Gallery: The Works of Carl Chiarenza (COM’59, GRS’64)
Retrospective exhibition spanned his career, from photographs to recent works in collage
The works of Carl Chiarenza (COM’59, GRS’64) were featured in the retrospec- tive exhibition Carl Chiarenza: Journey into the Unknown at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y., earlier this year. The exhibition spanned his entire career, from photographs he made in the 1950s to his recent work in collage. According to the museum, Chiarenza “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.” Chiarenza, a former BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of art history, is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History and artist-in-residence at the University of Rochester. Watch a video about how he makes his pictures here.