Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others. For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime.
Friday, October 17th, 9:30am - 12:00pm, Utah Museum of Fine Art
Artist talk and print showing with Patrick Nagatani, docent-led tour of the Fazal Sheikh photography exhibition.
Patrick Nagatani was born in Chicago in 1945, just days after the Enola Gay bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Born to Japanese-American parents-his father's family lived just outside of Hiroshima-that cataclysmic event would resonate throughout Nagatani's life and work. The theatrical nature of Nagatani's work reflects his experiences working in the Hollywood film industry in the 1970s, where he built special-effects models for science fiction films such as Bladerunner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In Nuclear Enchantment, Nagatani deftly combines photography with built sets and Hollywood-style "special effects" to question the ways in which photography shapes our ideas about historical truth.
(Patrick will be giving two intimate artist talks and print showings to a limited number of SPE Members on October 17, 10a-12p at the Utah Museum of Fine Art. Preregistration and additional fee required.)