The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography
Sept. 17, 2011 — Jan. 8, 2012
Selections from one of the world’s best private collections of photography will be on display this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida.
Curated from the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla by MOCA Curator Ben Thompson and UNF assistant professor of photography Paul Karabinis, “Shared Vision” features 200 iconic images that reflect the rich and diverse nature of the past 100 years of photography. Street scenes, the human form and environment, unique viewpoints, children and spectacular landscapes represent just a portion of the amazing holdings amassed by two individuals that ARTnews ranks among the world’s top ten photo collectors. The exhibition features prominent photographers including Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Doug and Mike Starn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sally Mann, Loretta Lux and Ansel Adams.
Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla’s collaboration hinges on a few underlying principles—mainly, to acquire works of major importance by leading photographers of their generation and to focus on vintage prints. Although each of the collectors brings a different point of view to the photography—Gonzalez-Falla analyzes color and form, while Gilman responds to images on a more visceral level—these distinct approaches merge into a single, shared vision and emanate from the same goal: to collect photographs that move and inspire them.
No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape
UNF Gallery at MOCA
Sept. 7 — Nov. 6, 2011
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville presents No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape, a photography exhibition that investigates the visual, societal, and ecological consequences of postwar development. The photographers of the exhibition revel the ordinary in a unique and thoughtful manner that encourages contemplation regarding modern land-use practices and the particulars of place. Participating photographers include Jeremiah Ariaz, Bryon Darby, Jeff Rich, Matt Siber, Steven B. Smith, Amy Stein, Michael Vahrenwald and Scott Wheeler.