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Phoenix Art Museum Announces The Bridge at Hoover Dam: Photographs Exhibition by Jamey Stillings

The Phoenix Art Museum presents The Bridge at Hoover Dam: Photographs by Jamey Stillings, an exhibition on view August 13, 2011 – December 4, 2011 in the Lewis Gallery.

When I first encountered the bridge at Hoover Dam in March 2009, it immediately captured my attention. Watching the bridge’s construction, especially at night, was both inspiring and magical. The photographs, which evolved from this initial encounter, allowed me to meld photographic and aesthetic sensibilities with a reawakened sense of childhood curiosity and awe. Photographically, the bridge as subject was creatively and technically challenging, dynamic and transitory.

Throughout 2009-10, I returned to the bridge again and again. Each visit required fresh perspectives and visual inquiry. This opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with a single subject has brought a depth of visual understanding both to the approach and the resulting body of work.

The overarching goal of the Bridge at Hoover Dam is to acknowledge the collective talents and labors of those building the bridge and to the place the bridge within the historical context of Hoover Dam and the American West. – Jamey Stillings

Image: May 21, 2009. View upstream of the Colorado River, the bridge at Hoover Dam. The bridge’s arch was moving closer to completion with temporary pylons and cable stays supporting the arch segments on the Nevada and Arizona sides. ©2009-2010 Jamey Stillings.

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