While working in the stacks the other day I stumbled upon this fantastic book of photography, West of Last Chance. Now, I had seen this title many times when walking past and I always wondered what it referred to. This time I picked it up and was blown away by the scope and beauty of this collection.
Having grown up in Colorado I know all about the desolate beauty of a High Plains desert. The photographer Peter Brown really captures the breathtaking beauty of wide open vistas. As the book says "You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn't pretty, but it's beautiful."
Sandra visits the Central Library for serendipitous browsing: scouting new authors and reigniting intellectual passions.
Sandra enjoys wandering the stacks at the Central Library on Sundays when her neighborhood branch library is closed and parking is free at the downtown meters. "If anyone ever asks me the most valuable item in my purse," says Sandra, "It's my library card."
THE CPAC 2011 JURIED SHOW features photographs by 23 artists based in the United States. Works were selected by photographer and Guggenheim Fellow Elijah Gowin and April Watson, associate curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Staff Art Show on display until February 27, 2011.
Next time you're at the Central Library, plan on spending some extra time to make your way up to Level 7. The beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery is housing this exhibit of fine art created by staff for the 8th consecutive year.
In addition to highlighting the creativity, diversity and individuality of the Denver Public Library staff, the gallery offers spectacular views of downtown Denver. Not to be missed!
The Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7
Recollection 2010 is a selection of more than 60 works from the 600-print collection of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Collectively the exhibition presents a remarkable 20th century survey of people and places. Most works in the show are vintage gelatin silver prints.
The Central Library, Western History Art Gallery - Level 5
Roger Whitacre worked as a commercial photographer in Denver for 35 years, between 1970 and 2005. His specialties included architectural, commercial and editorial photography, much of it focused on Denver’s architecture, including many of its historic landmarks and neighborhoods.
In conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, the Denver Public Library is displaying an exhibit of inspirational photography from Hazlo Ahora (Do it Now), in Mexico called De la Discapacidad (the ABC of Disability). The exhibit will be on display in Schlessman Hall at Central Library through July.
The Biennal is a month-long cultural celebration of innovation, imagination and the artistic achievement of the Western Hemisphere, hosted by the City of Denver. The exhibit also is a fitting way to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In 1984 Peter Feldstein photographed the residents of Oxford, Iowa. 20 years later he did it again. It's amazing to see how the people from this small town have changed (and how they haven't) and hear the stories of where they've been and where they're headed. A fascinating project.