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In our ongoing effort to enhance access to the Center’s renowned collection, we are going to try something new. Photo Fridays—a popular series of themed print viewings that began in 2011—will be replaced by a special gallery that will feature both recent acquisitions and a changing selection of treasures from our vaults. Unlike Photo Friday, which took place just once a month, the works in this gallery (debuting in early 2015) will be able to be enjoyed by all during the Center’s open hours.

Katharine Martinez, Director
Performance: Contemporary Photography from the Douglas Nielsen Collection
On View Through January 4, 2015
This unique exhibition of  photography from the personal collection of collector, choreographer, and University of Arizona School of Dance Professor Douglas Nielsen continues. Read more...
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Members of Friends of CCP enjoy invitations to members-only private print viewings, behind-the-scenes tours of the Center and exhibition tours with the curators. Visit the UA Foundation donation page to make a contribution, or contact Ruth McCutcheon, Director of Development, for more information: mccutcheonr@ccp.arizona.edu, 520-626-1006.
The Center will be closed the following upcoming dates:
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28

  • Christmas: Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25

  • New Year's Day: Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 19, 2015

Coaching Conservation Professionals
Shannon Brogdon-Grantham preparing two Aaron Siskind prints for exhibition
October 2014 marked the two-year anniversary of the Center’s conservation department. During its initial two years the department focused on furnishing a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory, implementing a building-wide environmental monitoring program, supporting collection access including exhibition, public programming, and research activities, and contributing to new scholarship about archive artists.

The United States has four Masters-level programs that educate and train professional conservators in a variety of disciplines.  These programs are located at Buffalo State, New York University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Delaware.  Each of these programs requires their graduate-level conservation students to complete summer and/or year-long internships in conservation laboratories within cultural institutions, regional centers or private conservation practices to meet their degree requirements. 

In the summer of 2014 the depeartment added to its list of achievements contributing to the education and training of emerging conservators when it hosted its first conservation intern, Amy Brost. Amy is currently a third-year Fellow majoring in new media in the NYU conservation program. During her internship, Amy assisted with preparing prints for the exhibition All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography (currently on display at the Phoenix Art Museum), she contributed to our environmental monitoring program, experimented with different mounting techniques for gelatin silver prints, and created an electronic template for capturing conservation and preservation information about archive collections at the time of acquisition. As a new media major, Amy is particularly interested in the preservation of time-based media, including audio-visual works. Given this special interest she was well suited to conduct an oral history interview with the Center’s first Director, Harold Jones, about the artist interviews in the Center’s collection that he has been recording since 1975. In an excerpt from her synopsis of their July 30, 2014 interview Amy wrote: “The fact that interviews were collected at all is entirely due to Harold’s vision. He had always thought it would be wonderful to hear Hippolyte Bayard, Edward Weston, or Timothy O’Sullivan talk about their work in their own words.”

In September of 2014, the conservation department welcomed Shannon Brogdon-Grantham, third-year Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, as a year-long conservation intern. Shannon is majoring in photograph conservation with a minor in paper conservation. She will work in the conservation lab until August 2015 fully incorporated into conservation department activities including exhibition work, preventive conservation, collection management and research. When asked why she was interested in spending her third-year at the Center for Creative Photography, Shannon replied: “To work with such a diverse collection in an institution dedicated to the photographic medium is truly a rare opportunity. During this year, I look forward to utilizing the Center’s resources to the fullest extent possible, to broaden and enhance my understanding of the connoisseurship, craft, and material science of photography.” Look for an update from Shannon about her internship work in an upcoming Focal Point.

Given the quality of its collection materials and staff, the Center can provide unique educational opportunities for emerging museum and archive professionals. The conservation department is thrilled to be augmenting the mentoring opportunities available at the CCP. 

Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator
All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography
When: November 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Where: Phoenix Art Museum

Presenting platinum photographs from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography from both 19th century and contemporary practices, including works by Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, William E. Macnaughtan, Peter Henry Emerson, Dick Arentz and more. Read more...

Learn more about the CCP & Phoenix Art Museum Collaboration
PETER HENRY EMERSON A Reed-Cutter at Work, ca. 1885. Platinum print. Purchase, Collection Center for Creative Photography
WILLIAM E. MACNAUGHTAN A Connecticut River, 1912. Platinum print. Gift of Mrs. Raymond C. Collins, Collection Center for Creative Photography
The Center for Creative Photography loans works from its fine art and archive collections to major institutions around the world. You can view a list of current and upcoming exhibitions to which the CCP has loaned works here.
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