The Expanded Photograph

The Expanded Photograph is an installment of the UNMAM permanent collection exhibition HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection.
On view in the newly renovated Van Deren Coke Gallery. 
Opening reception February 8, 2019.

Enlarging and amplifying the vision of HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection, The Expanded Photograph highlights rarely-exhibited objects from the UNMAM’s extensive photographic holdings. Featuring artists Thomas Barrow, Darryl Curran, Betty Hahn, James Hajicek, Robert Heinecken, Dennis Hopper, Harold Jones, Barbara Kasten, Elliot Ross, Sylvia Seventy, Michael Stone, and Lynton Wells, this installation is focused on the creative and nontraditional forms that photography took during the 1960s and 1970s. The Expanded Photograph explores ways in which these artists widened the horizons of fine art photography through the experimental manipulation of both commercial and historic photographic processes, as well as an unorthodox approach to image size, color, and content. Betty Hahn, a leading proponent of alternative processes and a photography professor at UNM from 1976-1997, compared this shift in creative perspective to a linguistic transformation, saying it was “like changing from a declarative sentence to a compound, complex statement of fact and fantasy.’” These unconventional strategies were a radical departure from the illusionistic, black and white imagery that otherwise defined post-war photography. The artists featured in this exhibition were pivotal to the development of important new ways of conceptualizing photography for successive generations of contemporary artists. 

Harold Henry Jones (American, b. 1940)
Untitled from the series Untitled Poems to the Sky, 1968
Hand-colored gelatin silver print
18 x 14 inches
Gift of the Artist

The photographic objects on view in The Expanded Photograph are all selected from the UNM Art Museum’s permanent collections, with a strong focus on UNM alumni and New Mexico artists, such as Thomas Barrow, Betty Hahn, Harold Jones, and James Hajicek. The exhibition will be open to visitors during the spring and summer of 2019 and is installed in the newly renovated Van Deren Coke Gallery.