Mills College Professor of Studio Art Catherine Wagner’s New Exhibit Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland, CA–January 17, 2013 Called “seductive” in its approach, the latest photography exhibit from Mills College Professor of Studio Art Catherine Wagner was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 7, 2013.
On exhibit now through March 2, 2013, at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, Wagner’s new series of photographs, trans/literate, continues the artist’s practice of documenting and indexing historical objects. Wagner’s seemingly three-dimensional photographic images of classic literature printed in braille illustrate how audiobooks are decreasing the prevalence of printed books and, by extension, books in braille.
“The prevalence of auditory material signals the end of reading,” said Wagner. “Serving as an analogy for the change of one form of information to another, this transfer of texts signals the loss of an irreplaceable form of learning.”
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck is one of the book photographs in artist Catherine Wagner's new show, trans/literate, at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery. Photograph by Catherine Wagner. Photo: Catherine Walker, Stephen Wirtz Gallery
Wagner, who joined the faculty of Mills College in 1978, is known for working with elements of contemporary society and representing them conceptually.
“My inquiry into the history of the book and the transformation of knowledge dovetails with working across disciplines at Mills College,” said Wagner. “I believe that the study of art mirrors the study of culture. The liberal arts environment at Mills promotes an interchange of ideas and information that I find crucial to contemporary learning.”
Wagner’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She has received several major awards, including the inaugural Visual Arts Fellowship from the San Jose Museum of Art, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two fellowships in photography from the National Endowment for the Arts.