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November 2, 2013
Boston University
Trustee Ballroom
1 Silber Way
Boston, MA

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1. Richard Misrach

Desert Fire #81, 1984/1988
Ektacolor Plus Print, 6/25
Signed Recto, 20 x 24 in.
Courtesy of anonymous donor


For more than forty years, photographer Richard Misrach (b. 1949) has made provocative work addressing contemporary society’s relationship to nature, particularly the American West. Though he began his career working in black and white photography, he shifted to color, creating larger scale images with vibrant colors starting in 1978. In 1980, Misrach embarked on his ongoing series Desert Cantos (after poet Ezra Pounds’ The Cantos, a long poem comprised of over a hundred sections). His other noteworthy series are Cancer Alley, which concentrates on the industrial strip along the Mississippi River, Golden Gate, which focuses on the Golden Gate Bridge, and more recently Destroy This Memory, which are images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions around the world at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), San Francisco Museum of Fine Art (CA), Houston Museum of Fine Arts (TX), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France). Misrach’s work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ), Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, .and Metropolitan Museum of Art (all New York City), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art (both Washington DC).

Misrach’s work has been the subject of over a dozen monographs, and he has received several noteworthy awards in the arts, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and in 2002 the Kulturpreis for Lifetime Achievement in Photography.

Misrach is represented by the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles, and Pace MacGill Gallery in New York City.

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Keynote Speaker
Peter Galassi
Former Curator of Photography,
Museum of Modern Art

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by
Tom Wolfe

Marie Cosindas

Robin S.R. Starr
Vice President,
Director of American & European Works of Art
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