Richard Misrach : Border Cantos
Sponsored by: Art Bridges
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Amarillo College Concert Hall Theater
Book Signing to Follow, Amarillo Museum of Art
Richard Misrach has been photographing in the American West for over 40 years. Since 2004, he has focused on the 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico. His photographs, organized into 8 groups, explore different facets and implications of the border. From the various implementations of the wall that separate the two countries from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and the resulting creation of a "third nation", to a meditation on the personal items abandoned by migrants crossing the wilderness, Misrach’s work explores a wide array of meaning.
In 2011, Misrach enlisted Mexican-American composer Guillermo Galindo to participate in a dynamic bilingual, multimedia collaboration. Out of found migrant belongings and Border Patrol artifacts mostly retrieved by Misrach, Galindo fabricated sculptural instruments which can be played and for which he created haunting compositions. The resulting project, Border Cantos, includes large-scale photographs, instruments and sound installations, is currently touring museums throughout the US. Misrach will be lecturing on the extensive photographic component, the partnership with Galindo and its larger political, cultural and esthetic context.
Richard Misrach was born in 1949 in Los Angeles. He has spent four decades photographing the American landscape, paying special attention to the desert Southwest, Louisiana and Hawaii.
Misrach’s photographs are held in the collections of most major institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has had one-person exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Musee d' Art Moderne, Paris. The awards he has received include four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Kulturpreis for Lifetime Achievement in Photography.
Misrach’s work is the subject of over twenty monographs including Bravo 20: The Bombing of the American West; Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach; On the Beach; Destroy this Memory; Petrochemical America; The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings and Border Cantos.