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George Eastman Museum : Carl Chiarenza : Journey into the Unknown


Throughout his career, Carl Chiarenza (American, b. 1935) has demonstrated that photographs can provide much more than just documentary evidence. Rather than create straightforward records of the cast-off materials that appear before his camera, Chiarenza photographically transforms them into new and provocative images. His photographs often bear little resemblance to their actual subjects and instead suggest mysterious worlds that viewers are invited to explore. This retrospective exhibition spans the Rochester-based artist’s entire career, beginning with early photographs Chiarenza made as a high school student in Rochester in the 1950s and concluding with a large selection of his most recent work in collage. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to follow the continuities and ruptures in Chiarenza’s artistic journey as his career enters its seventh decade. Generously supported by the Rubens Family Foundation.


Carl Chiarenza: Journey into the Unknown
February 4, 2021–June 20, 2021

George Eastman Museum

900 East Avenue, Rochester

New York 14607, United States




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