The Los Angeles River in 2001. Humble created more than 60 images of this industrialized river, from its source in the San Fernando Valley to its mouth at Long Beach. After decades of flood control, 94 percent of the river course is lined with concrete banks.

“Converging to a Center” features the photographs of 24 artists of reflects the internationalism of photography today. The image pictured at right is John Humble’s “The Los Angeles River from Downey Road, Vernon,” from the series The Los Angeles River, 2001. Humble created more than 60 images of this industrialized river, from its source in the San Fernando Valley to its mouth at Long Beach. After decades of flood control, 94 percent of the river course is lined with concrete banks.

The photographs on display reveal the shift from the intimate scale of gelatin-silver prints to immersive large-scale color digital images, however the artists retain connections to the earlier traditions of landscape, genre, and portrait photography. Featured artists include Adou, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, George Georgiuo, Richard Misrach, Abelardo Morell, Robert Adams, Joe Deal, and Richard Misrach, Curran Hatleberg, Jem Southam and others.

The photographs on display reveal the shift from the intimate scale of gelatin-silver prints to immersive large-scale color digital images, however the artists retain connections to the earlier traditions of landscape, genre, and portrait photography. Featured artists include Adou, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, George Georgiuo, Richard Misrach, Abelardo Morell, Robert Adams, Joe Deal, and Richard Misrach, Curran Hatleberg, Jem Southam and others.

A gallery goer examines an archival pigment print titled “We’re Moving (Again)” photographed by Wesleyan alumna Lindsay Keys ’11 in 2014.

A gallery goer examines an archival pigment print titled “We’re Moving (Again)” photographed by Wesleyan alumna Lindsay Keys ’11 in 2014.

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On exhibit is Jocelyn Lee’s pigment print “Untitled (Fiona in Water),” photographed in 2009.

Davison Art Center curator Clare Rogan, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick gather at the "Converging to a Center" exhibit.

Davison Art Center curator Clare Rogan, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak and Elizabeth Bobrick gather at the “Converging to a Center” exhibit.

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The exhibit will be on display through May 28. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)